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20 CABA iHomes and Buildings Spring 2014 OPINION Tis reinforces that together they can also reach across associated applications. Tere is no doubt that through alliance, acquisition and integration, these two separate businesses will play a vital role in maximizing energy conservation in buildings while generating income and reducing operating costs. Leading BEMS companies have massive heritage estates and are among the world's major energy service companies (ESCOs). Tey are therefore in a strong position to help EEM suppliers get a foothold in the smart building market. However, BEMS suppliers and ESCOs are also intent on taking a piece of the EEM business. Although not par- ticularly well known for their prowess in EEM, they have been acquiring companies with this expertise for the last fve years. Te supply side is investing heavily in developing both hardware and sofware products to ensure that they have the solutions that will make the investment in energy con- servation in smart buildings and smart cities a "no brainer." • Allan P. McHale, CEng, MIMechE, MEI, MBIM is a founder partner at Memoori Business Intelligence Ltd. Tis will result in LED lighting controls being installed in many more buildings that don't have building energy management systems. Bus-based lighting controls have taken the responsibility for controlling HVAC services, but this has been on relatively small- to medium-sized projects where heating and cooling has been achieved through a combination of chilled beams and natural ventilation. Tis has required blinds to control solar gain, and this falls into the low-voltage category and has been engineered and designed through the electrical contract and not the mechanical, as is the case with BEMS. Te key diference is that for these projects, the controls applications will be lighting-centric rather than HVAC- centric, and that could result in the emergence of new players and new application delivery mechanisms, major changes to existing industry structures and a need for sup- pliers to adopt new business models. The technical synergy combined with the fact that the supply structure is becoming interrelated is further strengthening the ability to provide both more efcient and lower-cost solutions. BEMS and EEM are working together to deliver distributed energy and demand response services connecting across smart buildings and smart grids. RESEARCH VIEWPOINTS continued from page 8 of automated environmental controls systems and commu- nication networks with smart grids in large-scale labs and occupied buildings. Tat being said, recent market trends show that the building industry, including building automa- tion, is experiencing a perfect storm of innovation thanks to major advances in ICT, favorable policies for innovation, higher performance requirements, and increased business partnerships throughout the value chain. Many property owners and developers are now pursuing technologies and measures for higher performance buildings. Q. How can the Government of Canada help property owners and developers implement building automa- tion technologies in Canada? NRC partners with industry to transfer research innovation from the lab to the marketplace to address critical issues for the future. Our research and technology programs listed above address specifc and critical needs of the construc- tion industry. In each program, we provide solutions and evaluations through collaborative projects and technical services to industry. We engage in multiple forms of col- laborations to deliver product development and evaluation, demonstrations and validations, standardized testing and model codes development and deployment. Q. How does CABA help NRC and the industry as a whole in addressing these issues? CABA is an important stakeholder as its core business is aligned with many outcomes of NRC's High Performance Buildings program. Furthermore, it represents a large segment of key industry players not only in the feld of automated buildings, but also utilities and property manage- ment. CABA assures that its members, including NRC, are well connected to each other and well informed of related market uptakes, technology roadmaps, and industry needs. NRC looks forward to building valuable partnerships with CABA members through our programs. • BBC_Mar14.indd 58 3/14/14 3:20 PM