The Future of Building Energy Management Solutions

  • September 2013
  • -
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • -
  • 41 pages

The Convergence of Technology and Competition Will Drive Next-generation Solutions

Rising energy costs and an increasing focus on environmental performance of buildings will make energy management the most dynamic segment of the building technologies and services industry. Performance contracting will become customers’ preferred business model and suppliers will need to develop service capabilities or partner with facility management companies or energy service providers to participate in the most dynamic part of the market. Smart buildings and homes will become a mainstream reality in 2 to 3 years, driven by the convergence of green and smart technology and new market entrants. Cloud-based services with a strong focus on data interpretation will be key enablers for a new generation of intelligent buildings.

Key CEO 360 Degree Perspectives on Growth in the Building Energy Management Solutions Market

1. Energy will never be cheap again. Energy efficiency will stay at the heart of building management.
2. Green and smart are converging to deliver a new generation of solutions for both homes and commercial buildings.
3. Integration and connectivity are driving sustainability by allowing actionable data to manage buildings.
4. Successful suppliers combine green performance with smart functionality.
5. Innovating with customer-centric business models is the key challenge for suppliers.

Three Big Predictions

1. Rising energy costs and increasing focus on environmental performance of buildings will make energy management the most dynamic segment of the building technologies and services industry.
2. Performance contracting will become customers’ preferred business model, and suppliers will need to develop service capabilities or partner with facility management (FM) companies or energy service providers to participate in the most dynamic part of the market.
3. Smart buildings and homes will be a mainstream reality in Xto X years, driven by the convergence of green and smart technology and new market entrants. Cloud-based services with a strong focus on data interpretation will be key enablers for a new generation of intelligent buildings.

The Smart Building Spectrum

Living Space
1. Automation
• Connectivity
• Comfort
• Energy Cost
Smart Home

Work Space
2. Integration
• Measurement
• Control
• Optimisation
• Environmental Cost
Smart Building

Community Space
3. Intelligence
• Digital Infrastructure
• Information
• E-mobility
• Sustainability
• Safe Cities
Smart City

Smart Concepts and Key Enablers for Growth

1. Smart Building
Key Features
• Fully automated digital buildings
• Continuous 2-way communication
• Micro-generation
• Demand response
• Smart materials
• Fully integrated building controls
Growth Enablers
• Open architecture
• Advanced building design
• Software tools
• Analysis and reporting
• Connectivity of devices
• Networks of ubiquitous sensors

2. Smart Grid
Key Features
• Optimised use of capacity
• Advanced metering infrastructure
• Integrating renewables
• Digital intelligence
• Remote control
• Micro grids
• Virtual power plants
Growth Enablers
• Smart metering
• Drive from utilities
• Regulation
• Energy price signals
• Energy storage
• Integrated communications
• Sensing and measurement

3. Smart City
Key Features
• Inter-connectivity between buildings and communities
• Virtual consumers
• Shared efficiency gains
• Smart service delivery (safety, health, and education)
Growth Enablers
• IP networks and affordable broadband
• Real-time network visualisation
• Inter-connected advanced metering infrastructure
• Buy-in from city leaders

Table Of Contents

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 3
The Future of Building Energy Management 6
Commercial and Industrial Buildings—Dominance of Solutions and Service Business Models 20
Residential Buildings—Emergence of Smart and Connected Homes 25
Appendix 35
The Frost and Sullivan Story 37

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