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Xiao M.,Hunan University | Xiao M.,Changsha University of Science and Technology | Lin Y.,Building Solutions Inc. | Lin Y.,Wuhan University of Technology | And 2 more authors.
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews | Year: 2014

Green roof is an effective energy efficiency measure to reduce the building cooling load in summer and heating load in winter, in addition, it can add ecological benefit and landscape value to the community. Therefore, it has attracted extensive attention worldwide. This paper studies the selection of planting materials, plant configuration patterns and plant growth medium of the green roofs in China, and presents the researches on ecological benefits, thermal performance, and applications of the green roofs in China. This paper also introduces and analyzes the green roofs development policies in China, including the incentive mechanism, laws and regulations, and finally presents the analysis and suggestions on their application prospects. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Enck H.J.,Building Solutions Inc.
ASHRAE Journal | Year: 2010

The development of sustainable, healthy, high performance building requires monitoring and evaluating the design, construction, and operation of the facility. Owners should engage the commissioning authority before contracting with a design professional in the predesign phase. A commissioning authority (CxA) needs the owner's project requirements (OPR) and the design teams' basis of design (BOD) that forms the foundation for the design, construction, and occupancy and operation of the facility, and is the basis for commissioning. The size and complexity of a facility influences the number of commissioning designs reviews, which enables to implement the changes in concepts and addition or reductions of requirements within the project's budget and schedule. The trained and well managed operators, and continuous measurement and analysis of building performance are required to achieve a high performing building. The CxA focuses on optimizing building performance and occupant satisfaction and also monitors system of the building. Source

Building Solutions Inc. | Date: 2016-07-12

Building security systems comprising software and hardware for providing picture, video, alarm status, building plans, and other information to a remote station.

Building Solutions Inc. | Date: 2014-06-02

One aspect of the invention relates to an insulation and ventilation system for a building envelope (e.g. a building wall and/or a building roof). The system includes: one or more interior building envelope layers; an insulation panel having an interior side abutting against at least one of the one or more interior building envelope layers and an exterior side having a plurality of transversely spaced and continuously longitudinally extending grooves interspaced between a plurality of transversely spaced and continuously longitudinally extending protrusions; and one or more exterior building envelope layers located exterior to the insulation panel to provide a plurality of transversely localized venting channels defined at least in part by an interior surface of the one or more exterior building envelope layers and the grooves of the exterior side of the insulation panel.

News Article | March 25, 2010
Site: gigaom.com

It’s that time of year, folks! We’ve selected 10 companies — all of which are using information technology to fight climate change — to launch or unveil interesting new products at our Green:Net conference in a session we call the LaunchPad. On April 29th you’ll be able to hear from these innovative companies as well as speakers including California Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, investor Vinod Khosla and many more. Drum roll, please… 1) People Power: Wireless energy management startup People Power just released its software developer’s kit called SuRF (Sensor Ultra Radio Frequency), which is based on the open-source platform OSHAN (Open Source Home Area Network). When open source meets home energy management, the potential is massive. At Green:Net, the company plans to reveal new details about its strategy, plans and products. 2) Vecarius: Vecarius is using power electronics, energy harvesting, energy storage and advanced materials to increase the energy efficiency of vehicles. As co-founder William Sanchez explained to us recently, at the end of the day vehicle energy efficiency can be boosted through chips, software and computing. Vecarius says its patent-pending technology can “recapture a large portion of the 75 percent of energy lost in internal combustion engine and hybrid vehicles.” 3) ecoATM: Cash for high-tech trash. That’s the basic concept for the recycling kiosk — or “Automated eCycling Stations” — from startup ecoATM. You drop off old electronics at one of these machines, it calculates their value, then pays you on the spot, in cash or coupons. 4) Building Solutions: Building Solutions has developed “Home Performance Pro,” an easy-to-use, detailed and accurate home testing software “built by energy auditors for energy auditors.” The stimulus package has allocated billions of dollars for weatherization, or making buildings more energy efficient through things like upgrading insulation, heating and cooling systems, air filters and windows. The first step to knowing if a home needs to be weatherized is an audit. 5) GE: OK so General Electric isn’t exactly a startup, but the company plans to announce an innovative new product for energy-efficient backup power. We’ll hold the details for the launchpad event. 6) energics: You may have only just learned about the smart grid, but get ready for Smart Grid 3.0, says the team at energics. The company’s software can develop patterns to dynamically drive process models, build context and relevance, and progressively “learn” and automate smart grid systems. If there’s something the smart grid sorely needs it’s automation deep within the network of the grid (see New Opportunities in the Smart Grid, on GigaOM Pro, subscription required). 7) ecoVouch: ecoVouch is a free web-based application for the iPhone that helps users find eco-friendly products and services close by. At Green:Net, the folks behind ecoVouch plan to launch a platform that enables sustainable businesses to communicate effectively to participants through display ads, vouchers, or a loyalty program, in a new and social way. 8) Soneter: “Know your flow.” That’s the motto behind Soneter’s meter technology, which modifies water consumption behavior in the multifamily housing sector. The company’s product, which doesn’t require a retrofit or pipe cutting, tracks individual unit water use in real time and automatically bills based on consumption. 9) Carbon Voyage: Carbon Voyage’s web site enables users to compare travel options based on both cost and environmental impact. The service will find opportunities to fill empty journeys (taxis), share trips and help customers move onto low-carbon transport alternatives. Right now the London-based team is focused on the UK, but plans to expand into other markets. 10) ecoDomus: ecoDomus’ software and services provide intelligent analysis of a building’s performance, including helping with LEED compliance, and leading to better maintenance practices that result in significant energy savings. ecoDomus’ product integrates a Building Information Model, a 3-D representation of a facility, and real-time facility operations data acquired via sensors.

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