Matt Ernst

The digital infrastructure of building systems and our effective use of data can be 10x better than what it is today. My passion is applying cutting edge technology to operate the built environment more sustainably. I combine my hands-on experience working on mechanical and controls systems with engineering and IT knowledge to solve complicated problems in the built environment.

What Makes a Building “Smart” Isn’t the Tech

This article argues a truly "smart" building is one that optimizes people's lives in a quantifiable and scientifically provable way.

BuiltWorlds Buildings 2.0 Conference — A Recap

BuiltWorlds Buildings 2.0 conference has quickly become a collaborative center for forward-thinking professionals in Chicago’s architecture, engineering, construction, and building management industry. The open...

IoT Project Showcase from Top Manufacturing Companies

Manufacturers from across the Midwest gathered in Chicago to discuss the biggest trend facing their industry: The Industrial Internet of Things. Here are the...

IoT Help Wanted: Solving the Smart Building Problem

Dear Silicon Valley, I work in the facility management industry and could use your help. We have been debating solutions to the same problem...

Top 5 IoT “Quick Wins” for Smart Buildings

There isn’t one distinct thing a building can change to become “smart.” Each building and its occupants are unique and require a unique approach....

The Fundamentals of Smart Buildings

Four walls and a roof: those are the minimum requirements of a building. We need shelter to survive and we create buildings to meet...