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3 - Research Studies preparing to launch

"Smart Grids Impact on Intelligent Buildings 2011" Research Study

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is pleased to announce that it is undertaking a new intelligent buildings landmark research study which will examine the impact of smart grids and net zero energy on commercial buildings. In conjunction with research consultancy BSRIA, CABA presented the project webinar to a record audience of 104 participants, on April 19, 2011. The complete recorded webinar presentation, slides and detailed research prospectus can be viewed and downloaded at: http://www.caba.org/research/projects/smart-grid-2011. The research project has been reviewed, approved and has the consensus endorsement of CABA's IIBC Executive Committee and IIBC Research Task Force. Major organizations such as Cadillac Fairview Corporation, Diebold Incorporated, Philips Research North America, Siemens Industries, Inc., Ingersoll Rand/Trane/Schlage, Southern California Edison, GE Energy, Honeywell International and Shell International have already committed to study participation, with several other major organizations expected to join the project Steering Committee shortly.

State of the Connected Home Market 2011 Research Study

CABA is launching the latest "State of the Connected Home Market 2011" research study and we are pleased to report that the following CABA members will be participating in this ground-breaking research: 3M Company, Best Buy Co, Inc., Bosch Home Appliances, Consolidated Edison Company of NY, GE Energy, Hydro One Networks, Ingersoll Rand/Trane/Schlage, Microsoft Corporation, Shell International, Schneider Electric, Southern California Edison Company, TELUS and Whirlpool Corporation.

Control Solutions, Inc Research Objectives:
•    Identify the most desired features and combinations of features for connected home solutions, and how these map to improving consumer lifestyles. For example, security, comfort, energy savings, family communications, entertainment, etc.
•    Identify the state of enabling network technologies for the most desired solutions, and needed improvements to facilitate adoption.
•    Characterize the most promising consumers in terms of their lifestyles, family dynamics, demographics, likely purchases, and decision-making processes for new purchases.
•    Understand how to make the benefits of connected home solutions clearer to consumers, while effectively addressing concerns.
•    Update channel approaches to more easily entice consumers to consider purchase of connected home solutions.

This initiative is the latest research project to be unveiled under CABA's Research Program and more details on the Program and other completed projects can be found at: http://www.caba.org/research

"Aging in the Connected Home" Research Study

The CABA Research Program is undertaking a new research project entitled "Aging in the Connected Home". The purpose of this study is to identify a potential new market space by helping seniors remain longer in their home.

Areas of consideration involve understanding the various inputs and outcomes of specific jobs/activities within the home that affect the aging adult as they move about the home and take care of basic necessities.
This research project will help organizations understand the opportunities for value creation amongst different groups within this population. ASSA ABLOY, Ascension Health, Ingersoll Rand and TELUS Corporation have committed to participating in this study.

For more information on the three studies visit http://www.caba.org/research/projects

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