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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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How Can Class B Buildings Get Smarter?

By Sarah Baker on Oct 17, 2018 7:52:14 AM

Could your office building be described as… average? Maybe it doesn’t have a fountain in the lobby, or a view of the ocean – but you have four solid walls, a non-leaking roof, and only a few drafty cubicles. Have you ever tried to make your building work with an HVAC hack? Maybe you even taped a piece of cardboard over the vent to manage the airflow. That would be pretty clever of you, MacGyver.

So, if your office building is around 10-20 years old, has some wear and tear, but is generally in good shape, you probably have a Class B building. This is good news. Investors tend to target these buildings since, with a few upgrades, they can easily become Class B+ and compete readily with Class A properties. One of those upgrades is making your Class B smart – and it’s probably easier than you think.

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ASHRAE MN Energy Expo 2018: Recap

By John Nye on Sep 28, 2018 12:47:54 PM

Our friends at the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) outdid themselves this year at the 2018 Minnesota Energy Expo, hosted at the Radisson Blu in Bloomington, Minnesota. Programming spanned three rooms with 13 presentations, including the keynote speaker, ASHRAE National President, Sheila Hayter, plus energy project deployment stories, projections about the future of energy and building automation.





So find a cozy seat and enjoy some of our key takeaways from the 2018 ASHRAE Minnesota Energy Expo!


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How Green Workspaces Create Happier Employees

By Sarah Baker on Sep 20, 2018 1:37:08 PM

We all know it, green workspaces are in. Market demand for green buildings continues to double every three years, and the demand is only going up. In 2019, the green building market is expecting to climb from $43 billion to $69 billion in the US alone.

So why is that?

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How Smart Building Technology Can Benefit Everyone - from Owners to Occupants

By John Nye on Jul 13, 2018 4:39:21 PM


How Smart Building Technology Can Benefit Everyone

Smart building technology is quickly being adopted by property owners and investors alike. In many cases, this move is a reaction to a need or a problem that their tenants may be experiencing. To many, this may seem like a one-sided benefit where tenant improvements are at the expense of the owner. However, smart building technologies tend to benefit more than just the end user as many building automation systems allow owners, facility/property managers, and mechanical technicians to be proactive, rather than reactive, many times saving on operational expenses (OpEx) along the way. 

So who else gets to reap the benefits of smart building technology?

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Occupant Experience: 3 Reasons Why the Air in Commercial Real Estate Buildings Matters

By John Nye on Jul 6, 2018 2:51:35 PM


Indoor air quality (IAQ) is likely to be 2-5x worse than outdoor  air quality. Since most people spend 90% of their time indoors, the air in your commercial real estate building can significantly affect tenant/customer health, cognitive ability, comfort & productivity!  Better air quality also means employees take 30%  fewer short-term leaves !
 

Thankfully, with the introduction of the Internet of Things (IoT), you can improve the air in your commercial real estate buildings with 75F building automation solutions, all while cutting your HVAC costs by 30-50% and receiving a return on your investment in as little as a year! Match the cut in operational expenses and increase in property value with improved air quality management (and a great occupant experience) and you have a smart building that works for you and your tenants, not the other way around!

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