The dream of energy efficient, comfortable and intuitive buildings lies in better operational controls.
Its initial energy storage installations in California, which should be online in 2018, will automate demand response services more seamless for tenants.
It's a virtuous circle: Clear policies encourage investments, and investor interest encourages government action
Investors are still skittish about early-stage startups selling automation and energy-management apps, but the market for software, sensors and services for smarter offices, factories and groceries stores is maturing gracefully.
Certifications must go beyond incremental improvements meant to minimize climate change. Instead, architects and engineers should aspire to create blueprints that are socially, economically and environmentally "regenerative."
The new cloud-based company promises savings up to millions of dollars. But for starters, the upfront investment is minimal.
Data plays an important role in enabling our building stock to play a productive role in the low-carbon electricity system of the future. Here is what we need to ask it.
Some of these big players may surprise you.
Buildings account for nearly 40 percent of energy usage. Prefabrication is just one way to lessen their environmental impact.
The company found that working with nature's principles can attract workers who feel engaged, happier and more creative.