Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Advisory Board Launches with Representatives from Real Estate, Utilities and Building Services Sectors

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Cresa’s James Pirot brings together preeminent group supporting new era of smart buildings and the adoption of Power over Ethernet (PoE) standards.

Cresa Managing Principal James Pirot

Cresa Managing Principal James Pirot

Not only does PoE offer a sustainable green approach to spaces as they are designed, it also hits targeted areas to reduce utility and lighting costs, as well as carbon emissions. This technology inherently adds flexibility for future moves, expansions and changes, as needed.

Cresa, the world’s largest occupier-centric commercial real estate firm, is pleased to announce James Pirot, Managing Principal of the New York office, has organized a group of influencers in the real estate, utilities and building industry spaces to develop methodologies for adopting Power over Ethernet (PoE) standards in new construction and interior alterations. In addition to Mr. Pirot, the inaugural board includes: Kevin P. Mackey, Security by Design/Wire Works Business Systems; Ari Konikoff, LEED AP EIT, Benchmark Builders; Mitchell Bloomberg, International Lights, Inc.; Michael Jacob, JFK&M Consulting Group, LLC; Jeffrey Moerdler, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; Larry Jalbert, Northeast Technology Partners; Ronald B. Alalouf, TPG Architecture; Stephen Margulies, One Lux Lighting Design; Glenn Buchholz and Tom Ike, Chelsea Controls & Technology; and Arthur Metzler, AMA Engineering.

“While PoE is not new, the potential for broad and innovative applications is just starting to be addressed,” points out Mr. Pirot. “Not only does PoE offer a sustainable green approach to spaces as they are designed, it also hits targeted areas to reduce utility and lighting costs, as well as carbon emissions. This technology inherently adds flexibility for future moves, expansions and changes, as needed. As a project manager for commercial office spaces for more than 30 years, I have seen extraordinary progress in energy conservation in recent years, including LED lights and wireless connectivity.”

PoE uses Ethernet cabling that already exists in structured IT network cabling and servers to deliver low voltage power to selected areas, predominantly lighting. The IoT or digital information through these same “nodes” allows for the expansion of building management systems and provides the ability to track workplace utilization. Everything from lighting to HVAC, security and electrical load may be run through PoE. Such other day-to-day tasks as booking meeting rooms remotely and daylight harvesting may be also facilitated by considering PoE as a Smart Building installation. PoE technology reflects one of the simplest and most viable Smart Building solutions available today, and may be implemented within existing buildings and new construction.

Adds Mr. Mackey, Managing Director of Security by Design/Wire Works Business Systems, “A PoE installation entails an integrated approach to determine the right technology for each individual business. Once applied, its greatest advantage may be the actual ease of use and instant access to real time information.”

Mr. Pirot initiated the group to push advancements to smart building technology that benefit tenants and building owners, which he identifies as “smarts to parts.” The advisory group and Cresa’s initiative to provide occupiers of space an “end to end” solution is well underway.

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