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Smart Buildings for Sustainable Energy Consumption

Smart Buildings for Sustainable Energy Consumption

BizWiseTV episode 22 (30:00 min)
Federal agencies must reduce building energy consumption by 30 percent by 2015. Learn how to use the network you already have to meet this tough mandate.

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Watch this informative, 30-minute video webcast and learn how to comply with Executive Order 13423, which requires a 30-percent reduction in energy usage by federal agencies by 2015. Hear from leading independent consultants and thought leaders from the Urban Land Institute plus experts from Cisco. Learn about the critical role of the new Cisco Networked Building Mediator.


  • Prepping the Modern Landscape for the New “Normal” with Smart Buildings
  • Making Good on the Promise of Sustainability
  • Making Disparate Systems Connect and Communicate


VALERIE ST JOHN: Hello I'm Valerie St John. Our focus today on BizWiseTV smart buildings for sustainable energy consumption. It's where climate concerns and the nation's economic crisis intersect, this need to seize control of our nation's energy consumption. But where to begin? BizWiseTV joins you today from Washington DC where we check in with the experts. We start with a visit to the Urban Land Institute for a big picture look at what must be done. The Obama Administration's message to the public sector is loud and clear. Taking steps to cut down on the emission of greenhouse gases is no longer an option, it's a requirement.

RICHARD ROSAN: I think the administration has taken a giant step forward and really acknowledging that the idea of the greenhouse gases have got to be reduced and they are really trying to see how that can be done at all fronts. And we know that one of the big things is that we have to do something about existing buildings.

VALERIE ST JOHN: Rick Rosan of the Urban Land Institute, ULI, says existing building emit nearly half of all greenhouse gas carbons, far more even than the much maligned automotive where much of the focus has been.

RICHARD ROSAN: Retrofitting existing buildings is one way to save enormous amounts of energy.

VALERIE ST JOHN: This is especially the case in some of the nation's oldest government structures, beautiful architecturally and from an energy usage perspective incredibly inefficient. So Congress has set aside $10 billion to assist federal facilities managers in footing the bill for upgrades, improvements to air and heating systems, motion sensors for lighting, whatever high tech tools will do the trick.

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