Built Environment: Page 10 of 10

Wed, 2015-10-28 22:49 -- Jon DeKeles
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Target: Prioritize the use of legacy investments
88 Acres - how Microsoft quietly built the city of the future
A team of engineers at Microsoft cast aside suggestions that the company spend US$60 million to turn its 500-acre headquarters into a smart campus to achieve energy savings and other efficiency gains. Instead, applying an “Internet of Things meets Big Data” approach, they invented a data-driven software solution that is saving Microsoft millions of dollars. Now Microsoft and its partners are helping building managers around he world deploy the same solution.

Target: Achieve operational optimization
Classroom sensors reduce the number of sick kids – and save money
Analyzing ventilation rates from sensors in more than 150 California classrooms for over two years, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab found that bringing rates up to the state-mandated standard could reduce student absences by approximately 3.4%. Improving ventilation reduces the amount of carbon dioxide students breathe.

Target: Achieve asset optimization
Building life-cycle cost tool helps compare alternative designs
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed the Building Life-Cycle Cost (BLCC) program to provide computational support for the analysis of capital investments in buildings. The software can evaluate federal, state, and local government projects for both new and existing buildings.

Target: Use an open innovation platform
Powering the Charge for Electric Cars
While developing the Tesla Model S electric car, Tesla launched a program to aggressively deploy high-power, fast-charging stations -- “Superchargers” -- along major travel corridors throughout the United States. Council member Black & Veatch partnered with Tesla to construct the largest contiguous electric vehicle charging system in the world. Learn more about the build out in this video.

Target: Connect devices with citywide, multi-service communications
City Uses JMap Mobile to Fight Emerald Ash Borer Infestation
Scientists estimate that the costs to Canadian municipalities for the treatment, eradication and replacement of trees affected by the emerald ash borer could reach 2 billion dollars over 30 years. Read how a Quebec city is using the JMap Mobile application from K2 Geospatial to inventory infected trees.