Rick Rolston

Rick is CEO of BuiltSpace Technologies Corp. (Vancouver Canada). BuiltSpace provides integrated building information management services to help building stakeholders create more sustainable and valuable building ecosystems.
Rick Rolston has written 105 posts for BuiltSpace Blog

When Cloud Companies Build Towers, Real Estate Tech Rockets Ahead

Originally posted on Building Context:
Salesforce Tower is expected to be the tallest U.S. building west of Chicago when completed in 2017. Salesforce Tower, a new, 61-story project at 415 Mission Street in San Francisco, won’t be open and occupied until sometime in 2017, but its influence on top-end office properties is already being felt. …

IoT Mashup: Edge Computing Concepts in a Building Operational Analytics Context

Real-time Asset Management. Re-thinking FM to the core.

I am the CEO of a Software as a Service company that is fundamentally changing how facilities are operated and maintained. We started the company in 2011 because we realized that making buildings more energy efficient had to start with better information about the buildings themselves. To get better information we need better operational processes … Continue reading

Why 57% of Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) fail (and how to fix them)

Many facilities managers have implemented Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) or Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) tools to help track building operations and maintenance, yet according to CMMSCity , 57% of facilities managers surveyed reported that these systems have not delivered the desired ROI. A Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) or Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) System … Continue reading

Money Taps Open for Energy Efficiency Retrofits

Originally posted on Building Context:
Smart Buildings System Integrators Need to Seize the Moment to Reinvent The Profession In previous posts I reported on news coming from tech companies involved in the Internet of Things (IoT) movement, and how that news could impact the buildings industry.  In recent weeks, waves of announcements from the world of…

Operational Transformation: Managing Outsourced Facility Services

Outsourcing of facilities services, including preventative and emergency maintenance of mechanical and electrical systems, cleaning, landscaping security and other services, is a fact of life for most commercial and institutional property owners. When dealing with maintenance and asset management processes, outsourcing becomes a sticky problem; outsourced service providers must be managed, just like internal staff, … Continue reading

Best Practice in Building Maintenance. Reactive, Preventative or Predictive?

Originally posted on BuiltSpace Blog:
The US Department of Energy publication, Operations & Maintenance Best Practices, A Guide to Achieving Operational Efficiency (G. P. Sullivan, R. Pugh, A. P. Melendez, W. D. Hunt, December 2002) highlights O&M programs targeting energy efficiency that are estimated to save 5% to 20% on energy bills without a significant…

Maintenance Matters: The energy cost of HVAC air filters.

Originally posted on BuiltSpace Blog:
Every day your building loses energy efficiency, with occasional improvement as equipment is serviced. The “drift”, if left unchecked, could be as much as 30 percent of your energy energy consumption. How does this happen? A 2012 University of British Columbia study (Montgomery, Green & Rogak) considers the energy cost…

Assessing how to decarbonise our energy systems

Originally posted on Energy in Demand – Sustainable Energy – Rod Janssen:
Jeff McMahon provides an important article on the effort required to decarbonise the US energy system. While it includes efforts on the demand side, it mainly relates to decarbonised energy supply. Hopefully this is leading to a better dialogue to gain some consensus…

The world needs a game changer

Originally posted on Energy in Demand – Sustainable Energy – Rod Janssen:
In April this year, John Llewellyn wrote an excellent column for eceee on Formula 1 and the need for incentives to encourage innovation. For the Financial Times, John continues talking about vehicles and the need for encouraging inventiveness, possible through some “incentive.” As…

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