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Can a Facility Generate More Energy Than it Needs?

Energy efficiency does not magically appear. We believe it must be planned, with the result ideally setting an example of future sustainable development. When great minds converge, a facility can even move beyond carbon neutrality to generate more energy than is needed to operate the building.

At a recent I2SL Conference, Mehdi Jalayerian and Tyler Jensen presented a 1,000,000 sf mixed-use facility design for the planned Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates. Known as Masdar Headquarters, the 5-story building’s design incorporates 11 sculpted glass environmental towers to harness wind and daylight and to provide natural ventilation and cooling in the hot climate. Planned for three percent more energy generation than is needed to run the facility, this innovative design illustrates a structured planning approach to achieve a Net Positive Energy Building.

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Karnatz Joins Conference to Talk Building Operations Technology

Getting the most out of buildings—cost, speed to market, sustainability, user experience, wellness, and more—is the focus of “The Buildings Conference 2023” sponsored by BuiltWorlds. ESD President Kurt Karnatz joins a panel of professional peers as part of the two-day event starting May 18 in Chicago. (Learn more about BuiltWorlds conference.)

Is Your Smart Building an Easy Target for Hackers?

The latest building system technologies being adopted bring many benefits in terms of operational efficiencies, reduced environmental impact, and enhanced occupant experience. But these systems also introduce new vulnerabilities and present a much more tempting target for malicious actors seeking to launch cyberattacks. So do the benefits outweigh the risks, and how should potential vulnerabilities be addressed? (Learn more about cybersecurity.)