When Cloud Companies Build Towers, Tech Transfers into Real Estate

Salesforce Tower, a new, 61-story project at 415 Mission Street in San Francisco, won’t be open and occupied until sometime in 2017, but its influence on top-end office properties is already being felt.  Jim Whalen SVP & CIO of Boston Properties, co-developer of the tower, explained the tech transfer phenomena in a RealComm panel discussion … Continue reading When Cloud Companies Build Towers, Tech Transfers into Real Estate

Diagnosing Energy Performance Up and Down the Building System Hierarchy

  The team at KGS Buildings makes a compelling case for a modeling approach to whole-building energy assessment that also supports a continuous and connected process as you move up and down through a building system hierarchy.  Diagnosing a detected anomaly, for example, can require examining operational efficiency of the HVAC system as a whole, then a … Continue reading Diagnosing Energy Performance Up and Down the Building System Hierarchy

For Energy Analytics, Skip Big Data. Start With Right Data

Altura Pioneers Building Performance Commissioning Guided by Operational-Data-Based Diagnostics The Connected Building Commissioning (CBCx) process of Energy Engineering services firm, Altura Associates, exemplifies yet another approach to whole-building/whole-portfolio energy assessment. This involves on-site connection to the building management system (BMS) to extract realtime data from thousands of measured HVAC, water and lighting points and feeding … Continue reading For Energy Analytics, Skip Big Data. Start With Right Data

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?