As commercial buildings increasingly need to be more efficient with their energy use, more owners will turn to automation systems to meet this need. In the U.S., the use of building automation technology is expected to increase 43% by 2017, according to an IHS Research report.
Buildings consume large amounts of energy through heating, ventilation and cooling. These elements can all be centrally managed via a building automation system, which can exercise more control over these elements to save costs.
In addition, the increasing cost of electricity will reportedly play a major role in the rise of building automation systems.
“With budgets cut and many large companies struggling to grow at more than 5% on an annual basis, the higher cost of electricity could prove to be a major headache for commercial and government building owners,” says Sam Grinter, market analyst for the building technologies group at IHS.
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