Way Forward from Paris is Via Automated M&V for Commercial Building Energy Efficiency

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

Data Centers Reach Toward Operational Excellence Guided by Predictive Analytics

Few data centers expect any deceleration in the speed and volume of data they must handle. Rather, it is a constant matter of asking “Where should our next 100 servers be placed?” Among the variables to consider are heat generation, power requirement with proper load balancing, network bandwidth and network security. In certain co-location scenarios, … Continue reading Data Centers Reach Toward Operational Excellence Guided by Predictive Analytics

Navigating the New Landscape of Energy Efficiency, Renewables and Microgrids

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

Semantic Spaces: Where Everything is in a Name

Last month, Toby Considine closed his column with an invitation to meet him in Northern California in mid-September, where he was speaking at the TechIntersection conference. I seized that opportunity to interview Toby on the topic of  Semantic Spaces and the Buildings IoT. Some of Toby’s authority on this subject stems from his work since … Continue reading Semantic Spaces: Where Everything is in a Name