North America Building Technology Buying Processes and Bid Spec Process Evaluation, 2017
This research service offers in-depth understanding of the practices, challenges, process influencers, and opportunities pertaining to intelligent building (IB) design and implementation. The concept of IBDI processes was examined from the perspectives of building owners, occupants, vendors, service providers, and industry associations. It was found that the lack of efficient design and communication among the key stakeholders was the major challenge encountered by companies during the design and implementation of IB. Adopting a traditional approach rather than a collaborative approach to project management is the main reason for sub-par project efficiency and limited technology advancements. Traditional design and implementation processes are inadequate to meet the needs of dynamic entities such as IBs. It was noticed that only 30 percent of respondents followed best practices during the implementation of the project. Therefore, to improve the design and implementation processes, traditional silo-based approaches need to be abandoned in favor of a strategic and holistic view of the projects, beyond first costs. An integrated approach will help dissolve the barriers that isolate the design and implementation stages by bringing together all participants and their various knowledge and skills.
In addition to that, it was seen that architects, design and build contractors, and technology consultants are the top three partners that influence the design specifications. The level of influence of these three is higher in new construction activities than renovation and retrofit projects. In terms of technology, lighting and HVAC is anticipated to be the leading technologies for future renovations, tenant fit outs, and new installations.
The key focus areas of the project include the following:
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 stated by value chain participants and determining ways to mitigate them
Determining opportunities for collaborations and partnerships to resolve common challenges
The study presents the importance and implications of adopting the best design practices and implementation methods that could increase the adoption of the IB technologies and services. Frost & Sullivan hopes these findings will encourage vendors and service providers to consider incorporating IB design elements and implementation measures to create buildings that serve the holistic needs of occupants.
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