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The CABA NewsBrief - Dec. 12, 2019
The CABA NewsBrief
Dec. 12, 2019

Berg Insight expects 144 million smart homes in Europe and North America by 2023
Berg Insight estimates that revenues from shipments of home automation systems in Europe and North America will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 19.8 per cent from US$ 36.7 billion in 2018 to US$ 90.6 billion in 2023. According to this research report, the number of smart homes in Europe and North America reached 64 million in 2018. The most advanced smart home market is North America, having an installed base of 33.8 million smart homes at the end of the year. KNX Association is a CABA member.More

(IS-2019-128) Fairhair Specification enables IoT in commercial buildings via a common, building-wide IT infrastructure
This report by the Fairhair Alliance focuses on the Internet of Things (IoT) in commercial buildings. It describes an Internet Protocol (IP) developed to facilitate the information exchange between various building-automation systems, for example lighting or HVAC. (CABA members may login to access this members only content. Non-members please go to to obtain access to digital content.) Fairhair Alliance is a CABA member.More

(IS-2019-122) Advancing Automation: Cybersecurity
This 2019 eBook from examines various aspects of automated industrial cybersecurity. 5 industry leading organizations contributed ten articles on topic that include: Automation Techniques to Improve Cybersecurity and Ways to Tackle Cybersecurity on the Industrial Edge. (CABA members may login to access this members only content. Non-members please go to to obtain access to digital content.) More

5 lessons learned from a smart home experiment
Design News
Back in 2013, Honda worked with UC-Davis to launch a smart home project that would consume zero net energy. It was a bold experiment and a technical IoT marvel. Human dwellers occupied the home along with over 230 built-in sensors. Both provided a wealth of data and feedback that yielded several surprising results. Foremost was the importance of collecting data in a real-life environment, analyzing it and then acting on that analysis to try out new conditions and improved technologies. Honda Smart Home US is a CABA member.More

Mastering IoT in the construction field pays off for PCL Construction
IT World Canada
The construction industry has historically been slow to adopt new technologies; specifically when it comes to workflow management and building performance monitoring. A report from McKinsey suggests that the construction industry ranked as the second worst digitized industry globally. More

The top 10 technology trends in retail: How tech will transform shopping in 2020
Technology is changing the way every industry does business by helping to create efficiencies, save money, and provide better products and services. Retail businesses are also adopting technology to their advantage. Here are 10 of the top tech trends that will transform shopping. More

DLC online, filterable Networked Lighting Controls QPL
DesignLights Consortium
The QPL has been designed to help organizations customize their QPL view and select systems that work best for projects. DesignLights Consortium is a CABA member.More

Integrated building renovations can help to deliver a successful European Green Deal
Twelve major European clean energy associations have joined forces through the European Commission, calling for a bold strategy concerning the renovation of the EU building stock to be part of the European Green Deal — with on-site renewables, energy efficiency, and smart energy solutions at its core.More

CanWEA and CanSIA members vote to transform into a new multi-technology association
Recently in Toronto, votes were counted on special resolutions proposed to the members of both the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA). At separate Special Meetings of Members, the voting delegates for all members in every category of membership within each association were asked to vote on the amalgamation of the two organizations into a new multi-technology association focused on wind energy, solar energy and energy storage. CanSIA is a CABA member.More

Hydro-Québec will begin building solar generating stations in La Prairie and Varennes in 2020
Hydro-Québec has just received the green light from Quebec to begin construction of its first real solar power plants, which will occupy by 2020 the equivalent of 38 football fields on the South Shore of Montreal. Hydro- Québec is a CABA Board member.More

Cybersecurity for building automation systems
Security Boulevard
Rapid adoption of IoT-based systems with the promise of significantly reducing operational costs is driving rapid growth in the building and facility automation marketplace. The purpose of these systems is to improve occupant comfort, reduce energy consumption and total cost of ownership, efficiently operate building systems, and increase the lifecycle of utilities. More

Resideo Home app promises whole-home system monitoring
Honeywell spin-off Resideo (rhymes with presidio) recently announced a new app that can tie all of a home’s major systems — revolving around water, electricity, heating and air conditioning, and security — together in a unified user interface. The big catch is that the components in each of those systems must be at least connected to a Resideo product. Resideo is a CABA Board member. More

Apple's chance to dominate the smart home
The Motley Fool
After nearly a decade of fits and starts, the integrated smart home may finally be ready for prime time. And this time it might not be a new speaker that'll enable smarter homes — it might be your TV box. More

Connected toys expose smart homes: Report
Infosecurity Magazine
Security experts have warned of several flaws in connected toys which could allow hackers to talk to the children using them or even launch attacks against the smart home. British consumer advice group Which? enlisted the help of cybersecurity firm NCC Group to run the rule over seven smart toys from major retailers Amazon, Smyths, Argos and John Lewis. More

Resideo reaffirms its commitment to its professional network with new smart home app and services
Last week, Resideo Technologies announced several important smart home solutions and tools designed to augment the capabilities of its vast professional network, at a polished event at Austin’s Moody Theater for nearly a thousand industry professionals and company partners. CEO Mike Nefkens and Chief Innovative Officer Niccolo de Masi spent an hour walking the attendees through the company’s vision in the smart home space, accentuated by the announcement of a whole-home monitoring smart app with subscription services potential. Resideo is a CABA Board member.More

IOTAS brings smart home technology experience to apartments
Five years ago, a Portland, Oregon real estate developer approached Sce Pike, a mobile design developer, to help him differentiate one of his new apartment properties. He knew his demographic well, and a younger generation of apartment renters was looking for a technology-infused, smart home living experience. Sce, who had recently sold a mobile consumer company, considered helping, and soon realized the $5-billion multi-family real estate market had significant potential to adopt smart home technologies. More

Amazon's Ring is making its first smart light bulb, FCC documents reveal
The Verge
Amazon-owned smart home security company Ring makes a variety of smart lighting products. According to FCC documentation, the company is about to enter the replaceable bulb market dominated by companies like Philips Hue with a floodlight-style bulb, as spotted by tech writer Dave Zatz on Twitter. More

The best smart home gifts of 2019: Nest Mini, Echo Show 8, Botvac D7
The smart home category received a lot of scrutiny this year, rightly, for the data gathering practices of its many players, with Amazon and Google at the front of the line. Good. All the microphones, cameras and inscrutable algorithms and privacy policies that come with their hardware and that of other manufacturers deserves a hard look. It's for that reason that I recommend you ask yourself whether your intended recipient will really embrace any of the smart home products below if you give them as a gift this holiday season. More

AHR Expo Economic Industry Report
Every year the Annual Economic Outlook Survey of HVACR manufacturers and attendees is compiled by AHR Expo, the world’s largest HVACR event, and ASHRAE Journal. CABA was among those contributing industry “2020 views” in this year’s report. CABA endorses AHR Expo and has 4 sessions at the event, coming February 3-5, 2020.More

Why is open source the future of smart buildings?
We know open source is the future of smart buildings, supporting innovation and creating automation innards. It brings countless benefits to building owners, property managers, end users and automation providers. Those quoted in this article include John Petze of SkyFoundry, LLC, a CABA member and CABA President & CEO Ron Zimmer.More

CABA Annual General Meeting recording online
2019 CABA AGM and Industry Update was held on December 5. Anyone who missed the AGM can hear the recording and view the slides at More

Smart Home as a Service (SHaaS) Research Update
This project aims to provide a clearer understanding of the connected home landscape along with the opportunities and solutions available to drive revenue. The CABA members participating in this research are: Acuity Brands, Inc.,, Inc., American Lighting Association (ALA), Canadian Gas Association (CGA), CEDIA, ComEd, An Exelon Company, Consumer Technology Association (CTA), Control4, CSA Group, Daikin Industries, Ltd., Hydro-Québec, Legrand, MOEN, NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority), Resideo Technologies, Inc., Rheem Manufacturing Company, Southern California Edison Company, SnapAV, Southwire Company, LLC, TELUS, and WAC Lighting. Contact CABA’s Research Director, Greg Walker ([email protected]), for information on becoming a funder. The deadline to participate is Dec. 31, 2019 and organizations can join for as little as $5,000.More

Evidence for Building Retrofits that Improve Organizational Productivity
This project led by the National Research Council (NRC) and CABA seeks to demonstrate that smart, integrated technologies produce organizational productivity gains in addition to energy and environmental savings. Contact Greg Walker, CABA Research Director, if your organization may be interested in joining the research. The following CABA members are in the project: Acuity Brands, Inc., Cyber Power Systems, Inc., Honeywell International, Inc., Intel Corporation, Iota Communications, Inc., Kimberly-Clark Professional, Legrand, National Research Council (NRC), NYSERDA, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Siemens Industry, Inc., The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, UL LLC (Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.), and Yorkland Controls Ltd. Contact CABA’s Research Director, Greg Walker ([email protected]), for information on becoming a funder. More

CABA acknowledges member support
CABA would like to thank new members Cochrane Supply & Engineering and Greenwich Strategy LLC and renewing members Building Energy Innovators Council (BEIC), Enbridge Gas Distribution, and George Brown College.