The Next Evolution: Connected Buildings
The Next Evolution: Connected Buildings

The Next Evolution: Connected Buildings


Buildings consume almost half of the world’s energy and the majority of it can be attributed to heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting systems. Connected buildings and controls bring numerous benefits to building owners and managers. For every benefit, the challenges associated with this transformation can vary.
In this session, you will gain practical knowledge about what a connected building is, how it’s done, and why it’s critical to driving long-lasting energy efficiency gains. With real-life examples of how effective connected building strategies transform buildings into assets that drive business outcomes.



Peter Sharer
Intelligent Services Sales Leader

With a background in science, Peter began his career in the building instruments for the oil services industry. He then spent 15 years working in basic and applied research at NASA. While at NASA, worked for 5 years studying atmospheric science. That experience kindled a desire make difference in climate change. In 2006 he became the founding CEO of a Building Energy Management software company. He joined Trane in December 2012 via the acquisition of Serious Energy.  He is a passionate evangelist for driving energy efficiency in commercial buildings and a strong believer that Trane’s combination of great technology and deep building systems knowledge will achieve the greatest results Peter is a graduate of Colorado College with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics Peter currently resides in Portland, OR where he is an avid cyclist, fly fisherman and generally spends as much time outdoors as possible with family and friends.

Laura Jelin, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
Intelligent Services Team Leader, California District

Laura Jelin is the Intelligent Services Team Leader for Trane’s California District. She specializes in designing Intelligent Services solutions to meet customer requirements and budgets.  Laura has over 29 years’ experience in the construction industry. Her accomplishments include driving 100% revenue services growth in 2018 for the California market, creating and teaching curriculum in Trane’s Controls Graduate Training Program and working with our change management team for Linkage process improvement.

Laura received a BA from CSUSB in 1994, became Master Certified in HVAC controls in 2010 and achieved LEED AP BD+C, O&M from USGBC in 2012.

Laura is committed to community service including 3 years volunteering with local ASHRAE chapters and 2 years as a mentor for Big Brother Big Sister.

Laura is the proud parent of a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp and currently resides in Orange County, California.