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Welcome back our past Contributing Editor Paul Ehrlich

Welcome back, our past Contributing Editor 

Paul Ehrlich Consultant focused on energy efficiency and building to-grid integration

Paul Ehrlich, a well-known industry stakeholder and advocate of integrated and intelligent buildings.

Articles & Columns from the past


  • oBIX is now an OASIS Committee Specification Paul Ehrlich PE, President, Building Intelligence Group Toby Considine – Technology Officer, Facility Services, University of North Carolina Being approved as an OASIS committee standard means that oBIX has had a successful public review and that the committee has voted for approval.
  • Intelligent Buildings We have seen strong progress toward delivery of Intelligent Buildings. The technologies have become more economical, the integrators more sophisticated, but most importantly owners are starting to demand it.
  • Building Intelligence Tour – Who, What and Why
    The Building Intelligence Tour is a series of educational seminars that help building owners, consulting engineers, integrators and suppliers understand the benefits, technology and solutions involved in Intelligent Buildings.
  • Buildy Vision Award – One Year Later  In 2004 Paul Ehrlich was awarded the first ever Buildy Vision Award. This award was based on peer nominations and voted on by BuilConn attendees.
  • Enterprise@BuilConn The concept of Enterprise Integration is that groups of buildings can now be centrally managed and also that we can connect Building Systems to Business Systems.
  • The Who, What, Where, and When of BuilSpec  Paul Ehrlich and Anto Budiardjo The BuilSpec seminar series was created to provide technical owners and consulting engineers with an objective and clear understanding of the technologies, initiatives and trends that are reshaping the building systems playing field.
  • What is oBIX? oBIX is an industry wide initiative to define XML and Web Services based ways to present buildings related information.


Other related articles/interviews published 2004-2005

“Observing Protocol – What’s in Store for BAS?” Engineered Systems. (roundtable) May and June 2005
“The New Buzz”.  Journal of Property Management. (interview) March / April 2005.
“oBIX Gets a New Co-Chair”.  CSE online. (article) March 2005
35 People to Watch at the Intersection of Real Estate and Technology”. RealComm Advisory. February 2005.
“Building Management – Moving Into the Future”  Engineered Systems.(article) February 2005.,2503,142999,00.html
“BuilSpec Spec Tips”.  Consulting Specifying Engineer. (interview) December 2004.
“Zigbee – What’s That?” (interview)  Consulting Specifying Engineer, November 2004
“BuilSpec About the IT Sea Change. (interview) Consulting Specifying Engineer. October 2004.
“On the Road to Wireless” (article)  Contracting Business Magazine, October 2004.
“The X Factor – Understanding XML and oBIX” (interview)  Buildings.  July 2004.
“XML Q&A”. (interview) HPAC, July 2004.
“oBIX interoperability picture becomes clearer at Builconn”. (interview)  Consulting Specifying Engineer, May 2004.
“Connecting the Dots Surrounding XML / Web Services”  Engineered Systems. (interview) May 2004,2503,123935,00.html
“The Future of Facility Management” (author) HPAC.  May 2004.
“What does the future hold for BAS?” (interview)  Consulting Specifying Engineer.  January 2004.

Professional Information

In 2004 he formed the Building Intelligence Group an independent consultancy, whose primary purpose is to help system suppliers as well as building owners and managers, manoeuvre their operations through the vast changes prompted by open systems, convergence and enterprise building management. The main focus is in the areas of facility and IT integration, convergence and intelligent buildings. Clients include major systems manufacturers, technology providers, integrators and property developers.

Previously Paul was with Trane where he served as Business Development Leader guiding the global direction and development of Trane’s line of building control products. Prior to working for Trane, Paul worked for Johnson Controls providing solutions to building owners.

Throughout his career, Paul has been actively involved with various industry groups involved in the creation of new automation standards and technologies. Previous roles include chairing the ASHRAE Guideline 13 committee on how to specify DDC controls, chairing the BACnet sub-committee on interoperability, and acting as the inaugural chair for the oBIX committee to establish XML standards for building controls.

At BuilConn 2004, Paul was honored with a Buildy Vision Award for his perseverance in promoting whole building integration and interoperability through advocacy, promotion, educational and training endeavors.

Paul has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. He is a licensed engineer in the State of Wisconsin and lives with his family in White Bear Lake Minnesota.