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Siemens' "Smartest Building in America Challenge" Open

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Energy, Professional Development, Technology

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Published on May 20, 2011 with No Comments

Siemens Industry, Inc. has once again launched its  2011 Smartest Building in America™ challenge. Offering $80,000 in products and services to winners, the challenge is open to facilities that use Siemens operating systems.

The Smartest Building in America challenge launched May 1 and continues through August 1, 2011.  The challenge recognizes innovative implementation of APOGEE® or TALON® building automation systems and the role these systems play in making buildings smarter, efficient and more sustainable.

“Economic conditions continue to force facility managers to do much more with much less; budgets are tighter than ever before,” says Rich Lattanzi, vice president of control products and systems (CPS), Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc.  “And many are accomplishing amazing results,” Lattanzi says. “The Smartest Building in America challenge recognizes the hard work and capabilities of facility managers while giving them the chance to gain recognition for their work.”

Participants are asked to submit brief videos that explain why their buildings are the smartest in America. The entry forms and videos can be submitted through the contest web site.

Two prizes will be awarded in each product category: APOGEE and TALON.  Grand prize winners will receive $25,000 in products and services from the Building Technologies Division or a $25,000 contribution to a qualified charity of their choice. Runner up prize winners will receive $15,000 in products and services from the Building Technologies Division or a $15,000 contribution to a qualified charity of their choice.

Last year’s winners included the Duke Energy Center, Charlotte, NC; the Iowa Central Community College Biotechnology and Health Science Building, Fort Dodge, IA; Alaska’s Cold Climate Housing Research Center, Fairbanks, AK; and the Rasmussen Building at Grandview University, Des Moines, IA.

The Siemens APOGEE Building Automation System provides an open system architecture that allows all of the information throughout a facility to be accessible to everyone who needs it, when and where they need it. The APOGEE system’s backward and forward compatibility helps facilities of all types improve performance and expand functionality.

The Siemens TALON Building Control System provides integrators with an open architecture based on BACnet or LonTalk® protocols. Its benefits include unlimited flexibility and project management tools that keep projects on schedule and within budget. Its wireless sensors help improve a building operator’s return on retrofit investment, fulfill new tenant needs, and ensure building and energy efficiency.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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