As the building efficiency industry continues to evolve, it’s important to utilize resources that will optimize the energy systems and operational efficiencies of the buildings you manage. You need flexible, reliable, productive technology to create safe and sustainable environments. In this post I’ll explore the top key industry drivers to help you increase efficiency and advance building control capabilities.

 

Technology

 

Convergence is one of the leading technology trends as different systems evolve toward performing similar tasks. The driving factor behind convergence is the need for interconnected facilities and the ability to access real-time data. It also gives building owners more freedom to choose among manufacturers for product and service support, reducing operating costs and creating new opportunities.

 

Analysts see a convergence between Building Automation Systems (BAS) and Information Technology (IT) systems growing over the next five to 10 years. By 2020, the integration gap between the two systems will narrow dramatically. The previously separate BAS and IT systems will share resources and interact to create new efficiencies.

 

Integration Beyond HVAC

 

Most of us are familiar with the core levels of integration. The first level includes HVAC Integration (equipment and controls) and Security Integration (video, access control and fire). The second level involves the integration of building subsystems (BAS, security, lighting, etc.).

 

Now a new dynamic has been introduced, involving system integration at a building, campus or enterprise level. This integration would join the building subsystems, specialty systems (voice, Internet, email) and business systems (financial, human resources). There is value in using the building system information as a key input to your business intelligence and decision-making.

 

Energy & Sustainability

 

Companies have expanded their spectrum of values and criteria for measuring success to include environmental stewardship, and social and economic responsibility. These are drivers for all of the green initiatives in the news today. By leveraging existing building networks, you can extend the possibilities for innovative information management and building control capabilities. Energy savings, smart grid technologies, reducing the carbon footprint and overall energy monitoring are among the many trends under this dynamic.

 

Smart Buildings

 

Managing a facility requires you to adapt to constant changes. Smart buildings were designed to help you overcome those challenges to run your building(s) more efficiently. New tools include open platforms, allowing open integration frameworks and third-party applications; new delivery through a cloud-based system; and intuitive, easy-to-use applications. With these tools, integrating systems and collecting data will be easier, enabling better decision-making.

 

These four market dynamics are driving factors in utilizing resources and increasing efficiency. One or more of these market dynamics will influence the decisions you make throughout your career.

 

Tell us if these trends have impacted your management decisions or if you see other factors that will impact the future of building management.