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How Does Your State Rank in ACEEE’s 2019 Energy Efficiency Scorecard?

While the White House works to roll back national energy savings efforts, many state legislatures and governors are establishing the transition to clean energy and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as their top priority. According to the 2019 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), U.S. states are taking the lead in clean energy initiatives and adopting ambitious goals and energy-saving rules for buildings, appliances, and vehicles.

3 Ways Smart Lighting Addresses Higher Education Facilities Challenges

Higher education is undergoing profound changes.  Declining enrollments, changing student demographics, and waning retention rates have institutions sharpening their competitive edges. In the fight to recruit and retain a larger share of the dwindling pool of potential students, many schools are looking to build new or retrofit their aging buildings. However, universities are finding limited capital funding is forcing them to do more with less.

A Checklist for Implementing Data Analytics in Commercial Real Estate

This blog post is the second of a 2-part introductory series on Data Analytics in Commercial Real Estate. In part 1, we showed that data analytics leverages verified data to reach decisions rather than using intuition or guesswork and is core to driving strategic business decisions.

Implementing or improving a data analytics program in commercial real estate requires upfront planning and several critical steps. Here’s a quick checklist to follow:

Smart Lighting System Security-System and Communications Protection Strategies

This is the 3rd article of a 4-part introductory series on Managing Security Risks in Smart Lighting Systems. In this series, learn about best practices, based on NIST standards and guidelines, for identifying and mitigating cybersecurity risks and threats, as well as implementing cybersecurity controls on an organizational level. The first article introduced the concept of a multi-tiered approach to smart lighting system cybersecurity. The second article focused on two key security control families: access control/identification and authentication. In this third article, we’ll focus on Building Automation and Control System security control families that relate to system and communication protection, and system and information integrity.

What Progress Have We Made Toward Addressing Climate Change?

We are seeing rising sea levels, increases in heat waves, dramatic glacier melt, and a longer more extreme wildfire season all due to climate change.  In Boston, July 2019 was not only the hottest July recorded, but the hottest month on record.  That same month the U.K. experienced their highest temperature ever recorded and this was after setting records during the previous month in June 2019.

Why do Commercial Real Estate Decision-Makers Need Data Analytics?

“Data” is increasingly important to all organizations in the way that energy, raw materials and talent are. It has become an essential resource – table stakes, really – for today’s operations. And while “big data” is a buzzword that sometimes deters decision-makers from paying further attention to the topic, there are compelling reasons to look past the hype and focus on substance instead; that is, to put technology to work to extract business value from data.

Top 10 Benefits of a Cloud-based Commercial Lighting System

Gartner, a global research and advisory firm defines big data as high-volume, high-velocity and/or high-variety information assets that demand cost-effective, innovative forms of information processing that enable enhanced insight, decision-making, and process automation.

Smart Lighting System Security—Access Control and Authentication Strategies

This is the second blog post of a multi-part introductory series on Managing Security Risks in Smart Lighting Systems

IoT Trends that Impact Educational Institutions and Learning

The Internet of Things (IoT) is widely entrenched in education today with distance and online learning, learning management systems, and completely virtual universities. With cloud-connected devices, students can take a class from an Ivy League university right from their home, prep for the SAT with an online tutor, and learn just about any skill by viewing a YouTube video.

Why Smart Lighting and Building Management System Integration Makes Sense

Most facility managers today are using building management systems (BMS), also known as building automation control systems (BACS), to control and monitor some of their buildings’ mechanical and electrical equipment such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), and safety and security systems. Centrally managing these individual systems has enabled facility teams to take advantage of a number of operational and energy efficiencies. For many facilities, however, the lighting system has remained separate from the BMS. This has translated into an opportunity loss. Further optimization of energy usage and operations through lighting system and BMS integration could be significant.