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Smart Home Evolution: Connected and Solar

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jan 17, 2017 1:09:33 PM

As solar and smart technology continue to change, homeowners face exciting times ahead.

THE SOLAR AND SMART HOME technology categories are growing at meteoric rates. To date, the sectors have remained relatively independent, but their convergence will soon offer a game-changing level of control, independence and peace of mind to homeowners.
The global solar industry, expected to reach $345 billion by 2020, and the global smart home market, expected to hit $59 billion that same year, are arguably the building industry’s fastest-growing sectors.

One of the main drivers for this meteoric growth is the unprecedented transition from a high-consumption and low-automation market to the opposite: one of low consumption and high automation. This transition is fundamentally altering the performance of our built environment and the way that we interact with it.

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Three Big Reasons Auto Replenishment is Not Ready For Prime Time

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Dec 29, 2016 11:50:54 AM

New research suggests that half of IOT devices will have the ability to "replenish" household purchases, but unless they learn from the smart grid, they'll create more environmental problems than solutions.

Image: Amazon's Dash auto replenishment devices are among the first to enter the commercial market.

THE IDEA OF AUTO-REPLENISHMENT of goods and services in the home is neither new, nor malicious. It is simply an updated take on the "better living through chemistry" themes that have been around since at least the 1950s, when Walt Disney World gave us Monsanto's plastic home of the future (which is now a planter in the theme park incidentally). The idea is that the RIGHT gadgets will simplify our lives, and give us more time to do the things we really want, whatever those might be. But there is no definitive evidence that the presence of more technology impacts the amount ot work done in the home. Certainly, most of us appreciate the presence of dishwashers, clothes dryers and so on, but we have shifted mentally to believe that clothes need washing more often, and a clean glass is preferable to rinsing out a dirty one. The result is a "wash," quite literally, in terms of total labor time in the house.

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“DiplomaCity”- Learning networks of cities for a sustainable future

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 26, 2016 1:32:30 PM

“I’m out to prove the obvious,” says best-selling author Parag Khanna, “More connectivity is better.”

“The transfer of technology and best practices” through learning networks of cities are “incredibly important, more important than every climate summit that’s ever been held in the world.” Fittingly, for an author who argues that connectivity is the key driver of growth in the modern age, Parag Khanna seems to have ties all over the world, and roots in many of the largest urban centres. Born in India, Khanna grew up in the United Arab Emirates, New York and Germany. Today he lives in Singapore, along the so-called “New Maritime Silk Road” that connects many of the world’s new power centres and will, according to one estimate, connect an area representing 63% of the world’s population.

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Cognitive Computing and the Global Building Industry

Posted by Terry Beaubois, Guest Columnist

Dec 19, 2016 12:04:46 PM

How AI and IoT are transforming where we live.

The building industry is one of the oldest: dating back at least 6,000 years as soon as we started creating settlements and communities. It is also one of the most pervasive with the global construction industry expected to be worth $10.3 trillion by 2020.

My interest in applying cognitive computing to the global building industry began with my consulting work with NASA in the late 1970’s — early 1980’s. The topics at that time included Space Station Design; Artificial Intelligence; Virtual Reality (called Telepresence at the time) and telerobotics; early Mars Rover technology (connecting video camera imagery with computer analyses) and design of a Research Lab module for the U.S. Space Shuttle.

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Tackling the Ethical Challenges of Big Data

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 16, 2016 10:02:45 AM

Industry analyst focused on data strategy, analytics and privacy argues we need to apply critical thinking and exercise caution as we enter the age of “data ubiquity”.

THE COMING TECH DISRUPTIONS and revolutions have at times been predicted to fix all manner of societal and environmental ills, so at first glance Susan Etlinger’s warning to exercise caution and restraint can seem odd. But while data may be propelling advances in many fields, caution and critical engagementwith the information we collect is essential if we are to avoid error and protect our privacy, Etlinger warns.

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