Written by Ken Sinclair Tuesday, 03 December 2013 13:41
December 3, 2013 - This December column is about “Collaborating Convergence” or as I like to joke “The Gear Heads meet the C-suite”…..smile. I think we all have accepted that the convergence model is inevitable, but I am not sure we understood how much we all would have to collaborate to insure successful convergence.
Written by Devin Sikorski, Dialight Wednesday, 27 November 2013 16:04
November 27, 2013 - Running leaner and greener is a top priority for companies globally as facility managers look for solutions to help mitigate the rising cost of electricity. While equipment and process enhancements are often the primary targets for efficiency upgrades, many companies have discovered that upgrading to more energy-efficient lighting is one of the quickest and most effective ways to reach both financial and environmental goals.
Written by Ken Sinclair Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:35
November 6, 2013 - Delivering Disruption seems like an unlikely topic to speak to but it is exactly the business we all are in today as we provide new solutions that leap over and significantly change our existing marketplace.
Written by Spencer Rigler Friday, 01 November 2013 13:25
November 1, 2013 - Energy spend can have a dramatic impact on the bottom line, especially where operating margins are tight. Energy usage and building control data can prove a gold mine of information when harnessed the right way.
Written by Gary Wasslen, IBM Canada Friday, 25 October 2013 08:48
October 25, 2013 - The energy and utility industry is in the midst of a major transformation driven in part by the need for improvements to infrastructure, increased regulation and legislation, a growing demand for alternative energy sources, new levels of instrumentation and data generated by technological innovations, and a customer who is becoming more engaged with their energy use and habits. What’s more, the International Energy Outlook has projected growth of worldwide energy demand to increase by 53% by 2035.
October 7, 2013 - Never before have we had to collaborate with everything to provide the correct connectivity paths in our Automatically Smart buildings. Giant pieces of our industry are being captured online in the cloud and we have neither the time nor the resources to recreate them. We simply need to find the best way to build bridges and connect and collaborate with these resources. A few examples of this are: energy data for buildings generated automatically by smart meters; demand response requests generated by utilities; Google maps street view including floor plans for large buildings, etc., all lead us to look to creating the best Mashups of available resources. Wiki defines A Mashup, in web development, is a web page, or web application, that uses content from more than one source to create a single new service.
Written by ACEEE Tuesday, 10 September 2013 13:20
September 10, 2013 - A new analysis of devices and equipment commonly found in U.S. homes and businesses concludes that these products, with more than 2 billion in use, consume more energy each year than many large countries use to power their entire economies.
Written by Ken Sinclair Friday, 06 September 2013 14:02
September 6, 2013 - Lots of focus on the term “Smart Buildings” and what that might mean. Albert Einstein gives us good advice: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”.
Written by Jaga Climate Systems Monday, 26 August 2013 12:49
August 26, 2013 - With its opening in September 2010, the historic Evergreen Brick Works facility has been deemed a “cultural beacon” in Toronto, Ont. This multi-functional building is built on the grounds of the Don Valley Brick Works which, in its previous life, operated as one of Canada’s preeminent brick manufacturing buildings for homes and buildings throughout the country, including Massey Hall and Old City Hall.
Written by BC Hydro Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:52
August 14, 2013 - Rather than rush to turn on the air conditioner, there are simpler—and cheaper—ways to lower the temperature in your home. It all begins with minimizing the amount of heat you are generating in the first place.
August 2, 2013 - Who R We? or Annoying Acronyms R Us is our August theme. It may be not so much Who R We? as what do we call ourselves? A lot of discussion by industry folks on various LinkedIn groups about these names and acronyms.
Written by Jim McMahon Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:39
There are many processes in food manufacturing that can be addressed to reduce operating costs while at the same time improving sustainability. One of the most critically important objectives to achieving this is reducing process energy and water consumption. Implementing energy- and water-efficient practices and technologies should be a senior priority at system levels in food manufacturing plants. With the continual increase in energy and water costs, optimizing energy and water usage in food processing has never been a stronger issue.