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CABA updates research on healthy buildings, indoor environmental quality

May 16, 2023
Conducted by Harbor Research and funded by CABA members, the research aims to help industry players like OEMs, control systems vendors, software and services providers, and building owners and managers make the right strategic decisions.

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) recently released this year's results for the association's annual landmark research project for the intelligent commercial buildings sector.

Conducted by Harbor Research and funded by CABA members, the association says the research aims to help industry players such as OEMs, control systems vendors, software and services providers, and building owners and managers make the right strategic decisions to respond to this evolving ecosystem.

Titled “Healthy Buildings and Indoor Environmental Quality,” CABA says the new research report offers: invaluable insights on the current state of Healthy Buildings and Indoor Environmental Quality (HBIEQ) from an adoption standpoint, including key customer pain points, technical barriers, and other adoption challenges; as well as actionable recommendations for short and long-term strategies, technologies, and business models that are best suited to address air quality challenges and industry players’ growth in the market

“Research has clearly shown the link between indoor air quality and the health of inhabitants,” remarked CABA board chair Brian Ensign of Superior Essex Communications. “The intelligent buildings sector has a stake in creating healthy buildings not only for people’s well-being, but also to help owners and operators cost-effectively meet consumer demand, comply with evolving regulatory requirements, and respond to business needs such as reducing employee absenteeism.”

Per an April 28 press release, the far-reaching research for the updated report was carried out between December 2022 and January 2023 and included: an industry content scan; in-depth executive interviews; a broad online survey that gathered information from more than 800 intelligent building owners, operators, and occupants; and a comprehensive market analysis.

“It was exciting to see such engagement, through both funding and consultation, in this collaborative research across the intelligent buildings sector,” said CABA CEO Greg Walker. “It demonstrates the real need for reliable, third-party qualitative and quantitative data to give market players a clearer understanding of the healthy buildings landscape and the opportunities driving the most value creation today and in the future.”

The research was funded by CABA member companies, including:

  • Belimo Americas
  • Broan-NuTone
  • Cyber Power Systems (USA), Inc.
  • Delta Controls, A Delta Group Company
  • Distech Controls Inc., An Acuity Brands company
  • Dwyer Instruments, Inc.
  • EBTRON, Inc.
  • Functional Devices, Inc.
  • Honeywell International, Inc.
  • Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • R-Zero Systems
  • Schneider Electric
  • Siemens Industry, Inc.
  • Southwire Company, LLC
  • Yorkland Controls Ltd.

The full $130,000 (USD) research project is currently only available to the funding organizations, and will be available to the public for purchase from CABA following a four-month embargo period.

In the meantime, you can download an executive summary here.

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