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4 Easy Smart Building Technologies You Can Install Today

By Sarah Baker on Jan 18, 2019 1:10:33 PM

A smart building can mean a lot of things. It could be a system overhaul from the ground up – or, maybe you were gifted a smart speaker over the holidays, and already made your home smarter without realizing it. Some smart building upgrades exist just to make life easier, like smart lightbulbs that can dim themselves with voice commands. Others, like smart HVAC upgrades, can save considerable amounts of money on utility bills, even 30-50%.

Here are a few smart building technology options that can both make life easier and save money for building owners, facility managers, and all building stakeholders.

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The ROI of IAQ

By Sowmya Ponnada on Jan 9, 2019 1:37:43 AM

There has been a fundamental shift in the design and operations of office buildings over the past decade; from being places that will please investors to spaces that prioritize the needs and desires of their tenants. Recognizing that a healthy, happy workforce is a crucial component of a productive, successful business, companies have been investing in ergonomic, technologically equipped, impressively designed workplaces. But, their Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) remains one of the most crucial yet often neglected parameters.

Multiple studies have conclusively tied indoor air quality to employee health, absenteeism, productivity and employee morale and retention. But what is the business value in investing in better IAQ? What does improved IAQ mean to your business’ bottom line? Can you afford to ignore ‘Indoor Air Quality’ and its impact any longer? 

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Case Study: Co-Working Space Improves Occupant Experience & Operational Efficiency Through Building Automation

By Kelly Huang on Jan 2, 2019 12:17:21 PM

When they decided to open their third location in the Twin Cities metro area, The Reserve, a premiere suburban co-working space, wanted their newest tenants to enjoy the same zone-controlled experience they offer in Woodbury and Edina. After deploying 75F in their first two locations, and seeing how efficiently the buildings were operating, the choice was clear to partner with 75F, once again, for an accessible, affordable building automation system.

Watch the video to learn why The Reserve's Chief Operating Officer, Mary Bartlett, sees 75F as an operational advantage and puts her business in a position to succeed!

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Energy Management: Simple Steps for Smart Savings

By Sarah Baker on Dec 13, 2018 2:39:41 PM

According to the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), commercial buildings consume 70% of US electricity. The US Department of Energy has also found that commercial buildings waste 30% of the energy they consume. This presents a huge opportunity for Facility Managers to take advantage of smart building efficiency measures to save energy. Seeing as lighting and HVAC accounts for roughly 40-60% of a commercial building's utility costs, it makes sense as a starting point for energy savings.

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How Individualized Control improves Occupant Experience

By Krithika Chandrasekar on Dec 11, 2018 3:16:34 AM

 

Back in July 2002, Thomas Hartman of AutomatedBuildings.com talked about how people have been demanding better building comfort for years, and it hasn’t changed much since in the building landscape. Hartman says, “I predict a very strong movement to "occupant integrated" HVAC controls within the next decade. My prediction is that by the second decade of this century, most class "A" office spaces will be required to offer individual control of thermal and lighting levels. This integration will most likely be Internet-based.”

More than a decade later, less 15% of the commercial buildings are smart and adoption of individual comfort is a concept still being debated upon. In India, many class “A” buildings are yet to adopt measures to ensure comfort.

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Top 3 upcoming trends in the Indian Facility Management Industry

By Gaurav Burman on Dec 4, 2018 5:39:06 AM

 

The Indian Facilities Management Industry has seen substantial growth over the past few years. Though not as developed as in western economies, there is a growing awareness of the link between the efficiency of a business and its office environment. More and more Facility Heads are waking up to the fact that the benefits of smarter buildings include not just energy efficiency and savings, but also a boost in employee productivity which translates to a far more substantial profit for the company.

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