Commercial Buildings

The Key to Building and Energy Management at Schneider Electric’s new HQ

June 25, 2015
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Schneider Electric Boston One

I recently toured building management giant Schneider Electric’s new North American headquarters in Andover, Mass. The Boston One campus, as it is called, contains offices for the company’s buildings business and other divisions, in addition to 52 R&D labs. It’s interesting to see how a company in buildings systems and energy management builds and...

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What Banking, Biomimicry and Mold Spores Have in Common

April 16, 2015
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What Banking, Biomimicry and Mold Spores Have in Common

I never thought I’d see a banker and a biomimicry expert in the same conference session, but that’s exactly what happened at the Babson Energy & Environment Conference last week. Though perhaps we should expect it. The economy-ecology relationship has been detailed here, especially in how energy efficiency improves economic productivity, by saving resources...

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“Greenest Commercial Building” Earns Living Building Certification

April 2, 2015
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“Greenest Commercial Building” Earns Living Building Certification

No April Fools, Yesterday the Bullitt Center proved its status as the greenest commercial building in the world by becoming the first office building to earn Living Building certification, the most challenging benchmark of sustainability in the built environment. To earn the certification, the Bullitt Center demonstrated that it produces more electricity from solar...

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Integrating Systems a Key to Building Efficiency

June 5, 2013
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Integrating Systems a Key to Building Efficiency

Some serious efficiencies, including energy efficiency, can be realized by integrating systems such as lighting, HVAC, security and audio/video—and this thinking is coming to commercial buildings.

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How We’ll Work: More Efficiently, More Productively

May 22, 2013
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How We’ll Work: More Efficiently, More Productively

How will we work in the (very near) future? In the latest generation of green office buildings, technologies provide ways to make the building more efficient and designs help workers and businesses be more productive.

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What Are Smart Buildings?

May 15, 2013
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What Are Smart Buildings?

What makes a building “smart”? Is it intelligence, automation, technology or something more? We got some ideas at the Verge conference in Boston this week, and of course have some of our own.

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GTA to Host #EEChat

May 8, 2013
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GTA to Host #EEChat

Interested in energy efficiency or energy management? The weekly Twitter chat #EEChat will resume this Thursday, at its regular time of 9 pm EDT, and will be hosted by Steve Castle (@GreenTechSteve) of GreenTech Advocates. Just filter your Twitter feed to #EEChat to follow along and participate by using the hashtag #EEChat.

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Plug Loads A Growing Concern

May 7, 2013
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Plug Loads A Growing Concern

Plug loads from electronic devices, mobile chargers, and vampire power are becoming a larger problem and one that green buildings and homes must address. So what's being done? A couple of the greenest and smartest buildings in the world offer us some clues.

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Energy Management Stars at one of the World’s Smartest Buildings

May 1, 2013
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Energy Management Stars at one of the World’s Smartest Buildings

If you want to see one of the smartest buildings in the world, trek just north of Toronto to the Earth Rangers Centre for Sustainable Technology. The building has earned dual LEED designations and is a showcase of energy-saving and renewable technologies. There’s 85-plus kw of solar, with 57.6 kw of panels in the...

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Greenest Office Building Sets a Standard for Energy Efficiency Tech

April 23, 2013
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Greenest Office Building Sets a Standard for Energy Efficiency Tech

Denis Hayes coordinated the first Earth Day in 1970, and now, more than 40 years later, he has opened what promises to be the greenest office building on Earth Day. Hayes now heads up the Bullitt Foundation, and its new building, the Bullitt Center in Seattle, features a collection of cool and practical green...

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