Time to put Inefficient Buildings in the Climate Change SpotlightMay 18th, 2022
Intelligent Energy Demand Needs Intelligent Energy SupplyJuly 20th, 2021
Dirty Cryptocurrencies Must Take A Smart Building Approach to Energy Efficiency
While still seeming strange and unofficial to many, cryptocurrencies have now become an established part of the world economy. These blockchain-based virtual currencies have become hugely popular for a wide variety of people around the world, from mom and pop investors to billionaires such as Elon Musk, who recently began accepting Bitcoin as payment for […]
Every Bit of Data Needs a Bit of Energy – The Data-Driven Environmental Cost
“With the advent of the internet of things, the amount of data being collected around the world is growing exponentially. We are collecting data with a current need in mind, we are collecting for future purposes and we are collecting it just to have it, in case we find a way to use it later,” […]
Opportunities Beyond the Building – It’s All About Breaking Down the Silos
Buildings have traditionally been designed as somewhat isolated units protecting occupants from the outside world. While buildings still need to protect people from the elements, like the first buildings were designed to do, the modern world demands more complex relationships between buildings and their urban environment. Energy no longer just flows into a building but […]
New Building to Grid Interface by EPFL Offers Unprecedented Optimization
A Swiss research team, from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), have created an innovative smart building to smart grid system that promises to better optimize our energy use. The system, which collects data on people’s energy use and sends it to the grid, was simultaneously developed by several specialist teams from the university’s electronics […]
Now is The Time To Get Serious About Energy Efficiency!
The idea that we might be better off foregoing energy efficiency efforts and instead use the saved money to fuel inefficient buildings, is a compelling thought. Although environmentalists would certainly have something to say about it, and it is a depressing thought for those that have strived to develop the energy efficiency sector. Recent comments […]
Is Simple Energy Management the Gateway Product for Smart Buildings?
In the early days of smart technology for energy efficiency in buildings we used to say, “buildings make up 40% of total energy consumption,” and that “with this smarter approach to energy efficiency we can reduce that to be greener and cleaner while reducing the strain on our grids.” In the years since the smart […]
Can We Find The Balance Between Smart Grid Data And Consumer Privacy?
So smart meters send data on electricity consumption to smart grids enabled with demand response that balance everything to make the most of renewable energy and empower consumers with solar panels to sell excess electricity back to the grid. Sounds wonderful but what about privacy? “The two types of data collected by smart grid technologies […]