smart building technology Articles

  • Powering Renewable Programs: The Utility Perspective

    When considering how to build out a renewable energy portfolio, there are a lot of factors and many points of view to consider. For purposes of this narrative, we will take the point of view of the electric utility itself. Your electricity providers are quite familiar with the concept of a “smart grid.” According to the Department of Energy (DOE), a smart grid “generally refers ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • 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 Foundation

  • 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

  • 100 Simple Ways To Save Water

    To improve water conservation install a rain sensor, it turns off your irrigation when it rains. Use a weather-based controller. The use of smart controllers can reduce water usage 24% a year on average. Learn about available rebate programs ...


    By Jain Irrigation, Inc

  • Sensors and Sensitivity - The need for smart environmental sensing technology

    With the rapid increase in technology, environmental sensors are required to perform for a multitude of systems and must also comply with the Internet of Things. Over the past 100 years, environmental sensors have mainly been used to forecast the weather. Over the past 10 years, these sensing technologies have spread tremendously and now help to optimize many industrial processes; important ...

  • Smart Series-Odor Management

    Tackling odors at composting facilities is a manageable task made simpler by inventorying and treating all sources and tapping into technology advances. Perhaps one of the most difficult realities that had to be faced 15 to 20 years ago by the composting universe is that the phrase, “odor-free” - at least when it comes to composting - is probably an oxymoron. Feedstocks that biodegrade within the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Smart Grids – The Governmental Approach

    Scott Blake Harris is the General Council for the US Department of Energy, and has recently spoken out at the NGU US summit (hosted by GDS International).   He was nominated in the position by President Barack Obama in March 2009, and was confirmed by the United States Senate in May 2009.  He focused his address on the $4 billion investment into smart grids and renewables across ...


    By GDS International

  • SAVORTEX Makes Finalist – Building Technology Of The Year 2016 - Case Study

    SAVORTEX smart hand dryers makes finalist for BusinessGreen Technology Awards 2016 The innovation and green credentials of SAVORTEX’s transformational technology has been recognised with its shortlisting for the 2016 Building Technology of the Year BusinessGreen Technology Awards. The winner of this prestigious award will be revealed at the IET London in Savoy Place on Friday ...


    By SAVORTEX Ltd

  • Smart grid: How big is big?

    A Cisco executive attracted some eye rolling after commenting that smart grid could be “even bigger than the Internet.” But the statement isn’t farfetched when you think about what smart grid encompasses: a convergence of three industry giants: information technology, telecommunications and the electric grid, the world’s biggest machine. A report this week by Greentech Media made clear just how ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • State of the Smart Grid Business in 2013

    Smart Grid sales across the world in the last 3 years at installed prices have grown by CAGR of approx. 35% and climbed to $36.5 billion in 2012. Given the general global economic demise during this period these figures are remarkable. However they include a steady flow of refurbishment business that has for more than 10 years incrementally improved and smartened up the control and reliability of ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Culligan UF-P2 water filtration system - smart well technology for disaster response & beyond

    A Longstanding Commitment to Innovation & Philanthropy As a global leader in water treatment, Culligan has developed innovative industrial and commercial water treatment systems for over 70 years. The company's worldwide network, strong service capability and revolutionary technology offers customers one source for end-to-end water treatment solutions tailored to help meet their ...


    By Culligan Matrix Solutions

  • Northeast US a smart energy testing ground

    By Elisa Wood August 19, 2010   Ben Franklin’s saying, “Out of adversity comes opportunity” seems to characterize the energy sector in US Northeast. Electricity rates are among the nation’s highest. Population density leaves scant room for new power plants and transmission lines.  And the region has little indigenous generation fuel. So ...

  • ‘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 ...

  • Why smart utilities are embracing distributed electricity

    Power companies that take initiative now can position themselves for a bright future in tomorrow’s clean energy economy The growth of distributed energy generation, particularly in the form of solar energy, leaves the aging, monopolistic electric utility system a daunting choice: Come out swinging in defense of the status quo or boldly jump into the cockpit, put on the ...


    By Ensia

  • 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

  • Sainsbury’s to cut energy costs with new intelligent building

    Retail giant will start using a smart-grid system at Kent store on Wednesday as part of another green initiative to cut carbon emissions. Sainsbury’s will start testing a smart-grid system at its new Hythe store in Kent on Wednesday, in an attempt to cut its carbon emissions and reliance on the grid at times of peak demand. The company said the smart grid system technology was a ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

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