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March 28, 2011

City University of New York Works with IBM to Reduce Energy Consumption



IBM has joined hands with The City University of New York (CUNY) to develop new analytics technology that will help the K-12 public schools to reduce their energy consumptions.

To help facility staff and property managers achieve significant energy savings, the new analytical software tracks, forecasts, simulates and optimizes energy consumption in buildings.  IBM (News - Alert) and CUNY have been analyzing data about the K-12 Public Schools in New York City and local weather station data, to help develop the software, the company stated.

IBM is also working to make its existing products and processes more efficient for both the environment and for business, while also developing new innovations that can help the world become smarter, drive economic and operational improvements, increase accountability and lessen environmental impact.

“In many cases it’s unreasonable for cities to build brand new energy efficient buildings from scratch,” said Jane Snowdon, IBM Research. “Rather, it’s important that we help governments, university campuses and corporations alike understand how they can use technology to make existing buildings as energy efficient and cost-effective as possible. Adding advanced analytics and real-time communications to control systems has the potential to drive powerful improvements for decades to come.”

The CUNY’s Building Performance Lab and its Steve L. Newman Real Estate Institute will use new software programs from the first-of-a-kind project to train the employees.  Property managers, building engineers and operations staff can now have the knowledge and skills needed to carry out sustainability projects and manage compliance with standards such with this training. IBM states that this training leads to the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan and LEED for Existing Buildings certification.

Recently, IBM announced the acquisition of TRIRIGA, a company that provides the industry's most extensive and integrated functionality in an IWMS solution, under its umbrella as IBM announced today that it will be acquiring TRIRIGA in a move that it hopes will accelerate its smarter buildings initiatives. This will result in IBM being able to rely on advanced intelligence to improve real estate performance, and capital project management.


Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee

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