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Thursday, January 26, 2023


What are companies doing to cut Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions?
World Economic Forum
Greenhouse gas emissions are divided into three categories for businesses and organizations — Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3. Companies will need to cut emissions across all three scopes to meet internationally agreed targets on global warming.
(IS-2022-130) Build it for Zero Carbon
This executive guide on achieving a zero-carbon future was authored by Schneider Electric SE and published on March 30, 2022. Buildings consume 30% of the world’s energy and are responsible for 40% of CO2 emissions. If the world can collectively work together toward net-zero 2030 targets, then the trajectory of the temperature rise will stay within 1.5%, helping us to avoid a host of climate-change-related impacts. There is also a growing recognition of the intersection between climate action and social justice. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), low-income, and traditionally under-resourced and underrepresented communities have historically borne a greater burden from these impacts. This paper lays out Schneider Electric’s holistic, replicable strategy for organizational decarbonization. With this proven roadmap, organizations of all kinds can define, set, deploy, and sustain decarbonization programs. CABA members may login to access this members-only content. Non-members please go to for a preview of library content and to join.
(IS-2022-129) Building Operating System
A US Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) paper published on March 24, 2022 shows how today’s smart buildings are data-driven, leveraging sub-system integration and analytics that improve functionality and make them an operational and productivity asset. Effectively achieving smart building objectives starts with re-evaluating the way they are designed, procured, and operated. The paper explores how to design and deploy a smart building based on an operating system model that ensures flexibility, reduced construction and operational costs, improved return on investment, and a better, more productive occupant experience. It examines how technologies like power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled edge devices, Digital Twins, and Single-Pair Ethernet (SPE) are emerging to deliver additional benefits and the potential for greater asset value. CABA members may log in to access this members-only content. Non-members please go to for a preview of library content and to join.
Smart home devices: The key to domestic efficiency
CEOWORLD magazine
Corporate executives have demanding jobs. They work long hours solving complex problems in business. That’s why when executives get home, they want to relax.


Proudly showcasing the companies, engineers, and innovators who are inventing the future of HVACR
AHR Expo
At the AHR Expo from Feb 6 to 8, 2023 in Atlanta, manufacturers and suppliers from around the world will unveil the latest additions to their product line-ups, demonstrate what is new and innovative about the technologies, provide product details, and answer questions.
Report shows that smart buildings get rent premiums, too
The office market is becoming a story of the haves and the have-nots. Building owners may have known for a while now that research shows properties with LEED and other green certifications get a premium on rents, as previously reported. It turns out this applies to smart buildings as well as ones that are more digitally connected.
HVAC tech has made strides in the last decade, but most buildings don’t know that
Society owes a lot to the technology that heats and cools buildings. After all, it’s what shaped modern life. Cities in otherwise unbearably cold or hot climates boomed when mechanical temperature and humidity control allowed people to live and work in comfort year-round, regardless of the weather outside. The technology woven into HVAC systems has advanced greatly, but most buildings in America don’t seem to have gotten the memo.
Building a greener future begins with buildings
Turning sustainability ambition into action begins with buildings. The built environment is the single largest emitter of carbon, ahead of even transportation and agriculture. In fact, nearly 40% of the world’s carbon emissions come from commercial real estate, with the industry’s total footprint expected to double by 2060. Yet despite real estate’s outsized environmental impact, the built environment receives only 5% of climate tech investments. It remains an untapped opportunity for companies looking to meet sustainability targets.
One key mindset shift is driving global innovation for the planet
World Economic Forum
Ecosystem-based approaches yield the broad-scale success this planet needs. Companies have the opportunity to be market leaders in the race to net zero.
A digital solution to a legacy energy crisis
The ongoing call by governments to reduce energy consumption is a bone of contention for the energy consumer. But it’s not just homes that are impacted; it’s businesses too. As the requests evolve into full-blown cries for help, trying to secure alternative fuel sources is merely dabbling with short-term solutions to an ongoing problem. The answer? Decarbonization.
The future of smart buildings, smart building technology and IoT
IoT World Today
The Internet of Things market is growing exponentially, in value as well as size, and the value of the smart building market is growing in tandem. How can companies on both the buy and sell sides take advantage?


Apple to expand smart-home lineup, taking on Amazon and Google
BNN Bloomberg
Apple Inc. is working on a slate of devices aimed at challenging Inc. and Google in the smart-home market, including new displays and a faster TV set-top box, after relaunching its larger HomePod speaker.
Mui Board enables smart home control from a plank of wood
Japanese “calm technology” company Mui Lab has unveiled the consumer-ready version of its Mui Board — a minimalist control hub for the smart home that looks like an unassuming block of wood.
A smart home can be dumb. Here’s how to do it the right way
The Washington Post
Just say no to the Internet-connected toilet. But yes to the smart thermostat.
CSA interview: Matter will drastically improve the smart home experience
Android Authority
CSA’s Chris LaPré shares details on what Matter is, which devices it supports, and what’s to come in the near future.
7 ways to keep a smart home safe from hackers in 2023
Android Headlines
The IoT made smart homes a reality for many. However, anything that connects to the Internet is hackable. In 2021, smart homes in the UK faced 12,000 hack attacks weekly, and an alarming 35% of US homes suffered a breach. This number is expected to increase by 21% annually, equating to 174,000 annual incidents and a 42% incidence rate in 2023. Here are 7 ways to protect a smart home from intrusions and dangers in 2023.
Parks Associates Top 14 Insights
Parks Associates
Research firm Parks Associates published a data report this week looking at the high level state of the U.S. smart home.
Why do gas stoves matter to the climate — and the gas industry?
Alaska Beacon
Gas stoves are a leading source of hazardous indoor air pollution, but they emit only a tiny share of the greenhouse gases that warm the climate. Why, then, have they assumed such a heated role in climate politics?


[CABA Podcast] Understanding the Changing Landscape of Intelligent Commercial Buildings
CABA’s podcast episode on Smart Buildings features host Anto Budiardjo, CEO at and Host/Moderator of Monday Live!, and guests Jim Lee, CEO at Cimetrics, and Rick Justis, Managing Director at Coalition for Smarter Buildings (C4SB). These experts will discuss current industry changes, challenges, and trends leading up to the CABA endorsed Smarter Summit being held at AHR in Atlanta this February.
CABA Project To Focus on Healthy Buildings and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
The CABA research project for the large building sector, “Healthy Buildings and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ),” is nearing completion. There’s still time to join at the Bronze and Titanium level. The project has already received funding commitments from Belimo, Broan-NuTone, Cyber Power Systems, Delta Controls, Distech Controls, Dwyer Instruments, EBTRON, Functional Devices, Honeywell, Iota Communications, Johnson Controls, R-Zero Systems, Schneider Electric, Siemens Industry, Southwire Company, and Yorkland Controls. Learn more on our website, including information on becoming a funder.
Residential-Sector Research: Smart Home Energy Management
CABA has launched its “Smart Home Energy Management” research project. Its purpose is to examine the state of the smart home energy management market from an adoption perspective, including significant trends and forces defining this industry, key inhibitors to industry growth, and potential paths forward for industry participants to enable stronger adoption and market growth. The funders to date, all CABA members, include Broan-NuTone, Honda, Resideo Technologies, Rheem, Snap One and Thread Group. Contact Greg Walker ([email protected]) for information on becoming a funder.