Cleantech Group’s Building Energy Management practice is part of its Energy Efficiency team. Industrial, commercial and residential buildings are currently going through a sea change in technology adoption. Integration with web services and new financing mechanisms are enabling this evolution. The Building Energy Management market is a stack of vendors, technologies, communication protocols and outputs. Cleantech Group generally defines the stack in this architecture:
The stack can be seen as both directional as well as chronological. The rise of modern building management systems in the 1990s led to the emergence of bridging devices that are pulling legacy communication protocols like BACnet onto an IP backbone. Today, new cloud-based services can provide diagnostics and control, sometimes called autonomous continuous commissioning, that exposes building functionality to third party web services and utility-facing applications like automated demand response. Key sector/technology coverage areas include:
- Building Management Systems like Trane and Johnson Controls.
- Bridging Technologies/Products like Cisco Mediator or Echelon SmartServer.
- Networked Application Specific Systems such as Lighting Control Systems like Adura Technologies (covered in our Lighting section), HVAC systems like Cypress Envirosystems, or data center management systems like SynapSense.
- Autonomous Continuous Commissioning vendors like BuildingIQ and Serious Energy.
- Commercial, Industrial and Residential end devices and technologies including Control4 or EnOcean.
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