The CABA Research Program offers a range of opt-in technical and advisory research services designed to provide industry stakeholders with collaborative market research and R&D opportunities.  

The program is designed to be flexible and to maximize relevant and actionable results for all research participants while concurrently sharing and minimizing costs.  It leverages agnostic, systematic and proven project management techniques to ensure that realistic and neutral research results are achieved.

Landmark Research Projects


Connected Multi-Dwelling Units and the Internet of Things
The goal of this research project is to provide a comprehensive examination of all the major aspects of IoT related to MDUs, including: state of the market, MDU IoT trends, business opportunities, technical barriers and opportunities, future market direction, issues, case studies and industry recommendations.

Intelligent Buildings and the Impact of the Internet of Things  
This CABA research project will examine the impact of IoT related to intelligent buildings. This research will provide actionable data relevant to all segments of the intelligent building value chain, including, but not limited to: building owners, technology manufacturers, builders and developers, integrators and installers, service providers, insurance companies, industry associations and utility companies.

Cybersecurity and the Connected Home
The "Cybersecurity and the Connected Home" research project will utilize both industry expert interviews and consumer surveys to examine all the major aspects of cybersecurity in the home.  Some of the topics that will be covered include: cybersecurity trends related to the Internet of Things (IoT), public concern and awareness of cybersecurity, how cybersecurity impacts the adoption of connected home devices and services, business case analysis for cybersecurity in the home, specific opportunities and recommendations for all key industry players. 

Intelligent Buildings and Cybersecurity
The "Intelligent Buildings and Cybersecurity" research project will include: an evaluation of the state of cybersecurity in intelligent buildings, a stakeholder analyses via in-depth interviews and directed surveys, a value proposition evaluation for cybersecurity solutions, an assessment of the future market direction and specific recommendations.

Boutique Multi-Client Research Projects


Improving Organizational Productivity with Building Automation Systems 
NRC and Continental Automated  Buildings Association (CABA) members are poised to undertake a structured initiative to demonstrate that smart, integrated technologies  produce organizational productivity  gains in addition to energy and environmental savings. The result will transform the high-performance  buildings industry by establishing the built environment  as a strategic tool for organizations to achieve their goals.  

Zero Net Energy Buildings: Building Intelligent Controls Driving Success
This research will examine strategies and technologies applied in large commercial and multi-unit buildings, to identify zero net energy (ZNE) best practices that can become the references for developers, manufacturers, property managers, and property owners. Building automation systems and energy information systems will be characterized and building occupants and owners will be surveyed on the functionality and utilization of these systems. The results of this research will be used to value the system in relation to a ZNE outcome. The goal of this research is to identify the selection criteria, methodology, technology attributes, user preferences and role of the building automation and energy monitoring and information systems in ZNE buildings.