– Ron Zimmer and Ken
Ron Zimmer is President & CEO of Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA).
Ron is a Certified Association Executive with over 20 years of
Association Management experience. He has authored a number of articles
and documents including, "Smart Communities: A Concept Paper," and he
regularly speaks about integrated buildings and home/building
automation at industry events.
The Continental Automated Buildings Association (http://www.caba.org), through its Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council (http://www.caba.org/iibc)
and new Research Program, has begun work on its Intelligent Buildings
and the Bid-Specification Process study. Ron Zimmer, CABA
President & CEO describes the organization and project.
Intelligent Buildings and the Bid-Specification Process Study
The Research will not just identify problems, it will also identify solutions.
Sinclair: What is the Continental Automated Buildings Association?
is a not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement
of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. The
organization is supported by an international membership of over 300
organizations involved in the design, manufacture, installation and
retailing of products relating to home automation and building
automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government,
are also members.
CABA's mandate includes
providing its members with networking and market research
opportunities. CABA also encourages the development of industry
standards and protocols, and leads cross-industry initiatives.
Sinclair: What is CABA’s latest intelligent building research project?
there is one thing everyone in the industry can agree on, it is that
they all have experienced problems with the bid-specification
process. CABA’s new research project, entitled “Intelligent
Buildings and the Bid-Specification Process”, will provide insights
into how to turn these problems into profits.
Sinclair: What are the problems in the bid-specification process?
low-cost technology, with quick payback, is favored instead of smart
controls and automated solutions that may have a higher upfront cost,
but could potentially lead to measurable returns in the
long-term. With contractors and integrators dominating the
decision-making process and influencing building owners to commission
projects on a budget for quick returns – a vast opportunity to
incorporate smart building technology solutions appears to be largely
ignored or indefinitely delayed at times.
Sinclair: How will this research assist those who participate in the study?
uncovering market issues in the development and deployment of
intelligent building technologies, the study will be designed to enable
sponsors to identify the pain points in the bid-spec process and where
they occur most frequently along with the current divide between
various supply chain partners and the roadblocks to working towards
mutual goals. But the research will not just identify problems, it will also identify solutions.
The research will determine what are the most successful RFP business
models and technology rollout initiatives. The research will also
develop ROI benchmark data to support a robust value proposition of
intelligent building data information exchange between different market
places, for more informed decision-making regarding the benefits of
adopting intelligent building systems. The research will also
help best address value and supply-chain problems and identify
potential technology deployment initiatives amongst the various
stakeholders within the bid-spec process.
Sinclair: Who is participating in this research project?
Zimmer: Some of the companies sponsoring the
project are: Cadillac Fairview Corporation, Diebold Incorporated,
Distech Controls, Inc., Honeywell International, Hydro One Networks,
Inc., Ingersoll Rand/Trane, Philips, Siemens Industry, Inc.,
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and Verizon.
Sinclair: How does the CABA research process work?
Zimmer: CABA members have the opportunity to
participate in leading-edge research by joining a CABA project steering
committee, proposing topics and sharing costs. A research vendor
and a program manager are selected and contracted by CABA. This
process makes collaborative research cost-effective for CABA
members. Furthermore, participants get exclusive use of the
findings during an embargo period. This process is how the CABA
Research Program operates.
The CABA Research Program
(http://www.caba.org/research) offers a range of opt-in technical and
advisory research services designed to provide industry stakeholders
with collaborative market research and R&D opportunities.
The program is designed to be
flexible and to maximize relevant and actionable results for all
research participants while concurrently sharing and minimizing
costs. It leverages agnostic, systematic and proven project
management techniques to ensure that realistic and neutral research
results are achieved.
CABA works to manage a number of
market research and R&D projects. The organization acts as an
agnostic platform to ensure that realistic and neutral research results
Sinclair: How can organizations learn more and become involved in the project?
Zimmer: To become involved in this research
project, please contact George Grimes, CABA’s Business Development
Manager at 613.686.1814 x226 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The prospectus and full presentation about the “Intelligent Buildings
and the Bid-Specification Process” research project are available at: http://www.caba.org/research/projects/bid-spec.
We encourage all organizations
involved in the bid-spec process to be involved in this study. If
the result of this research study enables you to create more efficient
bid-specifications and increase your profits, your investment in this
study will pay for itself with one new contract.
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