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The building automation and controls industry will be fundamentally transformed by digital technologies in the coming years, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

Co_op_Building_dual_facadeThe research firm says automation of various building systems – including HVAC, lighting, fire and life safety, and security and access controls – promises to improve energy efficiency and optimization, as well as enhance the comfort and health of occupants. Like the broader computing and voice, video, and data communications markets in previous decades, commercial building automation systems have reached a tipping point, where embedded computing and digital communications are driving accelerating adoption of these systems.

“Because building control systems are usually changed only every few decades, much of the existing building stock is still dependent on older technologies – a reality that will change over time as digital controls replace outdated systems,” the report says.

“Open and integrated systems, converged with modern information technologies, present both risks and rewards for industry stakeholders,” Eric Bloom, principal research analyst with Navigant Research, said in a statement. “Because building control systems are usually changed only every few decades, much of the existing building stock is still dependent on older technologies – a reality that will change over time as digital controls replace outdated systems.”

The increasing focus by building owners, operators, and regulatory agencies on optimizing commercial building energy use has put a spotlight on building automation systems, especially those for HVAC and lighting control, according to the report. In particular, the revolution in energy-efficient lighting, as the industry moves toward greater adoption of light-emitting diode (LED) technology, is opening new opportunities for advanced networked lighting controls.

The report, “Commercial Building Automation Systems”, analyzes the global market for commercial building automation systems for HVAC, lighting, fire and life safety, and security & access controls, as well as integrated building management systems. The report assesses how market drivers and technology advances will affect the adoption and success of these systems.