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As Smart Technology Evolves, Building Trends Follow Suit


engineerConsulting-Specifying Engineer recently released the results of its 2015 HVAC and Building Automation Systems Study. A lot wasn’t terribly surprising, for example that energy efficiency and budget have been key factors in respondents’ projects. The results relating to challenges, though, were less expected. Two-thirds of respondents reported challenges when working with automation systems – often challenges of interoperability and complementing systems.

To us, though, the topic of building automation is one to be excited about – and not just because VRF integrates seamlessly with a wide variety of automation systems. In short, the future of building automation is bright. Navigant Research, a market research and consulting organization focused on global clean technology markets, projects that automation systems will result in a cumulative worldwide revenue of $713 billion between 2015 and 2023. While automation systems may currently provide engineers with challenges, they also provide the entire industry with this opportunity.

There is also a profound opportunity to evolve how we build and, ultimately, how we live our lives. The rise of automation systems and enhanced interconnectivity with other smart technologies will enable the industry to push toward consistently achieving passive or even net-zero designs. That future is undoubtedly exciting, and the path toward it will only get smoother as automation systems are refined.