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Smart Cities Should be Driving the Development of Smart Buildings

September 23rd, 2021
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Podcast #7: Artificial Intelligence + Domain Knowledge = A Smarter Building

September 22nd, 2021
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Are Workplaces the Gateway Smart Environment?

What is the ultimate goal of smart technology? Is it to maximize productivity in workplaces? Is it to achieve net-zero energy performance? Is it to accurately predict human behavior? Is it to create digital urban utopias? Or, is it simply to make life better for users? There may be no right answer but all of […]

Smart Cities

Energy Management is Still the Foundation of Smart Buildings

Once upon a time, smart buildings were all about energy management. Continuing pressure to cut costs and growing pressure to tackle climate change had converged to drive an energy efficiency revolution in buildings. At the heart of that revolution was smart technology, where sensor networks and big data software processed masses of information about the […]

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A Critical Moment of Opportunity Demands an Open Smart Buildings Market

Governments around the world are committing to a green recovery from the economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the fact that global energy demand actually dropped by an estimated 5% in 2020, resulting in a 7% drop in total energy-related CO2 emissions, the global nature of this crisis has brought the world together. Understanding […]

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California Continues to Set the Standard for Building Decarbonization

California is a unique place, even within the US. It is home to outstanding natural beauty, with snow-capped mountains, dry deserts, scenic beaches, and unique natural habitats, but also some of the worst environmental problems in the world with wildfires, earthquakes, resource extraction, and urban air pollution. California is also home to several of the biggest […]

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“If We Re-use & Upgrade Existing Buildings, We Are Greener On Every Front”

Shiny new smart buildings are wonderful. They have energy efficiency built in to provide cost-saving and reduce environmental impact, they apply lighting and environmental controls to ensure all occupants are comfortable and productive, and they offer a wide variety of health, safety, and security benefits. These buildings offer a glimpse of our high-tech future with […]

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Your Building Is Only As Green As Its Supply Chain

Green buildings are nothing new. In fact, the energy efficiency of a wide range of building systems and operational practices have been hallmarks of the smart building movement that has been evolving over the last few decades. However, the sustainability of buildings is about more than just operational efficiency, they must also incorporate environmentally responsible […]

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Low Economic Growth is Not a Sustainable Solution to Climate Change

Global energy demand dropped by an estimated 5% in 2020, leading to declines of 8% in oil demand, 7% in coal, and 3% in natural gas, resulting in a 7% drop in total energy-related CO2 emissions.  The contribution of renewables to the mix has actually increased slightly despite a 2% fall in global electricity demand […]

Smart Cities

Policy Not Technology Stands in the Way of Greener Buildings

Net-zero feels like the ultimate green goal for our buildings to reduce their collective impact on the environment. Currently responsible for 39% of global carbon emissions, the decarbonization of the buildings sector has long been seen as one of the most effective ways to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. The reality, however, is […]

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