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Responsive Real Estate Services, The Collaborative Economy & the Internet of Things

Digital technologies are disrupting real estate markets, threatening to take people out of malls and commercial buildings in favour of digital marketplaces and shared virtual workplaces.    Assets, of all types, are being used in new collaborative ways, to maximize utility and minimize costs.   The Collaborative Economy, which has seen the rapid adoption of shared … Continue reading

Building Energy Efficiency: Why is it so Darn Hard to Sell?

Businesses nationwide would save about $1 billion each year in energy costs if they replaced their 10-20 ton commercial units with units that meet this specification. http://www.advancedrtu.org/find-a-product.html The US Department of Energy launched the Advanced RTU Campaign to encourage the replacement of existing rooftop units (RTU) with new high performance units.  These replacement RTU could … Continue reading

Are Service Records the Real Key to Energy Efficiency?

There is a direct relationship between building equipment maintenance and building energy efficiency.    Dirt, heat, corrosion and lack of lubrication, over time make HVAC and electrical equipment work harder.   That uses more energy and increases operating and maintenance costs. Are maintenance service records the key to energy efficiency and lower operating costs? I … Continue reading

The Economics of RTUs. What is Least Cost Maintenance?

My previous post, Best Practices in Building Maintenance. Reactive, Preventative or Predictive?, summarized a DOE study, which described the costs of reactive ( or “run to fail”), preventative, predictive and even reliability centred maintenance, to maintain existing building assets.  With each improved level of maintenance, the study authors found significant maintenance cost reductions. I believe that there … Continue reading

The Economics of RTUs: The R-22 Refrigerant Problem

There could be as many as 17 million rooftop units (RTUs) running banned R-22 refrigerant just servicing our commercial buildings. This creates a huge problem. As of January 1, 2020 the only available source of R-22 will be recycled refrigerant from units that you already own, or reclaimed R-22, processed by an EPA certified reclaimer. … Continue reading

The economics of Rooftop Units (RTU). Energy efficiency depends on your choices.

Rooftop Units (RTUs) are everywhere. Over 45 percent of the commercial real estate space in the US is cooled, and/or heated by packaged units. This equipment is usually exposed to the elements, on a rooftop or outdoor space. Exposure shortens equipment life, so well cared for RTUs have a life expectancy of about 15 years. … Continue reading

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

How THE SERVICE INTERNET Enables High Performance FM

It can be tough to manage a portfolio of buildings across a campus, even more difficult when your buildings are located across the country or around the world. Managing your portfolio to consistent, sustainable, high performance quality standards is even more challenging when dealing with properties managed and maintained by local contract service resources. BuiltSpace … Continue reading

Buildings: Designed for performance, operated to budget

There is seldom a line item in a building’s operating budget for change. Our industry is struggling with improving the energy and operational efficiency of our building stock. The problem is not the availability of efficient building technologies or systems, but the difficulty in bringing knowledge, resources, and commitment together to actually change each individual … Continue reading

Is energy data the missing piece of the energy efficiency puzzle?

This week I was invited by the White House to attend the 2014 Energy Datapalooza in Washington DC. Approximately 160 private and public sector guests, came together to connect, collaborate, and converse about how we can reduce costs, save energy and protect the environment. The session opened with comments from Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology … Continue reading

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