Green Building and The Built Environment
The push for more green buildings is focused on the use of intelligent controls to monitor and manage lighting, HVAC, security and fire, all with the intent to lower energy costs, according to an article in Forbes.com.
William Pentland, the author of the Forbes article, points to a comment by Richard Gollis of the Concord Group to back up his statement: “Green development no longer simply represents an environmentally friendly label, but instead constitutes a new technology that has the capability to create larger profit margins for real estate.”
Both small and large companies like Johnson Controls, BuildingIQ and JouleX are taking advantage of this push for integrated building management controls as well as introducing new technologies into the market.
The article also highlights real-estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle, which has worked with Pacific Controls, an automation solutions provider for buildings, to develop its IntelliCommand system.
The system is a cloud-based platform that uses automated technology in conjunction with its engineers and facility managers to operate the company’s buildings worldwide at peak performance. The IntelliComand system offers 24/7 real-time remote monitoring.
It’s no surprise to us at Goodway that the convergence of green building and the built environment is making the headlines over at Forbes. Some of our most recent blogs including Connecting Smart Buildings and Smart Grids, Energy Management via Data Loggers, Mandated Energy Benchmarking on the Rise, More Building Owners Focusing on Energy Management and The New Trend – Behavior-Based Energy Programs have not only discussed green building, but most have highlighted this increase in whole building performance.
The University of California Berkeley Center for the Built Environment (CBE) offers a wealth of resources for discovering more about combining green initiatives with a built environment, including research and projects featuring integrative technologies.
CBE is also working with UC Berkeley’s Center for Resource Efficient Communities and the i4Energy Center to develop tools for sustainable cities that evaluate the impact of energy, greenhouse emissions, transportation and pedestrian comfort. The project, which is funded by Siemens, includes a pedestrian thermal comfort model used for planning cities, and is profiled in the CBE’s summer 2012 Centerline newsletter.
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