– Ron Zimmer and Ken Sinclair
Ron Zimmer is President & CEO of
Continental Automated Buildings
Life Cycle Costing and
Intelligent Buildings 2013
Increasingly, end users in the intelligent buildings industry, such as
architects, building owners, tenants, and builders are seeking ways to
improve the cost efficiency of buildings and building-related systems
and components. Life-cycle costing is one measure used to
evaluate cost effectiveness
and takes into account all costs of acquiring, owning, and disposing of
a building or building system. LCC is particularly useful when making
comparisons to maximize net savings. However, research has
that the understanding of the benefits of LCC is low.
Can you describe CABA and its
The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) (www.caba.org
is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to
the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building
The organization is supported by an international membership of nearly
400 companies 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.
The organization was originally founded in 1988 as the Canadian
Automated Buildings Association, and this year, we are happy to be
celebrating our 25th anniversary. The founding members included Bell
Canada, Bell-Northern Research, Ontario Hydro, Hydro-Québec, Consumers
Gas, Canadian Home Builders’ Association, the Electrical and Electronic
Manufacturers Association of Canada, Industry Canada, Minto
Developments Inc. and the National Research Council of Canada.
In 2006, CABA integrated the Internet Home Alliance, an association of
technology companies committed to research and development within the
intelligent home sector. The working group became CABA's
Connected Home Research Council. In 2010, CABA's collaborative
research scope evolved and expanded into the CABA Research Program,
which is directed by the CABA Board of Directors. The CABA
Research Program's scope includes market research for both large
building technologies and home systems.
What is the latest research the
organization is undertaking?
CABA, through its Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council, has
launched a collaborative research study entitled “Life Cycle Costing
and Intelligent Buildings”.
What is the purpose of the new
The purpose of conducting this collaborative landmark research is to
better understand the issues associated with adopting a sound life
cycle costing method as a prerequisite for investing in intelligent
Life cycle costs analysis calculates the cost of a building system over
its entire life span. The process allows commercial property
owners and operators to analyze the long-term impact of construction
processes and infrastructure costs on forecasted operational costs
throughout the expected life of a building.
Highlights of the report will include an
in-depth look at:
- benefits of using LCC as an efficient costing method;
- a scan of alternative costing methods used by industry
and rationales for use;
- training efforts currently available;
- identification of challenges posed by using LCC;
- efforts required to increase greater adoption of LCC;
- recommendations for moving forward and fostering improved
among industry partners.
Does CABA have a history of
conducting research about life cycle
A previous CABA assessment conclusively found that office buildings of
50,000 to 100,000 square feet demonstrated the best
return-on-investment for integrated systems, but that there was a lack
of tools to evaluate the overall life cycle costs of implementation. As
a consequence, CABA previously undertook the development of a life
cycle analysis tool, along with a well-received industry white paper.
CABA’s new study will build upon this legacy.
Which CABA members are
participating in this study?
Zimmer: Sponsors of
the “Life Cycle Costing and Intelligent Buildings” research study
include: Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, Electrical Power
Research Institute (EPRI), Hydro One Networks, Hydro-Québec, Honeywell,
Johnson Controls, Ingersoll Rand/Trane, Legrand/WattStopper, Microsoft
Corporation, PCN Technology, Inc., Philips, National Institute of
Building Sciences/buildingSMART alliance, Public Works and Government
Services Canada, Siemens Industry, Inc. and The Siemon Company.
Who is conducting this study on
CABA has contracted Frost & Sullivan to undertake the research and
expects the study to be completed by October 2013. The study is a major
initiative of the CABA Research Program, which offers a range of opt-in
technical and advisory research services designed to provide industry
stakeholders with collaborative research and R&D
opportunities. For more information, please see
Sinclair: Can I get involved in this research
To learn more about this research project and CABA membership, please
contact George Grimes, CABA's Business Development Manager at
613.686.1814 x226 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can get more specifics about the project online
can access the project’s webinar and download both a presentation and
project description concerning the research.
CABA conducts a wide range of research activities that can benefit your
company or organization.
Sinclair: Once the project is complete, can my
organization obtain a copy?
Yes. Once the report is complete, it will be made available free of
charge in order to educate industry stakeholders.
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