Is ‘Smart’ the Right Term?

Is ‘Smart’ the Right Term?

I attended a green conference last week and during a round-table discussion, an industry professional said she didn't like the term “smart building.” It seemed she didn't like “smart” because it implied intelligent technology, and … well … a building can be green without that. A smart building for example, could employ passive design...

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Overcoming Efficiency Engagement Hurdles: Can It Be Done?

Overcoming Efficiency Engagement Hurdles: Can It Be Done?

Could there be any more hurdles to engaging consumers, building tenants and business execs in energy efficiency initiatives? Execs at the recent Verge Conference in Boston offer up some solutions to this pressing problem.

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What Are Smart Buildings?

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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4 Keys to Building Sustainability

4 Keys to Building Sustainability

Building sustainability requires a cultural shift as much as a technological shift, says Harvard Business School professor Rebecca Henderson at the GreenBiz Verge Conference in Boston.

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Is Wireless the Answer to EV Charging?

Is Wireless the Answer to EV Charging?

Massachusetts-based startup WiTricity believes it has the answer to electric vehicle (EV) charging. But first, WiTricity vice president of sales and business development David Schatz has a torso to show me. It’s the first time WiTrcity has shown its torso, which is really a gel mold that resembles human flesh. Inside it are lights...

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GTA to Host #EEChat

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

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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Highlights from Smart Energy Summit Available

Highlights from Smart Energy Summit Available

If you missed research firm Parks Associates’ annual Smart Energy Summit back in February, you can catch up on the details with a summary released by the company, as well as some video interviews of key executives who were present, such as keynoters Roy Perry of Alarm.com and Ted Reguly of San Diego Gas...

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