By focusing on increasing service and maintenance revenue, building-automation system (BAS) integrators can remain profitable despite the tough economic conditions, according to "Integrating Smart Building Systems—A Quantitative Market Analysis," a report by IMS Research.
EnOcean Alliance reports it is experiencing its fastest growth rate since its founding in 2008. With 50-percent growth in membership between July 2011 and July 2012, the independent non-profit organization now has a membership base of 300 companies worldwide.
eDesign Suite software tools help building designers rapidly compare annual energy costs for HVAC designs. Supporting the design of high-performance buildings that consume less energy, the eDesign Suite assists engineers in the early design phase of a project, when rapid evaluation of design alternatives is critical. The Building System Optimizer, a major offering under the eDesign Suite, uses a streamlined user interface and automatic model generation to allow a full model of the building and its HVAC systems to be configured in just minutes.
The vast majority of public and private commercial buildings in the United States have a long way to go on the path to sustainable and energy-efficient operations. That conclusion is included in the study, “A Path to Achieving Higher Building Performance,” which was conducted by Siemens Building Technologies Division and McGraw-Hill Construction.
The U.S. market for sensors and controls for building-energy-management systems (BEMS) will rise at a 17 percent compound annual growth rate to $2.14 billion in 2020, while the European market will reach $1.93 billion in 2020, a 19% compound annual growth rate, according to a Lux Research report.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded a contract to IBM to develop and install advanced smart-building technology in 50 of the federal government’s highest energy-consuming buildings. Part of GSA’s larger smart-building strategy, this initiative will connect building-management systems to a central cloud-based platform, improving efficiency and saving up to $15 million in taxpayer dollars annually.
Honeywell has formed Smart Grid Solutions, a global enterprise that centralizes the company’s existing smart-grid resources and expertise to respond to the growing needs of both energy providers and users.
LonMark International and the OpenADR Alliance, a nonprofit corporation created to foster the development, adoption, and compliance of a smart-grid standard known as open automated demand response (OpenADR), announced they are working together to improve interoperability between certified products to enable commercial buildings to better manage energy use.
The motto of Portland, Ore.-based Glumac is "Thinking. Inside the Building," and the design team at the company did some of its best thinking in creating the HVAC, plumbing, and lighting systems for the Mirabella retirement community in Portland, Ore.
Thanks to heads-up work by the team at Phoenix-based SmithGroupJJR, led by Project Engineer Jonathan Silhol, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Chandler’s new city hall showcases some of the HVAC industry’s latest technologies and stands as an example of outstanding HVAC design work.