Category Archives: Smart Building

A little sharing leads to big savings for smart buildings

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Smart buildings can be grid partners with utilities by shaving peak loads and increasing resiliency of the grid.

At peak times when utilities face heavy energy loads, smart buildings can shave demand on the grid. Thanks to electronic control systems, sensors, communications and on-site energy storage, buildings can charge their batteries when power is cheap and draw on their stored power during peak hours. Some utilities also give their customers reduced rates if they allow the utility to make momentary, unobtrusive adjustments in electricity loads during peak hours.

Automated demand response agreements enable utilities to remotely switch off their customers’ less critical systems for short periods of time during heavy demand on the grid — for example, turning off power to a hot water heater for five minutes. … Read More

Real estate’s role in developing smart cities

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Cities are expanding at an unprecedented rate and so is their complexity. By 2050 the world will be populated by an estimated nine-billion people. Seventy percent of people will live in urban areas, many of them in new towns and mega-cities.

In order to be competitive, cities will need to be sustainable, have good transportation systems, and have high-density, mixed-use and efficient infrastructure with low carbon emissions. To support their vast urban populations, cities will increasingly rely on smart infrastructure to efficiently deliver vital services, such as power, water, public transit, distribution of goods and services, waste management and security.

The Smart Cities Council defines smart cities as those that have “digital technology embedded across all city functions,” while the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers describes them as “bringing together technology, government and society” across the economy, mobility, environment, people, living and governance.

There are several reasons that smart cities should be of interest to developers, long-term investors and corporate real estate professionals. Perhaps the most obvious is that smart, sustainable cities command higher land and property values, which attract large-scale investors.

However, the real estate industry needs to understand that the buildings sector plays a huge role in helping to make cities smart. That is because the key to smart cities is data analytics – an important element of which relates to the millions of buildings and the huge masses of population that they accommodate. To gain maximum value from owning or managing assets in a smart city, the real estate itself should also be ‘smart’. Smart buildings and smart cities both generate and require big data.… Read More

The Future of LEDs: Key Takeaways from the Solid-State Lighting Technology Development Workshop

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) hosted its annual Solid-State Lighting (SSL, or better known as LED) Technology Development Workshop in Denver, CO on November 16th and 17th.  The event was attended by 180 industry members from various backgrounds including, manufacturers, utilities, designers, municipalities and academia, all working to drive mass adoption of LEDs throughout the US.

The workshop challenged the status quo, asking tough questions to lighting industry experts in order… Read More

Smart buildings, smarter workplaces

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The applications of smart building technology are practically endless — from advanced lighting and HVAC controls to room scheduling and wayfinding. But what do these new solutions mean for your business? What does the workplace of the future look like, and how can you take advantage of smart buildings today?

JLL’s Darlene Pope and Bob Best recently sat down with Work Design Magazine to discuss how smart buildings are transforming the modern workplace experience. Watch the webinar here 

There’s no doubt that smart technology is changing the way that buildings operate and the way that people work – and the implications for your workplace strategy are profound.

Here are 3 things that you need to know as you consider how smart building technology can help you to create a more sustainable and more productive workplace:… Read More

3 lighting trends that you need to know about

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In April, JLL’s Larry Lubeck attended LIGHTFAIR International in San Diego, the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. At this event, industry-leading organizations presented the latest and greatest innovations in lighting. Below, Larry discusses where the lighting industry is going and calls out 3 important lighting trends that you need to know about.

There’s no doubt that technological advances are revolutionizing the lighting industry – and new, advanced products are continually being brought to the marketplace. The amount of information related to watts, lumens, sensors, wireless, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), blue tooth, lamp construction, and other topics can be overwhelming to navigate, especially as the industry evolves at such a rapid pace.

So, what lighting trends do you need to be aware of as your organization navigates this new territory?

  • Lighting systems, meet wireless. Web-enabled smart lighting systems offer a multitude of benefits – from offering advanced control over your lighting systems (in many cases, from a mobile device) to gathering valuable occupancy data that you can use to identify how and when spaces are utilized. The benefits don’t stop there, however – by offering your employees the opportunity to customize their work environment by setting their own lighting preferences, you’re also able to enhance and elevate the experiences that your employees have in your facilities each day.

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