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Find news and opinion pieces across, smart building tech, IoT building automation, IoT energy management, and trends shaping the future of smart building technologies below.

Digital engineering standards – why should we care…

Who works in a smart building these days? When you think of “Smart buildings”, intelligent lighting, heating and cooling based on people in a space, fault detection and AI probably come to mind. Whilst these applications exist, onboarding and integrating them is time-consuming and costly – a smart building strategy does not easily ‘scale’ across…

How to be a data champion

Do you have creative control in your professional role? Are you free to choose where to focus your attention with time to plan, strategise, reinvent and re-implement? If not, then it is likely that you are suffering from a dated and/or poorly defined data strategy. Key hallmarks of which are: Heavy reliance on external departments,…

What does the construction industry look like to an IT Consultant?

After spending an 18-year career in IT working in Australia and the UK I had a Covid moment in late 2020. I had worked in various roles over that time and always thought that I could make it as a Business Development Manager. Jumping into a digital engineering consultancy focused on the building and construction…

Is the building sector 20-years behind IT?

I had a Covid moment in late 2020. After spending an 18-year career in IT (Aus and UK) across various roles, I always thought that I could make it as a Business Development Manager.  Jumping into a digital engineering consultancy focused on the building and construction industry did not seem that much of a stretch.…

What about block chain in energy markets?

The common belief that blockchains possess a disruptive potential in numerous domains because of their decentralised nature (i.e., no single entity controls their operations) is misplaced. As a policy maker, how do you know if blockchain systems have disruptive potential in other areas beyond cryptocurrencies, health care, government, energy systems, manufacturing, retail, insurance, the Internet…

Is my solar system underperforming? How to know?

Australia’s geography, dry climate and latitude make for optimal conditions and benefits. Right? Well, in reality, the conditions are great, and the technology is capable but the assets, i.e. in this case, residential rooftop solar are generally underperforming. How do I know if my solar is underperforming? Accurate solar generation statistics will require the consideration…

What and where’s the plan for energy data in the NEM?

On Monday the 24th the Independent Chair of the Energy Security Board (ESB) Dr. Kerry Schott released its annual report on The Health of the National Electricity Market. Lost in the report or any subsequent media reporting of the enormous transitions occurring in the NEM, was any mention of new energy data models or how…

What you need to know about the UK Energy Data Taskforce

Background The UK government has been leading the world in Digital Transformation of governmental processes extending beyond passport applications and other day-to-day tasks of government and into regulated essential services such as transport and energy. The Government Digital Service or GDS for short has spearheaded a new approach to IT&T in government – a change…

The two-way electricity grid, Distribution Service Operators (DSO) and aggregators are coming to Australian energy markets

The two-way electricity grid, Distribution Service Operators (DSO) and aggregators are coming to Australian energy markets – policymakers and consumers need to be aware of the opportunities and risks in reform. The speed and magnitude of solar PV investment is growing exponentially across Australia. According to the Clean Energy Regulator installed PV capacity reached 1GW…

Sustainability = opportunity: Is your organisation ready for distributed energy resources (DERs)?

Australia’s solar industry is booming, and the private sector is leading the charge. Solar investments present a good opportunity for building owners and operators to capitalise on cheaper and more reliable electricity generated onsite. However, the constraints of the network and limited visibility in behind-the-meter assets are stifling equitable access to the energy market; chiefly,…

Thoughts on business intelligence – BS or BI?

Does your organisation struggle with business intelligence? Do any of the following outmoded objects and processes exist in your workplace? Using spreadsheets for analysing information, performing projections and modelling from a reoccurring data source; cost aggregation, lease administration, invoices, accounts payables, property valuation, forecasting etc. Receiving recurring paper documents, contracts, vendor payables, credit applications, management…

The case for decentralised electricity markets

The National Electricity Market is a framework designed for centralised electricity generation and distribution, and as such is a concept not easy to align with the notion of energy security – it is a fact born in proof recently that the current system facilitates many single points of failure with no redundancy. What we need…

Buildings Evolved participate in Public-Private Round Table at UN COP21

Buildings Evolved was proud to have been selected by CSIRO to attend the Mission Innovation 3 (or MI-3) conference in Malmo, Sweden between 22-24 May 2018, with Director and Technology Strategist Arne Hansen attending the event. Our Mission: to provide input to the World Economic Forum’s public-private round table tackling Clean Tech, specifically the “Global…

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