...we believe the value of intelligent building solutions comes from having a strategic purpose, developing a business case through master planning, and implementing the plan over a period of time while reconciling outcomes to prove / optimize value.
Sustainability experts Edna Lorenz and Aliza Skolnik share their perspectives on the benefits of LEED v4 vs. LEED v3 for data centers in the white paper, "Raising the Mission Critical Bar: Does LEED v4 have what it takes to power tomorrow's data centers?"
BIM software providers have introduced new terms into the lexicon such as "4-dimensional, or 4D," which is generally understood to mean 3D plus time. This is an opportunity to optimize BIM for even better resource management.
A common approach to intelligent building design is to begin by building a bunch of smart systems for the sake of having them, and THEN figure out what you can do with them. Rather than successful and productive outcomes, this approach produces results which fall into the category of "technology for technology's sake."
Strong building data is the foundation of the intelligent building platform, which turns the collected data into building intelligence applied to foster smarter use of the built environment. Prime leading edge examples take advantage of common scheduling and occupancy / vacancy programming across these systems, as well as provide individuals with more control over their space.
Most current headlines approach IoT from the consumer side, how IoT is changing our lives at home in terms of ease and safety: smartwatches that turn other devices on and off; a night light that listens for your smoke detector and calls your smartphone; and connected devices with re-ordering functionality for consumables such as toner and coffee.
ESD's Josh Gepner offers insight into the importance of and processes behind load bank testing in this white paper by Building Operating Mangement and sponsored by Emerson and ASCO.
What steps can facility managers take to ensure successful building controls upgrades?
Electrical power is essential to business continuity and life safety. Even a brief disruption in the electrical power supply can be costly. A well-designed generator room can provide an important line of defense for business owners by providing power when the utility supply has failed.
Microgrids can lower cost and raise reliability for the owner and for surrounding communities.
Over the last three years ESD Consulting been providing TCO services focused on Build vs. Collocation. Within each project, ESD Consulting has concentrated in the areas of evaluating collocation space (in conjunction with our real estate advisory partners) and developing a design/construction comparison cost to assist enterprise companies in making decisions whether to collocate or build.
2015 proved once again that the activity within new data center development is continuing to grow as predicted by industry leaders in 2014. Recently JLL identified within its newsletter that the two leading markets in construction right now are Seattle and Chicago. Additionally, other markets such as Loudon County, VA and Dallas/Austin markets are also keeping pace with new construction.
Congratulations to ESD's Julie DeNardis, Nathan Snydacker, and Rick Szcodronski on being selected for CSE's 40 Under 40 in 2015!
Aliza Skolnik is among the first class of elite professionals to earn a provisional WELL Accreditied Professional (WELL AP) credential.
Congratulations to ESD's Andrew Lehrer and Javier Garcia on being selected for CSE's 40 Under 40 in 2014!
James Vallort was installed as vice president of ASHRAE at its 2014 Annual Conference on June 29 - July 2.
It's an exciting opportunity in our industry to have the ability to improve energy consumption and reliability with zero captial expenditures, zero debt, and zero construction and performance risk.
When TCO services are provided early in the real estate decision-making process, both the tenant and the owner benefit.
M West Holding, LLC is a Silicon Valley-based real estate development and management company created through a joint venture partnership between San Francisco-based DivcoVest and ...
Tablets are quickly becoming a popular tool in performing business functions in many industries. Restaurants are using them as POS systems; car dealerships have incorporated them into their sales ...
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats selected the FKI Tower in Seoul, South Korea as their June 2015 Featured Tall Building.
High-performance design is increasingly common in today's built environments throughout the world. What can we learn about high-performance HVAC design through the 353 North Clark development?
It was the largest tenant build-out Chicago has seen in at least a decade; but what does it take to design, schedule, and implement a project as massive as the Motorola Mobility Global Headquarters?
Hear directly from our clients at Data Realty about our collaboration on their South Bend data center development.
Using Kingdom Tower as a case study, supertall building expert Mehdi Jalayerian explains how building efficiency begins with an integrated design process.
Designed with Chicago-based architects and design builders Wight & Company, the Ping Tom Memorial Fieldhouse in Chicago’s Chinatown features sustainable systems ...
Forsythe Technology plans to design and build a state-of-the-art, 221,000 sf data center in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
The project started with an empty shell in a mixed-use building. While this allowed Interface to design the space to their specific needs, it also meant that all MEP/FP systems had to be ...
Gavilon's new headquarters facility in Omaha, Nebraska provides space for up to 750 employees and incorporates technologies in an innovative manner to improve productivity and efficiency.
Thanks to the widespread accessibility of modern technology, today's seniors are coming of age with iPads and Kindle Readers. But large, sprawling senior living campuses typically have a difficult time maintaining a consistent cell signal from multiple carriers and may not have the bandwidth to meet the needs of their own installed systems.