CABA Information Series

(IS-2018-1) A Low-Cost Energy Future for Western Cooperatives

This report by the Rocky Mountain lnstitute examines the cost savings opportunities of large scale renewable energy projects. It examines two potential projects (wind and solar) in the Tri-State area that could save $600 million through 2030 by switching off coal fired generation. The study demonstrates that coordination between wholesale energy providers and member co-ops mitigates risk allows for more cost-effective procurement of systems. Link.
(IS-2018-2) LED Lighting Solutions - Engineering for Demanding Environments
The report by Emerson focuses on LED illumination for hazardous locations and hard industrial environments where corrosion resistance, protection from water and dust on the outside, thermal design, surge suppression, among others are factors affecting the reliability of the fixtures. It explains the variables considered to define high quality luminaries like color temperature, lumen levels and projected life. Link.
(IS-2018-3) The Emerging Role of Single-Pair Cabling in Enterprise Networks
The report by Siemon summarizes IEEE 802.3’s BASE-T1 single-pair Ethernet standardization efforts and investigates the activities currently underway by the TIA TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Engineering Committee to develop performance requirements for single-pair cabling in commercial, intelligent building, and industrial spaces. Link.
(IS-2018-4) CABA Smart Grid Impact on Intelligent Buildings - Full Report
This research from CABA found that the fastest growing components of the smart grid market are grid applications, followed by: demand response and peak load management, building energy management systems, and smart meters. The report describes smart grid development an emerging driver for the development and deployment of more intelligent building technologies. Link.
(IS-2018-5) Creating a New Deal for Buildings
This CABA White paper argues that the relationship between building owners and building vendors is currently broken, especially in the area of how building automation systems and rapidly multiplying IoT devices are used to improve the value and utility of facilities. The remedies accept the realities of the new construction and retrofit processes, and provide a path to improve them, especially with respect to operating the building from construction until demolition. Link.
(IS-2018-6) Security Architecture for the Internet of Things (IoT) in Commercial Buildings 
The report published by Fairhair Alliance, authored by Piotr Polak of Philips Lighting, deals with implementation of a common, IP-based, secure infrastructure for building control. The topics covered include an overview of security, manufacturer and operational identity, device enrollment, security zones, authorization, and securing group communication. Link.
(IS-2018-7) Minimize Risk and Maximize Building Performance
This report by Lutron deals with the advantages of wireless light control and why contractors and specifiers are utilizing this innovative solution to stay competitive, maintain profitability, and exceed client’s expectations. The topics covered include workforce shortage, the importance of choosing the right lighting control, advantages for wireless deployment, smart buildings, and lighting retrofits. Link.
(IS-2018-8) Cybersecurity Trends 2018 Perspectives on cybersecurity in an increasingly digital world
This report by the TÜV Rheinland Group identifies the “most significant” global cybersecurity threats – and emerging opportunities. The topics covered include cyber regulation, the Internet of Things, operational technology, threat detection and response, artificial intelligence, certifications, biometric authentication, and industries under siege. Link.
(IS-2018-9) The impact of the ‘open’ workspace on human collaboration
This report by The Royal Society deals with the impact of open office architecture on employees' face-to-face and electronic interaction. The topics covered include a description of the study, results, discussion, and an extensive reference list. Link.
(IS-2018-10) The future of renewable U.S. energy investment: A Survey of Leading Financial Institutions
The report was prepared by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and deals with the investment climate in the U.S. amid ongoing national and global developments. The topics covered include investors’ confidence in the renewable energy sector, their insights about the impacts of market and policy changes, and their projections for cumulative private investment levels to 2030. Link.
(IS-2018-11) Smart Way to Achieve Smart Buildings: Delivering intelligence as a service
This report from Social Energy Partners addresses the way intelligent building technologies “as a service” (IBTaaS) are a change agent to accelerate technology adoption of by organizations worldwide. The topics covered include a summary of technology and real estate trends that are impacting building owners and operators, description of intelligent building technologies, the value of an “as a service” model, and a summary of the various benefits that are delivered by IBTaaS. Link.
(IS-2018-12) Intelligent Buildings: Design & Implementation Executive Summary
This CABA landmark research study lay an approach for the design and implementation of intelligent high-performance buildings from the perspective of architects, building engineers, designers, OEM hardware/software providers, service providers and facility managers. The state of the market, key industry players, business opportunities, technical barriers and opportunities, future market direction, case studies and industry recommendations are discussed. Link.
(IS-2018-13) The Evolution of Edge Computing
The report by ABI Research deals with the evolution of edge computing in 2017 by examining tier-one communication service providers and companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. The topics covered include strategies for getting closers to the end user and redefining apps and network deployment. Link.
(IS-2018-14) As-a-Service for Customer Service: Optimizing for New Utility Customer Demands
Business process as a service (BPaaS) is becoming an important option to address these needs and stay ahead—but what do utilities think about this approach? How does it work for utilities when customer service is often seen as a key component of utility operations? Zpryme and Hansen Technologies surveyed nearly 200 utilities to learn how they are responding to these new customer demands—and the role that BPaaS can play in addressing them. Link.