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Contributing Editor – Brad White, President SES Consulting Inc

Past Content

ESG and Zero Carbon – Managing Carbon RiskRetrofitting to Net Zero Carbon and an “Open” Discussion on the Future of Building Controls

Data-Driven Design – Retrofitting for a Low Carbon Future  How we design and size equipment needs a modern approach as we retrofit with low carbon heating systems. All of that BAS data you’ve been archiving can help.

Open Future of Building Controls and the Role of Buildings in the Climate Emergency – AHR Expo 2020 Preview

Buildings in the Age of the Climate Emergency  Here in Vancouver, it all started with the declaration of a “Climate Emergency” by our city council.

Beyond BAS – The Anatomy of Disruption  Our industry will be opened to a wide variety of new players who will bring with them faster innovation. Disruption aside, this will be a good thing

“Open”ing Up Our Buildings – AHR Expo 2019 Preview  Brad offers his thoughts on how open systems are poised to change the BAS world and offers a preview of what attendees can expect.

AHR Expo 2019 Preview – Next Generation HVAC Controls: Open Hardware – Open Software

Elevating Smart Building Design to Create Attractive Spaces – In the digital era, we need to rethink what brings people together in spaces.

Thermal Delight – The Coming Revolution in Personalized Comfort

Open Source Finally Arrives”  It’s this need to marry the new with the old that is the driver of a lot of innovation. So I think we should be ready to embrace the messiness as we stumble our way to better buildings.

The Edge of VOLTTRON’s Sword  The pillars of this new platform are flexibility – meeting the requirements for a varied set of solution spaces, and usability – easily accessible to both users and developers. The software stack is available free on GitHub to put onto a small form factor computer and create your very own “edge device.” – Brad White, P.Eng, MASc, Principal & Nigel David, BSc, MSc, PhD, Lead Researcher, SES Consulting Inc.

Let the People Rule – Harnessing occupancy data from IT for optimizing HVAC operation

Cope with the IOT Revolution by Staying Agile  As the smart building industry rapidly evolves, management strategies pioneered by software developers can help us successfully adapt.

If You Spec It, They Will Come  Out of date and over spec’d designs are failing to address the major problems of most control systems.

Lessons from the FDD Trenches  Confusion only seems to be growing as the leading solutions being offered are starting to diverge significantly in their approach, sophistication, and price.

Maximizing Human Comfort – Why Do HVAC Systems Suck So Much?

The Trillion Dollar Opportunity in Transforming Existing Buildings  If you had $3-$5 million to invest into a 50,000 sq ft office building could you significantly reduce energy consumption, improve space utilization, and increase worker productivity?

In Search of a Brain for our Self-Driving Buildings …it’s only a matter of time before someone creates the self-learning software brain that the self-driving building requires.

Knowledge Sharing to Drive Learning  Only if you can hire good people, train them well, and ensure they continue to learn throughout their career will we see industry, from the operators to the engineers, achieve the potential we all know is there.

Continuous Optimization  Getting the Most out of Your Building Automation System

Reflections on ConnectivityWeek & Network Being part of Young Energy was definitely one the most fulfilling experiences of my career. Network  I think the development of a smart grid that integrates energy efficiency and sustainable energy solutions seems like a no-brainer to people in my generation.

AHRExpo 2019 self-propelled session overfilled the room opening everything, mostly our minds in this session, Next Generation HVAC Controls: Open Hardware – Open Software   Video of event

Professional Information

Brad White, P.Eng is president at SES Consulting Inc.  SES, a Certified B Corporation, is a Vancouver based firm that helps building owners reduce energy use and GHG emissions through their expertise in mechanical systems, building automation, and occupant engagement.