- Building Management Technologies Research - Building Management Technologies Research Sat, 24 Feb 2018 2:24:31 Innovations in Bioplastics, Energy Management, Nylon Recycling, Plastics to Fuel Conversion, and Chemicals Production This edition of the Industrial Bioprocessing TOE features trends and innovations in manufacturing of bio-plastics and chemicals. The TOE focuses on various technology innovations in the areas of building energy Management, nylon recycling, and plastics to fuel conversion. The Industrial Bioprocessing TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, processes and strategic insights of industries involving bioprocessing, including innovations in the development and production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, alternative fuels, chemical feedstocks, food and beverages, and consumer products. Keywords: Bio-plastics, High-value fuels from plastics, nylon recycling, bacterial enzyme, IoT for buildings Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 European DC Power Distribution Market, Forecast to 2025 With the rising penetration of energy-consuming native direct current (DC) loads in commercial and residential applications, and the increasing focus on the adoption of energy-efficient systems to fulfil ambitious national goals, the debate over the relative merits of AC- versus DC- based systems has intensified. Whilst the DC power distribution market is growing at an accelerated pace, it is currently underpenetrated due to the existing AC infrastructure. The DC power distribution market is expected to reach $40.1 million in 2025, driven by the increasing integration of solar PV and energy storage in residential and commercial buildings, combined savings opportunities from DC-powered LED lighting, and, to an extent, energy efficiency regulations and targets. However, the market is countered by a couple of strong barriers such as existing AC infrastructures and lack of DC-ready end-use products. The market trends have been analysed for the study period of 2017 to 2025, with 2017 as the base year. The scope of the study includes components of DC power distribution systems in a DC/hybrid distribution network operating below 400V. The components include converters (central rectifiers and DC-DC converters), DC circuit breakers, DC power distribution units (PDUs), and DC power management systems (monitoring and control) installed for building-level, floor/room-level, and device-level conversion. The study does not include DC LED drivers and DC infrastructure components such as system connectors, power cable assemblies, and DC ceiling grids for market sizing. Frost & Sullivan has identified the most significant vertical markets and combined some verticals to make the research simple. These are commercial (includes office, retail, and hospitality), telecom sites, data centres, and others segments (includes industrial warehouses, healthcare, government buildings, infrastructure, and educational institutions). The regional scope of the study covers Western, Northern, and Southern Europe as well as some of the larger markets of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Western Europe includes United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland, Germany, France, Netherlands, and Belgium; Southern Europe includes Iberia and Italy; Northern Europe includes Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden; and Central and Eastern Europe includes Austria, Switzerland, Poland, and other Eastern European countries.--BEGIN PROMO--

Key Issues Addressed

  • What is the current state of the market and how strongly will it grow in the next five years?
  • What are the DC end-use products that are currently available in the market?
  • What are the different power distribution levels?
  • What is the segmentation split?
  • What are the current and future challenges that participants face in implementing DC power distribution in buildings?
  • What are the growth opportunities and critical success factors for participants to fast-track growth in this market?
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Keys to the Future of FM: Workplace Evolution If workers were to choose whether to work from office, home, or anywhere, the latter two options getting a higher number of votes would not be surprising. The concept of office may appear to be unattractive to the future of labor. There are various reasons for this paradox. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Keys to the Future of FM: Energy Management Facilities management (FM) companies will inevitably need to undergo business transformation to stay relevant in a rapidly changing competitive landscape and amid evolving technologies. FM companies with business-as-usual service propositions will risk losing out in the market. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Global Digital Transformation on the Building and Construction Sector, Forecast to 2025 Digital transformation journey has to be adopted in order to stay competitive. The building and construction industry productivity in general is largely left behind, compared to other industries, due to the slow digital transformation movement. Poor planning, lack of automation, insufficient communication, inadequate risk management, and unsophisticated supply chain practices are the major factors hampering productivity and causing significant cost and time overruns. The need to boost productivity, coupled with the need to minimize project overruns and the reliance on unskilled labor, is the top driver for IT adoption in the construction industry. In addition, the combination of new mega trends like urbanization, connectivity & convergence, smart is the new green, artificial intelligence, and other social trends are driving transformational changes in the industry. Ultimately, the move toward digital transformation will be inevitable for the building and construction industry.--BEGIN PROMO--

Research Highlights

Digital transformation in the construction industry focuses on three key areas: i) Big data: management of bulk data, allowing information sharing on transparent and accountable platforms and processes, encouraging a collaborative and inclusive decision-making process, as well as better analysis and prediction; ii) Automation: facilitates competitiveness, reduces unpredictability that contributes to time and cost overruns, and improves resiliency to threats and interruptions; and iii) Standardization: leads to efficient resource management, simplifies operations and supply chain, minimizes waste and boost efficiency, and facilitates innovation and sustainability. Despite the increasing availability of digital solutions, the industry has to overcome the challenge of rolling out technology across multiple sites, subsectors, and stakeholders. The way forward will be a platform that promotes interoperability. The regulatory framework has to be strengthened as well and the overall perception of industry stakeholders has to be debunked to enhance awareness and the willingness to invest in this digital transformation journey.

This analysis on current building and construction industry journey towards digital transformation shows the fundamental issues in the industry and identify achievable digital transformation opportunities. Case studies and examples of current digital transformation implementations are provided to showcase possible applications.

Key Issues Addressed

  • What are the industry challenges that can to be solved with digital transformation?
  • What will happen to companies that cannot keep up with digital transformation? Who will win? Who will be threatened by them?
  • What are the customer values by adopting digital transformation in the building and construction sector?
  • What are the growth opportunities? Who are the key providers of digital transformation within the building and construction sector?
  • Why must digital transformation be a part of the company's corporate strategy? What are the innovative business models that can be mirrored?
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