CABA – Continental Automated Building Association
The Continental Automated Buildings Association, through its Intelligent Buildings Council, has completed its $150,000 collaborative research study on “Intelligent Buildings: Design & Implementation”. The key focus areas of the study included: evaluating the benefits of adopting proper design and implementation practices; understanding various design processes currently in use and the ways to improve their adoption; addressing issues and challenges propagated by value chain participants and determining ways to mitigate them; and determining opportunities for collaborations and partnerships to address common challenges. The research found that there are no clear cut methods or implementation processes that specifically exist for intelligent building projects. However, various permutations of widely used and traditional design and procurement methods, such as bid-and-spec and construction management, currently serve as “go-to methods”. Due to a lack of focus in implementation, intelligent building design implementation projects often fail their strategic objectives because of a lack of partner alignment, unclear vision and strategy, disjointed planning and the inability to effective monitor, test and adapt building performance.