Buildings IoT Industry Gives Industrial Internet Consortium Something to Reference

On June 17th the Industrial Internet Consortium, with companies like Cisco, Intel, GE and IBM at the core, formally released its IoT Reference Architecture Document, making it available for complementary download. When I wrote about the first public showcasing of the reference model at the IoT World Forum in Chicago in October, the resulting BuildingContext post was … Continue reading Buildings IoT Industry Gives Industrial Internet Consortium Something to Reference

Genentech Manages Large Portfolio of Critical Facilities by ‘One Set of Numbers’ Rule

  Genentech/Roche has innovation in its DNA, and is now showing all the markers of a leader in data-driven strategies for facilities management and building operations. Genentech/Roche cut the ribbon on its latest building in South San Francisco on May 21st, with California Governor Jerry Brown holding the scissors. The Governor came to call attention to how such private … Continue reading Genentech Manages Large Portfolio of Critical Facilities by ‘One Set of Numbers’ Rule

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

Four New Ways to Scan Your Whole Building for Energy Waste

Looking at any system from a high-level and as a whole is usually the best way to get to know its key drivers. Individual buildings and portfolios of buildings are no different. While the idea of a quick and remote data analysis to assess energy performance of whole buildings is alluring, actually extracting information for business … Continue reading Four New Ways to Scan Your Whole Building for Energy Waste

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

Taps Open for Energy Efficiency Retrofits

And its up to System Integrators, Equipment Operators and Facilities Managers to Make the New Financing Models based on Energy Savings Work. In recent weeks, there has been a wave of announcements about new models for energy efficiency retrofit financing.  Schneider Electric’s Chris Hummel cites four reasons that energy efficiency financing is back. But, it’s not … Continue reading Taps Open for Energy Efficiency Retrofits

What’s in a Name? Soon, a Location

We are fast approaching the day when all of the sensors, actuators and other assets attached to an Internet-connected building automation network have a common way of communicating their name and location. The global telecommunications  industry is throwing its weight behind the effort under the umbrella trade organization TM Forum, with leadership from the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) … Continue reading What’s in a Name? Soon, a Location

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