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Annual Supplier Revenues for Smart Building Applications to Grow 150 Percent Globally by 2017
London (Nov. 18, 2013)—Annual
expenditures of integrated “smart” building applications, as measured
by equipment supplier revenues, will grow globally by 150 percent by
2017, according to a new report released by IHS (NYSE: IHS), a leading
global source of critical information and insight.
The global market for integrated equipment in buildings is forecast to grow at an average annual rate of 20.3 percent—from $12.6 billion in 2012 to $31.6 billion by 2017. As a proportion of overall building equipment investment, smart applications are forecast to increase from 8 percent to 14 percent over the same period.
For purposes of the report, smart building systems are deemed to be those in which the products are unified into a single system, combining and integrating different functions into one solution. Building systems integrated together can include energy management software and services, door automation equipment, intruder alarms, lighting controls, and HVAC systems, among others.
“One of the key drivers for integrating systems and making buildings more intelligent is the energy efficiency savings that can be achieved,” said William Rhodes, senior market analyst, building technology, for IHS, and the author of the report entitled “Opportunities in Smart Buildings”. “While energy efficiency measures represent only one aspect of intelligent building design, their effectiveness is easily quantified and building owners can immediately see the return on their investment.”
The report groups smart building investments by their level of integration, Level One being the highest. This group—in which building systems are centrally managed to drive energy and operational efficiencies—represents the fastest-growing category of smart building investment, with global supplier revenues forecast to grow at an average annual rate of 55.6 percent over the forecast period.
By geographic region, Asia is forecast to have the highest growth rate in supplier revenues on integrated building applications, increasing from $4 billion in 2012 to $15.7 billion in 2017. The North American market will see the second-fastest growth rate, with revenues increasing from $4.7 billion to $8.9 billion.
Currently, while the majority of new equipment installed in buildings remains stand-alone—non-integrated—systems, most large, newly constructed or refurbished buildings have at least a basic level of integration—and that level of integration is expected to increase. Economies of scale apply to larger buildings that create faster payback on investment than in smaller and medium-sized buildings.
About IHS (www.ihs.com)
IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today's business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 165 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs approximately 8,000 people in 31 countries around the world.
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