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Technology Roadmap for Intelligent Buildings

Editor, Ken Sinclair

 CABA Technology Roadmap for Intelligent BuildingsHave you seen the new CABA Technology Roadmap for Intelligent Buildings?

This 60 page glossy roadmap also available in a (66 pages) Adobe Acrobat PDF, 2.3 MB file is an excellent starting point for our large building automation industry to begin it's reinvention and repackaging and to get on with the task of helping create an even better roadmap. It is important to note that maps can only be made when we have been somewhere.  I feel that there is a great potential for us as an industry to explore many new concepts and directions and work with CABA to help them grow their roadmaps. Efforts like this help our industry present a new unified image to the savvy building owners. Groups like CABA (Continental Automated Buildings Association) are working to quantify the significant industry changes, see below.

 CABA has Released its Technology Roadmap for Intelligent Buildings

On December 3, 2002, CABA and the Government of Canada officially released the Technology Roadmap (TRM) for Intelligent Buildings at CABA's 2002 Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Conference. The Technology Roadmap (TRM) for Intelligent Buildings was a collaborative $110,000 research project between industry and five federal government departments and agencies, managed by the Continental Automated Buildings Association. The project focused upon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings, and culminated in a final report that provides an in-depth examination of intelligent buildings technologies. Download your free copy now at


This Technology Roadmap explores and explains the current status and imminent opportunities offered by the accelerating evolution and use of intelligent building technologies. The focus is on commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings, both new projects and retrofits, in a five-year time horizon.

 Future Directions

The most successful intelligent buildings indicate that the greatest advantages come from integrating communications and ensuring that the traditional systems have the ability to intercommunicate and interoperate. A single operator interface must recognize status and control information of all available systems. The primary benefit comes from the shared space, infrastructure and operating staff. Current trends to work from home encourage remote interaction with building communications and services. These trends are being influenced by technologies and the current market situation. Construction methods and technologies are breaking down some conventional barriers. Increasing concern with environmental impacts and with security needs are market forces that influence intelligent buildings functionality. Intelligent buildings depend on the increasing reliability of secure and resilient communication infrastructures. Mobile telephones are well established, encouraging mobile communications in many other forms. This technology has value for in-building applications. For the occupants/tenants and the operators, these technologies yield substantial efficiencies. 

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These evolving concepts will lead to intelligent building technologies that are not yet on the drawing board.

 Conclusions and Recommendations

 The major “actionable” conclusions and recommendations to promote intelligent buildings are:

• Intelligent building technologies are generally available but are not yet widely adopted;

• there is reluctance by much of the development and construction industry to embrace them;

• many changes and initiatives must occur for these technologies to become widespread; and

• there is a need for promotion and education at all levels and in all segments of the industry.

This Technology Roadmap recommends many actions that require co-operation, as is typical of progress in technology applications in today’s world. The adoption of intelligent buildings offers major advantages, faces significant challenges, and is moving forward because of the vision and dedication of individuals and organizations.

Be sure to take the 

The CABA Interactive Industry Tour  designed to provide you with easy to understand definitions about the exciting new technologies powering integrated systems and home/building automation.

Use this tour to learn about different technologies and to discover more about CABA members who manufacture and provide integrated systems and home/building automation products and services.

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