smart building Articles

  • Application of nanostructured smart materials in sustainable buildings

    A case study of microclimate control and assessment in airplane cabin by innovative use of smart materials and airflow management is presented. The journey in a hostile environment, the limited resources and the effort of improving well being and comfort while preserving energies and materials consumption is taken as a metaphoric approach to sustainable development in architecture that can be ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Battery Storage will have a Profound Impact on Smart Buildings

    Often the best ideas are the most simple and elegant. If electric vehicles and consumer devices can have battery storage why can’t buildings? And if buildings can pull electricity from the grid at off peak times and store it in batteries, wouldn’t that save money? Since 2009, Stem based in California, have been working on these questions and disrupting the energy storage industry. ...

  • Adding Big Data and Analytics to the Smart Building Equation

    Continuing our series of articles on Innovation we talked to Dave Bartlett, Vice President, IBM Smarter Physical Infrastructure, about IBM’s vision for the Smart Building market and the key emerging technologies. There seem to be many definitions of ‘Smart’ Buildings. How do you define ‘Smart’ and what is IBM’s vision for this market? Is it just about reducing ...

  • Smart buildings: ten trends to watch in 2012 and beyond

    Buildings are becoming smarter through the deployment of intelligent and energy efficient technologies that reduce energy consumption while making buildings easier to manage and operate. Demand for efficient HVAC and lighting systems, as well as other types of hardware like controls and submeters, is growing as the value proposition for energy efficiency is proven again and again. In addition, ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • The Reality of Future Smart Cities

    Your city is stupid. The flooding and potholed streets, the poor built buildings leaking considerable amount of energy, coin-operated parking devices, traffic jams many of us encounter every day have been recognizable features of almost every city for centuries. But the smart cities future is here, and it has just started its journey. Thanks to exceptional advances in technology and proliferation ...

  • Building automation - smart Lufft-sensor on Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens - Case Study

    In Athens the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), which was designed by Renzo Piano, is built. It will host the the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera. We are part of this actual largest buliding project in Greece in form of a WS601-UMB compact weather sensor: On the photovolatic roof the sensor measuring temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, wind ...

  • Smart urban design for India’s sustainable future

    Indore’s new Bus Rapid Transit system, the iBus, recently completed a successful run of 100 days. This system is not just a first in the city, but also in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The iBus spans an 11.4-kilometer corridor, 21 median stations, and features custom-designed buses that ...

  • Smart Infrastructure is Key for QA/QC

    Paperless, or more accurately integrated, labs enjoy streamlined operations with better data, while minimizing costs, validation and maintenance. Laboratories responsible for QA/QC are a sum of many parts, but no part is more important than data. Data is THE product, and the integrity of that data is more than critical to today’s pharmaceutical laboratories. So what happens when processes ...


    By Poplar Solutions, LLC

  • Top 10 residential green building trends to watch in 2012

    Here's a list of some top trends that will help accelerate growth in the residential market, as compiled by the Earth Advantage Institute. Urban density. Filling in the spaces is the name of the game as homeowners and builders opt to create more living space through the construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), laneway homes (bordering the back lane behind the main house), ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • 10 tips to become ecosystem smart in DRR interventions

    10 tips developed by Wetlands International for policy makers and practitioners to better integrate the management of ecosystems and natural resources in their DRR work. 1. Build understanding and capacity on ecosystems and the services they deliver Build capacity of government at all levels, communities and civil society organisations on the services that ecosystems deliver and ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Smart compressed air measurement - Case Study

    Air may be free, but compressed air certainly isn’t. Every day, leaks and inefficient compressors cost companies money and lead to more electricity usage. As air  compressors churn away 24/7, endlessly maintaining the air pressure in compressed air distribution lines, dollars leak away from the bottom line. Measuring compressed air can be a big challenge. In many manufacturing ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • The Five Factors of Smart Laboratory Success

    The Five Factors Research organizations are under pressure to cut costs while maintaining or increasing throughput. To improve their operations, many laboratories are considering investments in data management or support and automation systems like ELNs, LIMS or Robotics/HTS. Whatever the change that is introduced, there are many pitfalls on the way to delivery, roll-out and ...

  • ACOEM: DUO introduces the “Smart Noise Monitor”

    A new generation of Environmental noise measuring instruments, devoted to: Classical hand-held sound level meter measurements, using the built-in keyboard and screen or a wireless remote control (Wi-Fi, 3G), Short, medium or long-term stand-alone measurements, the operator having full remote control of the instrument. The “Smart Noise Monitor” DUO is ...


    By ACOEM

  • Green Buildings: Economics and Policies

    Introduction Green building has received increased attention over the past decade from both environmental economists and policymakers. While there is no single definition of “green buildings” or its related policy, researchers and organizations tend to emphasize resource efficiency in building and reducing the impacts of buildings on human health and the environment. ...


    By Oxford Journals

  • Greener Horizons: How sustainability can lead the smart cities revolution

    Background Smart cities combine new and emerging technologies with a vision of more efficient and, proponents claim, more sustainable urban environments. Sustainability is often seen as a by-product of smart city technology—instead of being the driving force behind smart cities. Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, brought together a panel of ...


    By Bullfrog Power Inc.

  • ‘Smart’ flood alleviation system protects Portsmouth

    In late 2014, Southern Water completed a major project to reduce the risk of sewer flooding in parts of Portsmouth and Southsea. Substantial works were undertaken to divert runoff and tidal ingress, and a ‘smart’ hydrometeorological monitoring system was installed to enable prompt diversion of excess water during periods of high rainfall. Sewer level monitoring is undertaken in ...


    By OTT HydroMet

  • What smart businesses know about corporate social responsibility

    Companies that are most successful in turning CSR into a business advantage do these three things well. When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their vision for the environment as it relates to business, culture, ecosystems, energy, food, health, water and the world ( ...


    By Ensia

  • Case study - The home depot smart home-duke university

    Project: The Home Depot Smart Home-Duke University; smarthome.duke.edu Location: Durham, NC Application: Toilet Flushing, Laundry and Landscape Irrigation System(s): Landscape - (2)1,400 Gallon CorGal®, Model 602 with, RMH-10 Pump Station, Domestic - (6) 350 Gallon Top Tanks w/ RMH-10 Easy, Stand Pump and Controls, ...

  • Innovation in Security Solutions Driven by its Union with Intelligent Buildings

    There are no shortage of recent start up companies aiming to disrupt the Security Industry. Over the previous decade, similar companies have bought new technology and business models to market, adding significant value. We recently spoke to Erik Lindstein, CEO of Embsec AB about his vision for innovation in security and the opportunity for Small & Medium Size Companies (SME’s). ...

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