AUTOMATION: FOR SPACES AS SMART AS THE PEOPLE WHO USE THEM

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Building automation is a rising trend in today’s real estate marketplace. The automation of workplace functions allows a Facilities team to increase efficiency and track the use patterns of a space, as well as enables users to schedule events.…

POWER: LET’S TAKE IT OUTSIDE

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More than ever, people want to work where and how they work best. Thanks to the evolution of technology, that means taking advantage of outdoor spaces as well—but of course, powering up al fresco comes with its own challenges. The need for…

QI CHARGING: POWER UP, UNPLUGGED

Gone are the days of plugging in your electronics and being tethered down in order to charge. As devices are evolving in technology, so is the way we power up, and the latest evolution is towards wireless charging. Qi charging is a form of…

CHICAGO ELECTRICAL CODES AND WHY THEY MATTER TO DESIGNERS AND MARKETERS

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Keeping up with the different electrical codes across states (and even cities) isn’t easy. And if you’re not an electrical engineer, making sense of what’s actually allowed can get pretty tedious and confusing. So let us break it down…

PLANNING FOR POWER IN NEW WORKPLACE DESIGN

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In 2018, work spaces are entirely different than even 10 years ago. The days of “traditional” work spaces are quickly on dwindling, let alone the days of the “cubicle farm.” So what designs do matter for work spaces in 2018? OPEN FLOOR…

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COWORKING SPACES AND MAKERSPACES?

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Welcome to the wonderful world of being able to work wherever you want. Well, almost. Coworking spaces and Makerspaces have been on the rise since the integration of technology into the workplace. While both spaces are slightly different…

HOW DOES WIRELESS POWER CHANGE THE WAY WE DESIGN SPACES?

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In a world where people can work from home, why sacrifice the convenience and comfort in an office space? Design and coworking spaces are constantly changing. And while it seems hard to keep up initially, understanding how wireless…

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN USB 2.0, USB 3.0 AND USB 4.0

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The Universal Serial Bus (USB) has quickly become an expected technology included in any new tech hardware. From smartphone chargers to flash drives and printer to computer connections. But what is the difference between the two most common…

USB 101: THE DIFFERENT VERSIONS AND CAPABILITIES OF USB

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The Universal Serial Bus was originally developed to be an industry standard connection between communications, computers, and other devices. Dubbed the USB, this technology quickly replaced previous standards that hadn’t been regulated…

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF NON UL APPROVED PRODUCTS IN YOUR WORKSPACE?

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Outfitting an entire office space can seem daunting at first. Confronting a budget in this scenario is particularly complicated. And in times like this, it can be easy to want to find a way to cut a few corners and save some cost. But…

WIRELESS POWER 101: WHAT IS WIRELESS CHARGING?

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WHAT IS WIRELESS POWER CHARGING? The word "wireless" is often associated with wifi - but in this case, it's simply not the same. Wireless power is simply the transfer of energy without the use of connecting cords or cables. In other words,…

CHARGING 101: HOW DO AMPERAGE, VOLTAGE, AND WATTAGE AFFECT CHARGING DEVICES?

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Have you ever Googled “what is charging”? The funny thing is, it seems like such an obvious question until you see the answers. What even????   Not that kind of charging. Today, when we talk about…

WHAT ARE SPILL-PROOF OUTLETS?

You’re probably the coworker that scares all IT and safety managers to death. Why? Oh let’s see, because you always have a coffee mug filled to the brim on your desk? Or your stylish water tumbler tucked out of your sight lines…

WHEN TO USE GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTER (GFCI) OUTLETS

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When designing a space with electrical outlets, it’s always important to assess ways to improve the safety of the space. Whether you are designing a brand new start-up facility or even if you are just remodeling your own kitchen at home,…

UL LISTED V. UL RECOGNIZED: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

If you’ve been browsing this blog (or other helpful resources around electrical components and products), then you’ve probably come into contact with the phrases “UL Listed” and “UL Recognized.” But what do they mean? And which one…

SAN FRANCISCO ELECTRICAL CODES: WHAT TO EXPECT AND HOW TO IMPLEMENT

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San Francisco Electrical Codes, as you can expect, follow the California Title 24 rule as well. By following California’s electrical codes, San Francisco in turn follows the NEC. There is one major difference in the city’s electrical…

CALIFORNIA TITLE 24 PART 6: WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU

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Lighting accounts for roughly 18% of energy consumption in non-residential buildings across the country. Following heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, this is the second highest contender in energy use in commercial buildings. In…

DESIGNING SPACES FOR THE I-GENERATION

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We live in a day in age focused around Millennials. We want to know how they think, what influences their decisions, and how we can appeal to them. Many current design efforts are built to accommodate Millennial ideals, but are they the…