Darren Wright, a Director at Arup, has released a video stream of his presentation on the history and future of the controls industry on youtube. It’s a very on-point statement on the topic from the viewpoint of an experienced building commissioning expert. His understanding of the development of control automation goes all the way back … Continue reading ‘Death of Controls Industry’ as Explained by Darren Wright of Arup
Is this generation of tech innovation just fluff? Media site TechCrunch.com published a plea from Senior Editor Matt Burns for the Tech world to pay some attention to the crisis of contaminated water in Flint, Michigan: “Let’s fix this. Let’s use the tools that allow us to deliver booze on demand and the tools that let … Continue reading Social Media Tech: Fluff and Foundational at the Same Time
Investment dollars to transform commercial building energy wasters into high performers are there, but won’t be tapped until bankers are confident in the measurement and verification of savings. The Paris Climate Agreement is “the beginning of the end of the fossil-fuel era,” according to one negotiator, Marcelo Mena Carrasco of Chile. I just hope it’s … Continue reading Way Forward from Paris is Via Automated M&V for Commercial Building Energy Efficiency
The route to Smart Building success may be just around the next turn. Here are six emerging go-to-market strategies for Smart Building technology as identified by Anno Sholten of Connexx Energy.
Here's hoping that the team from Parks and Recreation will do a Greenbuildings-themed spin-off. I’m putting the idea out there today on the chance it will catch the eye of the show’s creators and sponsors in time for Greenbuild 2015 in Washington DC this week. That would be a great place to put out a casting call. … Continue reading The Ron Swanson’s and Tom Haverford’s of Green Buildings
Hype is just a natural and necessary ingredient in the life cycle of any technology. So says the IT Research firm Gartner Group, and it has been producing yearly Hype Cycle curves for about 20 years. In his book Leadership B.S., Jeffrey Pfeffer, Stanford Professor, writes that the ability to hype, a.k.a. to lie, is one of the traits that makes … Continue reading Of Pitchforks and Haystacks
The building automation and controls industry sits at the nexus of a building’s solar arrays and its microgrid, as well as at the seat of its transactive energy potential with neighboring microgrids. Automation and control frameworks built upon open architectures have emerged as clear winners among building owners because they allow data to be pulled … Continue reading Navigating the New Landscape of Energy Efficiency, Renewables and Microgrids