Intelligent Buildings: 10 Trends to Watch in 2016 and Beyond

Building owners are realizing that the metrics they use to evaluate the assets in their portfolios are changing. Shifting customer demands, climate change mitigation and sustainability goals, power reliability and resiliency concerns, and budget constraints are driving demand for intelligent building solutions. In 2016 and beyond, Navigant Research anticipates building owners and key decision makers will invest in an array of solutions that embody the technology foundation of Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing. The scalable, secure, and open platforms of these solutions are generating cost savings, enabling energy efficiency and sustainability improvements, and enhancing occupant satisfaction.

Rapid deployments of cost-effective data acquisition devices and the integration of IT and traditional building automation and controls are changing the industry of facilities management. This network-addressable IT backbone is generating continuous data streams associated with building operations. An evolving menu of software analytics and energy management services is leveraging this data to provide actionable insights for efficiency and optimization. The result is the development of intelligent buildings that are dynamic systems capable of managing energy consumption for efficiency and a whole suite of non-energy business improvements.

This Navigant Research white paper presents the top 10 trends for the intelligent buildings market in 2016 and beyond. The report examines the major market issues driving investment in intelligent building solutions, as well as the business case and opportunities associated with various intelligent building solution areas, such as building energy management systems (BEMSs), intelligent lighting controls, and HVAC optimization. Each of the topics in this white paper is examined more deeply in research reports from Navigant Research’s Building Innovations Research Service and ongoing research.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • What are the major trends shifting the intelligent buildings landscape in 2016 and beyond?
  • What is the outlook for intelligent buildings?
  • How do intelligent building solutions interface with macro trends like the Energy Cloud and smart cities?
  • What technology trends are affecting the building management industry?
  • How will the intelligent building change the occupant experience?
Who needs this report?
  • Building automation vendors
  • Real estate management
  • Corporate real estate management
  • Building owners
  • Intelligent building software providers
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1  Introduction

1.2  The 10 Intelligent Building Trends

2. 10 Intelligent Building Trends to Watch  

2.1  Introduction

2.1.1  Cloud Computing and Internet of Things  Cloud Computing  IoT

2.2  10 Intelligent Building Trends

2.2.1  BEMSs Will Deliver Benefits beyond Energy Efficiency  2016: Deeper Market Penetration  Beyond: Optimized Intelligent Buildings

2.2.2  The Energy Cloud Will Redefine Buildings as Energy Assets  2016: Data-Driven Energy Management  Beyond: Prosumers and Onsite Energy Resources

2.2.3  Climate Change Policy Will Mandate Efficiency in Buildings  Climate Change Policy  Private Sector Priorities  2016: Benchmarking and Awareness  Beyond: Proactive Investment for Lowering GHG Emissions

2.2.4  Intelligent Buildings Will Optimize the Occupant Experience  Reinventing Lighting for Customers  Optimized HVAC  2016: Increasing Market Penetration  Beyond: Value Embedded in Building Asset Valuation

2.2.5  Innovative Financing Opportunities Will Disrupt the Market  2016: New Competition for EMaaS Offerings  Beyond: Reliance on Outsourced Energy Management

2.2.6  Cyber Security Will Be a Key Differentiator between Intelligent Building Solutions  2016: Market Education  Beyond: IT-Facilities Convergence

2.2.7  Hardware and Software Analytics Will Improve Health in Buildings  2016: Investment in IEAQ Solutions  Beyond: Building Health as a Metric for Asset Valuation

2.2.8  Intelligent Building Water Management Will Emerge as a Priority for Innovators  2016: Proof of Concept  Beyond: Intelligent Building Solutions for Transparency on Water

2.2.9  Smart Cities Will Drive the Development of Intelligent Buildings  2016: Pilots and Demonstrations  Beyond: Grid-Integrated Buildings and Strategic Energy Management

2.2.10 Electric Utilities and Energy Providers Will Ramp Investment in BEMSs  2016: Acquisitions and Investment  Beyond: New Class of BEMS Competitors

2.3  Conclusions and Recommendations

3. Acronym and Abbreviation List
4. Table of Contents
5. Table of Charts and Figures
6. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • BEMS Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2024
  • Data Sources and Technology Interfaces
  • The Energy Cloud
  • Generalized Customer Perspectives on the Energy Management as a Service Opportunity


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