Data is Easy, Decisions are Hard

Data is Easy, Decisions are Hard

Software especially building/IoT software has a reputation for being more headache than helper. They tend to veer towards creating alarms for every fault or issue that looks anomalous. Dashboards that are more complicated than commercial airplanes create data fatigue, alarm fatigue and worst of all decision fatigue – if everything is urgent, nothing is urgent. The true aim of facility management software should be to make the facility management teams’ decision making easier, faster, and more accurate.

Fortunately for overstretched facility teams, sometimes data is just data. So how do facili...

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Whole 30 for Your Building

Whole 30 for Your Building

If you, like millions of people around the world, started a diet for the new year, you understand the importance of a 30 day reset. The Whole 30 diet specifically calls for one month of tracking habits, healthy eating, and measuring improvement to help benchmark your health journey and start on a new path.

Conveniently, the same exists for buildings. Benchmarking it the first step to improvement in buildings – you can’t improve what you don’t know and measure. A Whole 30 regime for your building includes 30 days of BMS data to benchmark actual building performance. It’s called The Snapshot.

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What Does Hybrid Work Mean for BMS

What Does Hybrid Work Mean for BMS

With more people than ever working remotely, space is not being used or used intermittently. Most operators want to be both realistic and efficient with HVAC consumption and HVAC repairs, but how do building managers effectively operate with such variable occupancy.

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The Cost of Complaints

The Cost of Complaints

Now that most small to medium companies are back in the office and most large corporations have announced their back to office plans for 2021 and 2022, its time to talk about the importance of comfort. It’s both the number one driver of work orders and of tenant relocation decisions. Not only does to the cost of combating comfort issues and workorders hurt facility management, it also hurts owners and corporate occupiers ability to maintain high occupant experience.

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The Dirty Little Secret About Your BMS

The Dirty Little Secret About Your BMS

Many BMS Control Systems make more promises than they can deliver. A Class A commercial office space or corporate headquarters implies complex system architecture that delivers excellent comfort, ease of access, and elevated experience. The built environment’s ever expanding use of technology facilitates better experiences for occupants and visitors all around. Yet, go to any basement, rooftop, or central plant and the technology being used there sucks.

We see so often that sophisticated buildings are running their HVAC on unsophisticated BMS architecture. From poor set up, to proprietary vend...

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Why do 21st century occupants live in 20th century buildings?

Why do 21st century occupants live in 20th century buildings?

The US commercial real estate sector is rapidly developing new ways to interconnect every facet of ‘the building’. While we’re not here just yet (despite the claims of some cell service providers) 5G promises a whole new tech landscape.

More than just ultra-fast download speeds, 5G means edge computing, millimeter wave spectrum, and ultra-low latency, that will reshape how we drive, how we get entertainment, and how we move about the built environment.

Data from Verdantix’s Digitization of Facilities Management series, shows that owners and operators of smart buildings are focused on using t...

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Do You Think of Real-time Data As A Friend or Foe?

Do You Think of Real-time Data As A Friend or Foe?

Building analytics can either be a pain killer or a vitamin; An answer or more homework; A Friend or Foe. But, what makes it helpful when used vs painful to use depends a lot on how the software is customized around a facility team’s requirements.

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The Problem with Pilots, and The PointGuard Approach

The Problem with Pilots, and The PointGuard Approach

A New Approach to Testing Real Estate Tech

Do you want to try new real estate tech – without paying for a year’s worth of the tech or choosing a solution based only on case studies?

Yearlong pilots are expensive, time-consuming, and struggle to get buy-in.

On the other hand, case studies require a leap of faith when choosing a new technology – which isn’t guaranteed to work.

But, choosing the wrong technology has the potential to be a multi-million-dollar mistake for your company.

How can you implement new technology when the traditional options often don’t work? With a 30-day trial of new ...

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