Smart-building tech market set to triple
The market for smart-building technologies is expected to triple between now and 2018, according to a new report from IDC Energy Insights. The “Global Smart Buildings Forecast 2013-2018” predicts that spending in the sector will grow from $7.3 billion in 2014 to $21.9 billion in 2018. The predicted rapid... Read more
Smarter energy grids with more renewable power, automated controls and electric cars will bring changes to the buildings we live and work in too. And the sooner our buildings can adapt to tomorrow’s energy environment, the smarter and more energy-efficient they — and we — can be. That’s the... Read more
Facility managers and building owners will find it easier to incorporate digital video surveillance into their building control systems through a new integrated offering from Honeywell and Tridium. According to Tridium, the Rapid Eye Driver can help managers use video to diagnose heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) maintenance... Read more
Project Frog, a San Francisco-based business that offers a system for building efficient, prefabricated and sustainable structures, has secured a $22-million investment to help it expand its sales pipeline and fulfill orders. Led by GE’s Energy Financial Services, the investment round was also joined by Claremont Creek Ventures, Greener... Read more
No one knows for sure how many buildings there are in the world, but we do know this: many of today’s structures are woefully inefficient. That matters because inefficiency means wasted energy: electricity and natural gas that could be used elsewhere for other purposes. Inefficiency also means money wasted... Read more
Agilewaves, a building energy management firm based in California, has developed a turnkey system that meets the requirements of the new LEED Advanced Energy Metering credits. The Agilewaves Building Optimization System supports: Permanently installed meters with recording intervals stored in 5-minute increments Measurements for consumption, demand and power factor... Read more
The US is banking on public-private partnerships to help make buildings across the country more energy efficient and save billions on energy costs. The Better Buildings Challenge, announced by President Barack Obama in February aims to improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings across the US by 20 percent,... Read more
The spectre of skyrocketing energy prices is driving “record levels” of projects to improve building efficiency around the globe, a new survey finds. The fifth annual global Energy Efficiency Indicator survey — conducted by Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency, the International Facility Management Association and the Urban Land... Read more
It might still look its age — about a century old — on the outside, but Tulane University’s School of Architecture building is getting a 21st-century makeover to its innards that will make it “smarter” and more energy efficient than ever before. IBM is transforming Richardson Memorial Hall in... Read more
So what exactly are “smart buildings”? The simple answer is that there’s automation involved somehow that makes managing and operating buildings more efficient. Pinning down an exact definition, though, isn’t easy in a sector that’s evolving so quickly. Here’s how various organisations define — for better or for much... Read more