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TECHNOLOGY

Making the Case

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Making the Case [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] A new software program helps users see the holistic value of sustainable design.   By Jeff Harder[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]To John Williams, it’s simple: Convincing investors, owners, and other stakeholders that green buildings are worthwhile propositions means going beyond high-minded virtues and instead, letting the dollars do the talking. “I’m a pragmatist,” says Williams, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of software developer Impact Infrastructure, a Silver level member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). “I believe in doing things that are good for the environment and in making more resilient cities and buildings, but I know from a practical point of view that I won’t achieve those goals without showing people what’s in it for them in an objective way.” Objectivity is the organizing principle behind Autocase for Sustainable Buildings, a platform developed by Impact Infrastructure and Bay Area software developer Autodesk, a Platinum level member of USGBC. Unveiled last October at Greenbuild 2016 in Los Angeles, Autocase for Sustainable Buildings is a little like Turbo Tax for green building: an affordable, browser-based platform (complete with a ticker updated in real time) that harnesses mountains of peer-reviewed studies and empirical metrics, automates and simplifies...

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The Future of Energy Efficiency

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="16529" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] [caption id="attachment_16531" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dan Probst, chairman of energy and sustainability services at JLL.Photo: JLL [/caption] Interview by Jeff Harder An interview with Jones Lang LaSalle’s Dan Probst on machine-to-machine technology.   [dropcaps type='normal' color='' background_color='' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]t turns out that machine-to-machine (M2M) technology isn’t something out of a dystopian future. By harnessing breakthroughs like wireless sensors, cloud computing, and cutting-edge analytics software, M2M technology transforms a building’s lights, air conditioning, and other components into a single complementary system—one that regulates itself around the clock and pinpoints energy-wasting defects that can escape the most astute human observer. Dan Probst, chairman of energy and sustainability services at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), a commercial real estate services firm operating in 75 countries across the globe, explains the basics of M2M technology—and how it can still bring energy savings to the most eco-conscious buildings. In its simplest form, M2M technology is where systems that are part of a bigger infrastructure directly communicate with another, making changes based on data like temperature and daylight without human intervention. They become self-controlled, self-optimizing systems that can pull in real-time data and make real-time changes. Throughout history, buildings have always had some level...

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