Volume: 6, Issue: 8 - 02/24/2017

 

ConstructionPro Week has reported several articles on the application of the Internet of Things (IoT) to construction and building operations and maintenance. In a nutshell, an IoT device is a way of connecting sensors tied into building equipment, structural components and security devices to the cloud (Internet) for the purpose of measurement and/or control of the connected items. In simple terms, consider smart thermostats like the Nest, an alarm system, electric blinds, the garage door or even the refrigerator in your home. With your smartphone, you can be virtually connected to all these devices to see their current status and to make changes. For example, you can turn off your ice maker and put the thermostat on 78 degrees while you are on vacation for four weeks.

 

In addition, these sensors can have the capability of reporting on the operating conditions and upcoming maintenance requirements, or even just keeping track of the location of an item. On a bigger scale, sensors can play a significant role for all types of structures, from buildings to infrastructure, and not just after the building is complete. During construction, IoT can play a role in production, logistics, project controls and safety. Read more.


Volume: 4, Issue: 33 - 08/28/2015

 

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase social media? Probably most of us think Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging and other means of conveying news and opinions.  We older folks, accustomed to putting in long hours in the field or construction trailer, tend to write off social media, particularly in this form, as a needless distraction from the important work at hand. However, if one thinks of social media in terms of websites such as blogs, online forums, YouTube and LinkedIn, it is possible to find sources of valuable information. Read more.


Volume: 4, Issue: 8 - 02/27/2015

 

A 2012 study by Paul Teicholz of Stanford University found that U.S. construction productivity has continued to decline over the past 20 years, despite various advancements in methods, technology and delivery methods. Teicholz listed the various reasons, which have been well documented over the years, as primarily many small firms doing small pieces of the project, fragmentation of the construction team, inefficient use of data and documents, and the competitive nature of procurement systems. Teicholz goes on to describe potential sources of positive change, including building information modeling (BIM)... Read more.


Volume: 3, Issue: 50 - 12/12/2014

 

By Steve Rizer

 

Of all the recent congressional activity to promote more energy-efficient structures across America, two developments stand out as perhaps having the biggest potential to impact the green-buildings community. To see what these proposals are and how they are expected to fare before the 113th Congress adjourns Jan. 3, click here


Volume: 3, Issue: 49 - 12/05/2014

 

By Steve Rizer

 

Designers will have more flexibility to innovate and facilitate more energy-efficient buildings across America now that the outcome-based provision in the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) has been approved, but it remains to be seen just how much influence the new provision will have across the industry. ... Read more.


Volume: 3, Issue: 45 - 11/07/2014

 

By Steve Rizer

 

How has version four (v4) of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification system fared since its formal launch a year ago? Has LEED v4 met expectations? Upon delivering a presentation at Greenbuild 2014 about his experience overseeing the third LEED Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance project certified under the new version, Michael Alexander, senior project manager for Cassidy Turley, offered a candid assessment of LEED v4’s performance to date. Click here to see what he told ConstructionPro Week.


Volume: 3, Issue: 42 - 10/17/2014

 

By Steve Rizer

 

Soon there may be a significantly greater demand for those professionals who can help optimize a building’s performance over the long term. Why? Because on Nov. 13, a new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) rule will go into effect to require verified energy and water performance for new and retrofitted federal buildings that are certified by private-sector green building certification systems. ... Read more.
 


Volume: 3, Issue: 40 - 10/03/2014

 

By Steve Rizer

 

If you possess information about “innovative, transformational” green building technologies that have the potential to improve the economic and environmental performance of federal structures, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) wants to hear from you. Through a recently issued request for information (RFI), the agency’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) program is seeking such information from industry stakeholders, commercial organizations, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. ... Read more.


Volume: 3, Issue: 39 - 09/26/2014

 

By Steve Rizer

 

A draft report that a task group issued earlier this month should be a source of encouragement for those advocates who want the federal government to achieve its self-imposed goals for net-zero-energy (NZE) buildings and, in turn, convince the private sector to follow suit for its structures. In the report, the task group told the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of High-Performance Green Buildings that the U.S. government can convert half of its existing buildings to NZE by 2030 … and perhaps even surpass that mark. ... Read more.


Volume: 3, Issue: 38 - 09/19/2014

 

By Steve Rizer

 

Five prominent organizations within the green building community have banded together to facilitate more environmentally sustainable structures across America, but how successful will the new partnership prove to be? What will the group be doing to accomplish their objectives, and will policymakers cooperate? For some of the details about the group’s strategy and a few predictions about the partnership’s ultimate impact, click here.


 

 

 


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