In NYC, Rudin EVP Explains Why Buildings Need a Brain

John Gilbert, COO/EVP/CTO of Rudin Management Company (RMC) spoke at a Greenbiz VERGE Salon event on Sept. 16 in New York City on how technology and data are transforming the future of  buildings and cities.  Gilbert speaks often on the integration of technology into the built environment. He also addressed the audience at the RealComm conference in Las … Continue reading In NYC, Rudin EVP Explains Why Buildings Need a Brain

Microsoft Azure ML – New Support for Building Predictive Analytics

Microsoft Azure ML Designed to Attract More Machine Learning Development Partners: First Use Case is by OSIsoft at Carnegie Mellon Microsoft recently demonstrated a special Azure ML cloud service that provides a browser-based interface for authoring the machine learning algorithms that power predictive analytics, such as Smart Building operational analytics.  The interface is easy enough for non-data scientists … Continue reading Microsoft Azure ML – New Support for Building Predictive Analytics

How do you Spell IoT for Smart Buildings?

All the Big IT companies are running campaigns touting their role in the coming Internet of Things (IoT) computing era. A common vision is that software, particularly mobile apps, will reign supreme over embedded systems-on-a-chip, sensors, wireless communications and other components making more of the physical world digitally addressable thus bringing greater productivity, health, comfort … Continue reading How do you Spell IoT for Smart Buildings?

New Work: Interactive Timeline for Automated Buildings

Click here, then click Continue to explore 15 years of thought-leadership in the Automated Buildings industry: Here's a just-completed BuildingContext.me project. It started when I read Ken Sinclair's - automatedbuildings.com's March Obix review and was pointed back to dinosaur bones: Writing in 2002, Eric Craton and Dave Robin of Automated Logic described a path that is still ahead of us. My … Continue reading New Work: Interactive Timeline for Automated Buildings

Almost Viral – McKenney’s Eglin Story

How high is the bar in my chosen niche, storytelling for buildings professionals? Spreading word through their highly fragmented industries and markets is hard. So winning pick-up by more than a handful of cross-discipline hub-influencers is 'viral'. Recently, McKenney’s, a well-established building systems integration and contracting firm out of Atlanta, achieved that goal with its story … Continue reading Almost Viral – McKenney’s Eglin Story

Expect SolarCity’s Innovations to Migrate Beyond Solar and the Home

In discussing SolarCity, Elon Musk explained that his approach is to recognize the biggest, most costly problems in any value chain and to focus innovation energy there. For residential solar energy, he identified the cost of financing and cost of installation as those problem areas. Similarly, financing is the factor gating energy efficiency technology. With … Continue reading Expect SolarCity’s Innovations to Migrate Beyond Solar and the Home

Applying Whole-Building Thinking to Content Strategy

My introduction to the buildings industry began in 2007 when I led the awareness campaign for the IDeAs Z-squared facility, one of the USA's first net zero energy buildings. I was schooled in whole building design principles and the integrated design process from American Institute of Architecture Fellows from EHDD Architecture and Integral Group. Basically, this process involves thinking about … Continue reading Applying Whole-Building Thinking to Content Strategy