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Smart Building Technology Spending Reaches $17.4B in 2019 - Energy Manager Today

Smart Building Technology Spending Reaches $17.4B in 2019 - Energy Manager Today | Building Automation | Scoop.it
According to a new IDC Energy Insights report, “Business Strategy: Global Smart Building Technology Spending 2015–2019 Forecast,”* smart building technology spending will grow from $6.3 billion in 2014 to $17.4 billion in 2019, registering a compound annual growth rate of 22.6 percent. The most aggressive adoption will be in Asia/Pacific, North America, and Western Europe.   ...Continue Reading
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Smart Grid: The 5 things utilities need to know about smart cities

Smart Grid: The 5 things utilities need to know about smart cities | Building Automation | Scoop.it
Smart Grid - Power utilities have a major role in the development and success of a smart city, although the exact nature of the connection between the two can be complex. We thought
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"The advent of real-time data will mean "the exit of massive predictive modeling. Actually, it will mean the entrance of massively accurate predictive analytics unlike anything we've seen before. Along with massively effective real-time optimization."

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How does sensor accuracy impact building energy management?

How does sensor accuracy impact building energy management? | Building Automation | Scoop.it
Keeping buildings warm or cool takes even more energy when the sensors don't work correctly. When you add in reporting, the problem snowballs.
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Demand response keeps energy use low at Chicago high-rise

Demand response keeps energy use low at Chicago high-rise | Building Automation | Scoop.it
Load-shifting and other technologies save energy while helping tenants stay comfortable, no matter what the weather.
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Industry Groups Streamline Green Building Tool Development

Industry Groups Streamline Green Building Tool Development | Building Automation | Scoop.it
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Next big step in the development of an integrated green building code for commercial buidlings? As for the energy performance standards, let's hope for a paradigm shift towards the 'building in use' as opposed to the calculated energy performance most building codes are based upon.

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Parks Says 64% of Smart Devices Connected to Security or Home Control

Parks Says 64% of Smart Devices Connected to Security or Home Control | Building Automation | Scoop.it
A new report also claims that 4 percent of U.S. households will have a smart controller by the end of the year.
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According to this study, consumers are starting to buy individual products such as smart programmable thermostats and smart smoke detectors in greater numbers and install them as stand-alone devices—but with the expectation that these new devices will interact with all existing and future devices in the home. I'd like to know on what common platform that integration will take place...

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According to this study, consumers are starting to buy individual products such as smart programmable thermostats and smart smoke detectors in greater numbers and install them as stand-alone devices—but with the expectation that these new devices will interact with all existing and future devices in the home. I'd like to know on what common platform that integration will take place...

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Residential Demand Response Yields 5 to 23% Savings: Opower

Residential Demand Response Yields 5 to 23% Savings: Opower | Building Automation | Scoop.it
Opower's new residential demand response program has yielded 23% savings in homes that have load control devices and peak rebate rates.
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Logging Occupancy to Optimize Energy Use - Energy Efficiency Markets

Logging Occupancy to Optimize Energy Use - Energy Efficiency Markets | Building Automation | Scoop.it
Lighting, heating, and cooling unoccupied spaces is a huge source of energy waste in buildings, and many studies have shown that building occupancy profiles have a significant impact on building energy use and operational controls. That's why it's important to log building occupancy patterns. Here's how.
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Kick-Starting the Market for Building Automation: ISE’s 2014 Opening Keynote Address

Kick-Starting the Market for Building Automation: ISE’s 2014 Opening Keynote Address | Building Automation | Scoop.it
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Clear presentation by Dirk Schlesinger from Cisco Systems providing the rationale for yet another consortium on interoperability in home and building automation. I especially like the idea of setting up a platform that can boost cross-domain innovations (energy, health, security, life style).  

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New Electric Vehicle Battery Can Help Power Buildings, Too

New Electric Vehicle Battery Can Help Power Buildings, Too | Building Automation | Scoop.it
Nissan is taking its electric vehicle to the next level, pioneering a new system that will enable companies to regulate their electricity bills by tapping into the electric vehicles their employees are driving to work.
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Improving energy storage is critical to fostering the growth of renewable energy. As more renewable energy systems are added to the electrical grid, they need to be supported by better energy storage systems — and that’s where technologies like the Nissan battery can play a key role.

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IMS Research - US Building Automation Market Primed for Growth; Could Help Commercial Structures Cope with Rising Energy Costs

IMS Research - US Building Automation Market Primed for Growth; Could Help Commercial Structures Cope with Rising Energy Costs | Building Automation | Scoop.it
The U.S.market for building automation equipment is set to grow by more than 40 percent within a five-year period ending in 2017, spurred by the need in commercial buildings for more efficient energy...
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New online portal for buildings performance data in Europe — ECEEE

New online portal for buildings performance data in Europe — ECEEE | Building Automation | Scoop.it
The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) launched this week its data hub for buildings performance and related policies in Europe, www.buildingsdata.eu.The comprehensive open data portal presents facts and figures collected for ‘Europe’s...
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The data hub has been created to assist policy makers at EU and Member State level, technical experts, building professionals, researchers, academics, consultants, NGOs and the broader energy efficiency in buildings community. 

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Harvard scientists develop a transistor that learns

Harvard scientists develop a transistor that learns | Building Automation | Scoop.it
Researchers at Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have invented a new type of transistor that can learn, potentially enabling a...
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Building and Grid Integration and Regulation With Renewables Rise

Building and Grid Integration and Regulation With Renewables Rise | Building Automation | Scoop.it
Grid operators may have a new ally in their efforts to integrate more renewable energy sources and regulate the frequency of the grid: buildings. Variable-speed drives used to run heating and cooling systems can be rapidly modulated in response to signals from grid operators, helping keep the frequency of electricity flowing across the grid within necessary tolerances.
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Interesting MIT study adds arguments to viewing buildings as active contributors in grid balancing, rather than "passive envelopes". Buildings are effectively big thermal batteries, storing heat or cold within materials in the walls, floors and ceilings and in the air inside the building envelope. That thermal storage buffer gives buildings the ability, with the right technologies implemented, to vary heating and cooling output to help regulate the grid without sacrificing the comfort of occupants.

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Impact of user behaviour and intelligent control on the energy performance of residential buildings | Leonardo ENERGY

The focus of the current study is to analyse the impact of user behaviour on the overall energy consumption of residential buildings. This includes user specific technology choices during construction phase as well as the effective user behaviour. The main question this study wants to answer is whether specific cost efficient technologies show a consistent and positive impact on the primary energy demand of a building in use. If that is indeed the case, specific stimuli might need to be developed in order to increase the market penetration and assure a widespread impact.
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Although the energy saving potential of intelligent control systems is dwellings proven (and cost optimal since their savings weigh out additional investments), current certification and regulation do not allow the valorization of such technologies. This report delivers the policy case.

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Smart Grid: The 5 things utilities need to know about smart cities

Smart Grid: The 5 things utilities need to know about smart cities | Building Automation | Scoop.it
Smart Grid - Power utilities have a major role in the development and success of a smart city, although the exact nature of the connection between the two can be complex.

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1. Sustainability is the buzzword. It covers everything from efficiency measures to water osmosis to solar-powered lighting at bus stops. But the biggest concepts here, says Kathleen Wolf Davis, are microgrids and electric vehicles.

 

2. Citizen buy-in is the backbone. After all that planning and investment and research, what if there’s a backlash? It can make or break your project, as it did with Boulder, Colorado's SmartGridCity mess.

 

3. Power is the first step. "Unfortunately, this often means that power companies pick up a lion’s share of work when building a smart city, but it also makes them leaders in the field.

 

4. Privacy is the problem. As more and more data is gathered about citizen's energy usage, privacy issues will only grow.

 

5. Real-time is the key. Timing is the crucial issue in a smart city -- reacting today to today's data.

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In energy, which comes first: products or behavior change?

In energy, which comes first: products or behavior change? | Building Automation | Scoop.it
Utilities are under pressure to get consumers to use less power. But how can we entice them to make permanent changes?
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If the behavioral programs mentioned in this article are mere marketing campaigns, I’m not very hopeful about their long-lasting impact. Such campaigns can be supportive in getting the message out, but you’re off for very long and expensive programs. The best way is to confront users (the more frequent, the better) with their energy consumption pattern, for by means of in-home displays (IHD). Such systems give real-time or averaged feedback about consumption and costs. Reported savings on household’s energy consumption are in the range of 5 to 20% using direct feedback, 10% when indirect feedback is used. Here also, a backslide is observed, but time never does undo all the savings. This approach is more effective than well-intended leaflets and flyers sent out by utilities.

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Home Automation Dominates Internet of Things Conversation

Home Automation Dominates Internet of Things Conversation | Building Automation | Scoop.it

A recent study conducted by Appinions sought to understand who the influencers are in the Internet of Things space.  Simply put, the study determined that home automation is the most popular branch of Internet of Things technology.  Large companies like Apple, Google, Phillips, Samsung, and Belkin are all getting in.

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Is Energy Modeling The Key To Zero Energy Buildings?

Is Energy Modeling The Key To Zero Energy Buildings? | Building Automation | Scoop.it
In a net zero energy building the total amount of energy used by the building annually, is roughly equal to the renewable energy created on site.
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Demand-response is recognised as the most energy efficient approach to controlling buildings. BS EN15232 recommends this strategy for all types of building. 

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Ecobee smart thermostat certified by OpenADR Alliance

Ecobee smart thermostat certified by OpenADR Alliance | Building Automation | Scoop.it
Canadian smart energy company Ecobee has become the first thermostat company to receive OpenADR 2.0b certification in a move to make the product better suited t (.@ESourceEssie: Ecobee has become the first smart #thermostat company to receive OpenADR...

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Last person out, the building will turn off the lights

Last person out, the building will turn off the lights | Building Automation | Scoop.it

Sensors determine whether a room is occupied, so lighting, heating and cooling get adjusted to be more energy efficient and save building owners money.Though provincial incentives to reward energy efficiency may give commercial landlords a financial impetus, many find it is also a necessity for attracting tenants. But in older buildings, it’s not that easy to become more energy efficient.


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Un système qui combine des détecteurs de mouvement et de CO2  et une boite de dialogue avec le système de pilotage des consommations conventionnelles du bâtiment. On mise à 100% sur la technologie, en considérant que bailleurs et usagers veulent optimiser la performance énergétique mais ne pas s'y impliquer, quitte à laisser le contrôle à la technologie.

Karen Fletcher's curator insight, August 21, 2014 5:10 AM

Remote monitoring for occupancy to reduce energy usage in a wide portfolio of buildings. 

 

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FAQs on the EPBD — ECEEE

FAQs on the EPBD — ECEEE | Building Automation | Scoop.it

There are many questions that are being asked about the recast EPBD and how different it is from the original Directive. eceee tries to answer the most common ones and this FAQ report will be updated regularly, as eceee is asked more questions about the recently approved recast Directive.

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Look How Drastically Intelligent LEDs Can Cut Energy Consumption — ECEEE

Look How Drastically Intelligent LEDs Can Cut Energy Consumption — ECEEE | Building Automation | Scoop.it
“The deepest energy savings are possible with the most aggressive controls strategies.”
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What can BACS do for energy performance in buildings?

What can BACS do for energy performance in buildings? | Building Automation | Scoop.it

As a result of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), about 40 technical standards were developed to harmonize the energy calculation methods concerning buildings. EN 15232 is the standard that concerns the energy impact of building automation, controls and building management.
The basic principle of EN 15232 is to use building controls to ensure that energy is used only if a demand exists. The functions are being mapped to classes D to A. The resulting factor indicates the approximate amount of savings per function/class. These factors are of course dependent on building type (e.g. office, hospital).

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eu.bac, the European Building Automation and Controls Association, has developed a new certification scheme for improved energy efficiency of Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS), corresponding to existing classification systems such as LEED, HQE, and BREEAM. This article describes the 3-step procedure for eu.bac Certification Scheme (eu.bac System).

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Power-harvesting device converts microwave signals into electricity

Power-harvesting device converts microwave signals into electricity | Building Automation | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a device that can be tuned to capture microwave energy from various sources, including satellite, sound or Wi-Fi signals. The res...
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