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Coverage of smart buildings since April 15, 2020.

Kaslo council roundup: First wildfire development permit issued

"...Kaslo council on Jan. 10 dealt with FireSmart building construction. File photo..."


Ontario plunging into energy storage as electricity supply crunch looms

"...“As you had refrigeration, you could store your commodity and that changed the distribution channels of it. So I believe that energy storage is going to radically change the distribution channels of energy. ”If every home has a solar panel, an electric vehicle and a residential battery, it becomes a generating station, a decentralization that's not only more environmentally friendly, but also relies less on “monopolized utilities,” Sachs said..."


‘Smart building' planned for Devonshire Avenue in Kelowna

"...Five Bridges Development refers to its project as a smart building with smart suites. Technology planned for the building includes touchscreen intercoms in the lobbies, touchless garage entry, and app-based tools to book amenity space..."


ABB and Hydrogen Optimized expand hydrogen partnership, including a strategic investment

"...The companies will leverage their respective capabilities and resources to rapidly commercialize HOI's patented RuggedCell high-power water electrolysis technology for the world's largest green hydrogen plants. Water electrolysis is the process of applying electrical energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. RuggedCell technology converts renewable electricity such as hydro, solar and wind power into green hydrogen for industry..."


This crystal impurity is sheer perfection

"...Now, a research team led by scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley has developed a nanoparticle composite that grows into 3D crystals. The scientists say that the new material - which they call a 3D PGNP (polymer-grafted nanoparticle) crystal in their recently published Nature Communications study - could lead to new technologies that are 3D-grown rather than 3D-printed..."


Open letter from business leaders calls for bold green recovery Corporate Knights

"...We have the opportunity to emerge from this moment with a resilient economy that creates prosperity for more Canadians. We will get there by working together with all the industries that have led us to where we are as a nation today — from natural resources to telecommunications, manufacturing and financial services. We must build on and reinforce that foundation to set us up to thrive in the future..."


The time is ripe for an Indigenous Climate Fund Corporate Knights

"...Its first mandate would be to work with Indigenous peoples across Canada to build smart communities (appropriate, energy-efficient infrastructure in remote and urban communities that delivers smart buildings and amenities, clean energy, water and waste management alongside health, education, training, communication and social services). This endowment part of the fund would not be intended to generate standard financial returns; it would use Canadian clean technologies to amplify results of investments already made by federal and other governments..."


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Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about smart buildings.

Committed to Reducing Embodied Carbon Emissions? Join the HomebuildersCAN Launch, an RMI Initiative

"...Developed by RMI with an industry stakeholder group, HomebuildersCAN supports builders as they learn about embodied carbon and provide the industry with a consistent approach to incorporate embodied carbon into decarbonization strategies..."


Smart Buildings Saving the World | Visiting Sustainable Architecture

"...This video will show you how architecture and technology can combine to help save our planet and combat climate change..."


Smart Buildings Exchange - Accelerating the Pace of Deployment - highlighting RMI CEO Jon Creyts

"...On August 15th, a distinguished panel including RMI's CEOJon CreytsandDebra Smithfrom Seattle City Light discussed the crucial role of organizational leadership in accelerating building retrofits at the Opening Plenary of the Smart Buildings Exchange conference..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about smart buildings relevant to the latest news.

Sustainable development by carbon emission reduction and its quantification: an overview of current methods and best practices

"...This review paper examines a range of strategies and methodologies, including green building rating systems, sustainable materials and renewable energy, smart building management systems, carbon capture and storage, life cycle assessments, and greenhouse protocols, that can facilitate sustainable development by reducing and quantifying carbon emissions..."


Perspectives and review of photovoltaic-thermal panels in net-zero energy buildings

"...This forward-looking perspective article presents a status overview of solar photovoltaic-thermal (PVT) panels in net-zero energy buildings from various points of view and tries to picture the future of the technology in this framework..."


Energy Usage Data Extraction Methodology in Smart Building Using Micro Controller

"...One area, which needs continuous improvement, is the energy usage in smart buildings..."


ReMAPP: reverse multilateration based access point positioning using multivariate regression for indoor localization in smart b

"...Indoor localization has attracted significant demand in diverse smart building applications like automated energy management, patient tracking in hospitals, industrial indoor navigation, etc..."


Deep learning with metaheuristics based data sensing and encoding scheme for secure cyber physical sensor systems

"...0 applications such as smart factories, smart energy, smart transportation, smart buildings, smart healthcare, etc..."


Efficient VO2(M) synthesis to develop thermochromic cement-based materials for smart building envelopes

"...The buildings constructions up to now have been shown to require a high energy consumption in their everyday functioning..."


Intelligent physical systems for strategic planning and management of enterprise information

"...This paper investigates the usage of Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL), in Intelligent Physical System for Strategic Planning in Enterprise Information (IPSSPEI) has been proposed to achieve the online schedule optimization for building energy management of Enterprise Data in an intelligent grid context..."


A novel deep generative modeling-based data augmentation strategy for improving short-term building energy predictions

"...Short-term building energy predictions serve as one of the fundamental tasks in building operation management..."


MQTT Based Appliance Control and Automation with Room Occupancy Monitoring Using YOLO

"...The development of this study served as demonstration of control and automation systems? capability to be scaled to larger paradigms such as smart buildings and facilitate efficient energy and resource management on a larger scale..."


A GPU-Based Energy Saving Algorithm for Smart Buildings

"...In view of the actual situation of hardware and software control in the field of energy saving in domestic buildings, the energy saving control method based on integrated control platform is proposed in this chapter, which is reflected in the rapid strategy evaluation and parallel calculation with the environment interaction, real-time feedback evaluation, multiple iterations, and reducing the amplitude of control curve..."


Jensen-Shannon Divergence for Smart Buildings? Fuzzy Topological Networks Similarity Analytics

"...In this work, the proposed method is deployed for fuzzy topological navigation networks with energy dissipation in smart building spaces..."


Forecasting and Monitoring Smart Buildings with the Internet of Things, Digital Twins and Blockchain

"...Smart buildings rely on the sensor networks and Internet of Things (IoT), which allows the development and optimization performance through various methods, including efficient energy management solutions and predictive technologies for future decisions..."