Author: Constructech Editors

Windows let the sunshine in—which in summer means letting in the heat, as well. Radiant heat from the sun is helpful in the fall and winter, offsetting some of the energy needs to heat a building but in summer, that heat can be a problem to remove. As climate change intensifies summer heat, demand is growing for technologies to cool buildings. Now, researchers supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea grant funded by the Korea government and by the Notre Dame Center for Research Computing, report in a journal of the American Chemical Society that they have used advanced…

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Naturally, it’s in California, the projected all-electric community with more than 200 solar powered homes to be constructed by a coalition of strategy, research, technology, and energy providers. This is in response to a report that residential energy use accounts for roughly 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., contributing to more severe and frequent weather events—between 2013 and 2020, blackouts caused by events such as snowstorms, wildfires, and hurricanes have tripled in duration, claims the latest data from the U.S. EIA (Energy Information Admin.). SunPower Corp., UCI (University of Calif., Irvine), Schneider Electric, and SCE (Southern California Edison)…

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By virtually any projection you choose, the smart home market is growing. Of that, there is no doubt. From Fortune Business Insights, “The global smart home market is expected to grow from $99.89 billion in 2021 to $380.52 billion in 2028 at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 21.1% during the 2021-2028 period.” From Markets and Markets, “[The] Smart home market is projected to grow from $84.5 billion in 2021 to $138.9 billion by 2026; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.4% from 2021-2026.” From Grand View Research, The global smart home market size was valued at…

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According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), there were 125,714,640 residential and commercial buildings in the U.S. consuming approximately $395 billion per year in energy bills, about 73% of the nation’s electricity (80% during peak generation) and causing 39% of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Of those, 122,930,327 (97.8%) buildings have been simulated in a variation of a digital twin, giving the energy profile of those structures. To do this, ORNL developed the Automatic Building Energy Modeling (AutoBEM) software suite to process multiple types of data, extract building-specific descriptors, generate building energy models, and simulate…

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Our long-term reliance on fossil fuels makes buildings one of the most significant sources of CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions, contributing to climate change, smog, and air pollution. The trend towards electrification, from buildings to vehicles, is a start in the right direction. The downside, now at least, is a limited infrastructure to provide for the increasing demand for electricity. According to Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, building operations represent nearly 55% of global electricity consumption. The U.S. EIA (Energy Information Administration) predicts that, without changes in policy and technology, population and economic growth will cause energy-related CO2 emissions to…

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We’ve all been recycling, reusing, and repurposing to help the environment. Companies are recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions by renovating their office area to accommodate the now-former work-from-home team members. And in the materials recovery facilities that must deal with the trash—sorry, the recyclables that end up in their domain, a new crew member is making an appearance: AI (artificial intelligence)-powered robotics. AMP Robotics Corp., a pioneer in AI, robotics, and infrastructure for the waste and recycling industry, is developing an AI-powered automation solution to improve recovery of film and flexible packaging, the first-of-its-kind to tackle the persistent challenge…

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Humans have been searching for the Fountain of Youth, perpetual motion, and a universal language for thousands of years. It hasn’t been that long a time, but technologists have been searching for the UFF (universal file format) for a while, too. The key word in the 1980s tech world was “interoperability.” Operating systems were fighting for market share in the desktop computer segment, minicomputers, and even mainframes. The client/server network boom generated research into a best common networking protocol—remember MAP*? Then came Wi-Fi, and technology started all over again. The ideal of a platform independent file protocol preceded the formation…

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We’ve adjusted, compromised, negotiated, mandated, and gotten frustrated in the years since COVID-19 hit the scene in 2019. New phrases came into our lexicon besides COVID itself: “The new normal,” “Quiet quitting,” “WFH,” “6-foot separation,” and, of course, “mask up!” But words aren’t the only thing that the pandemic changed. The thinking about our buildings, both residential and commercial, has changed, as well. The impact and lasting effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic are placing new pressure on commercial building management systems. This can be seen in the growing demand and potential applications for sensor technologies. New sensing technologies and…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic slowly receded into the background during 2021-2022, returning workers had a common concern: how can we protect our health at work? Having seen the effects of a contagious disease running rampant through many companies, workers could be excused for worrying about their own offices as potential breeding grounds for infections. In the effort to facilitate a move back to the office, an array of competing approaches, technologies, and devices are vying to bring new levels of monitoring and control to building environments in a market where building owners, operators, and tenants are incentivized to make buildings more…

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Artificial intelligence, otherwise known as AI, and IT (information technology) go together like a horse and buggy, apparently. Old fashion, comfortable fit, and still moving along. But the CIO isn’t the only resident of the C-Suite that can benefit from AI. Gartner has identified five of the top AI (artificial intelligence) use cases for FP&A (financial planning and analysis) leaders to consider implementing in their functions.   According to Gartner research, organizations ignoring these use cases should have a good reason for doing so because they offer the best combination of feasibility and business benefit. Looking to apply AI to other use cases before getting…

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