Energy Efficiency

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Finally, recognition that energy efficiency is a people problem!

Abstract Changes in operations can save 5-30% of building energy use at low cost, yet these changes are often not implemented. Little attention has been directed toward understanding why. This project focuses on how building operators approach energy use and conservation in their work, viewing the building as a social system. It draws on interviews, … Continue reading

Some Clear Thinking about Energy Efficiency in Buildings

There are four basic questions that need to be answered before we can make any meaningful change in energy efficiency in buildings. 1) What is the building’ s energy consumption? 2) Who is consuming energy? 3) How is energy being consumed? 4) What can be done to change building performance, without affecting productivity or comfort? … Continue reading

Improving the process of energy efficiency in buildings

Reducing energy consumption in buildings is a complex process which brings together people, to gather information about each building in order to identify and act on energy efficiency measures.

Forget about energy efficiency. Concentrate on building quality.

We spend far too much money and time monitoring energy consumption, and worrying about energy efficiency, with little result. Don’t get me wrong. We need to use less energy, but the approach we are using isn’t working. A goal of energy efficiency isn’t enough. We need to look at buildings holistically, and focus on making … Continue reading

China looking to energy efficiency to address urban air quality problems

With rapid population and economic growth, China needs dramatic reductions in energy consumption in order to improve quality of life in major cities.

Greening buildings in China

In Guangzhou (population 11 million) the “New Town” area is a brand new financial district serving the rapidly growing City. New Town has been built entirely since 2005, with most buildings opening since 2010. Its centerpiece is the 103 storey International Financial Center (IFC), currently the 2nd tallest building in the city. IFC, despite being … Continue reading

BuiltSpace: Better Building Management

BuiltSpace’s integrated, collaborative facilities management solution brings all your building information into one place, in the cloud, available from almost any mobile device or computer. BuiltSpace integrates people and the physical building, using machine readable QR codes to identify spaces and equipment, allowing stakeholders to effectively, and efficiently, work together improve their built environment.

Putting the fossil fuel energy era in perspective. Four generations beginning to end?

This past weekend I attended a Vancouver Heritage Foundation event to place a plaque on the site of the first gasoline station in Canada, at the corner of Smythe and Cambie in downtown Vancouver. Established by my grandfather’s cousin, and manned by his Uncle, the Imperial Oil station opened in June 1907. Just over 100 … Continue reading

There’s no magic to reduced energy consumption , just hard work and better business processes.

There are really only five (some would say four) ways to reduce energy consumption in buildings. Energy efficiency – replacing existing building technology with more efficient means of delivering the same level of service with lower energy consumption. Eg. Replace incandescent lights with LEDs. Energy conservation – reducing the level of service by eliminating consumption … Continue reading

Where are you looking for your energy efficiency?

In a recent article VERGE and the Built Environment, author Rob Watson pointed out that the average space allocated to workers is rapidly declining. Let’s consider using space more efficiently as a strategy to improve energy efficiency. “Where It’s Headed According to the 2012 Human Capital and Work-Related Quality of Life survey by CoreNet, the … Continue reading

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