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Building Automation and Controls Market to Reach Nearly $50 Billion

February 19, 2013
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Building Automation and Controls Market to Reach Nearly $50 Billion

A research report by Research and Markets says the global building automation and controls market is expected to reach $49.5 billion by 2018 and grow at a double-digit compound annual growth rates (CAGR) from 2013 to 2018. According to the report, demand for energy-efficient buildings, more convenient devices and enhanced security via building automation...

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“Greenest Office Building” Uses Daylight Dimming, Aggressive Plug Load Reduction

February 8, 2013
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“Greenest Office Building” Uses Daylight Dimming, Aggressive Plug Load Reduction

Editor’s note: This article is reposted from Earth Techling. Author is Randy Wood. When you’re billed as the “World’s Greenest Office Building” for more than a year before you’ve finished construction, you’d better make a big entrance. The Seattle-based environmental organization known as The Bullitt Foundation has taken up the challenge by announcing that...

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Efficiency Technology Saves Energy in New York Times Building

Efficiency Technology Saves Energy in New York Times Building

Designing a building holistically, and making sure that its components and systems work together according to design intent, can pay big dividends in energy savings and occupant satisfaction, according to a study of The New York Times Building by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The study, A Post-occupancy Monitored Evaluation of the...

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Smart Home Building Requires Smart Collaboration

February 5, 2013
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Smart Home Building Requires Smart Collaboration

Building in the 21st century requires holistic building practices—and not just in constructing a sustainable or smart home where the materials and build quality can affect design, heating and cooling, energy needs. All the subsystems should also work in sync. And so should the various trades on a project.

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Do Control Systems Use More Energy Than They Save?

January 15, 2013
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Do Control Systems Use More Energy Than They Save?

I keep hearing something disturbing—and unfortunately uneducated—from the mouths of some green and green building experts, who seem to believe that technologies such as automation systems, lighting control and energy monitoring systems use more energy than they save. I have called experts to see if anyone can quantify this, and best response I’ve received...

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‘Greenest Home in America’ Relies on Efficiency Technologies

January 8, 2013
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‘Greenest Home in America’ Relies on Efficiency Technologies

Energy conservation was a key driver in building Tah.Mah.Lah, which may be the greenest house in America. Everything from a solar system to geothermal to water conservation has energy savings in mind. And all these sustainable building systems get a huge boost from some very cool home technologies.

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How to Pick an Energy Management Vendor

December 26, 2012
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How to Pick an Energy Management Vendor

Got that New Year’s resolution to implement an energy management plan at your facility, campus or commercial building? There are some basics to think about before you act, as outlined last week by Groom Energy Vice President of Sustainability Consulting and Research Paul Baier, in a webinar on “Demystifying the Enterprise Energy Management Software...

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Is Affordable Energy Management Possible?

December 20, 2012
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Is Affordable Energy Management Possible?

Many of us think of energy monitoring and energy management in terms of real-time monitoring, meaning you get almost instant feedback about electricity or water use. Such systems can be expensive and complicated, though, especially for commercial buildings. So what if you want to get a good view of one or several buildings’ energy...

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3 Commercial LED Lighting Ideas

December 17, 2012
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3 Commercial LED Lighting Ideas

LED lighting for commercial applications is a hot topic. And any lights that are on 24/7 or a lot are candidates for immediate replacement—possibly with some rebates or other incentives from your local utility. Many say that converting to LEDs in big office buildings isn’t a great idea just yet, as initial replacement LED...

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Off-the-Grid Home Stores Energy and Automates Load Shedding

December 3, 2012
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Off-the-Grid Home Stores Energy and Automates Load Shedding

We hear it all the time: “I’d like to go off the grid.” “Produce all my own power—and store it.” These declarations come from a wide swath of people. They come from those looking at modest solar photovoltaic (PV) investments to power their homes with grid-tied systems and realizing that when utility power goes...

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