“Other long-term trends are continuing. Whilst the value of BACS software fell marginally, the fall in BACS products was much larger. The relative growth in software is part of a movement towards buildings where the collection, processing and analysis of data is key to making the buildings operate more effectively.
Another indicator of this is that sales of sensors are forecast to increase faster than for other types of field devices. This could be a concrete signal of a growing emphasis on wellbeing in buildings.
There was already interest in wellbeing in buildings before the pandemic. Now it is shifting from being a ‘nice to have’ to something that is indispensable if you want to persuade people to return to work. Sensors have a key role to play, from measuring air quality to monitoring occupation levels.”
BSRIA’s latest research also confirms the continued growth in IP connectivity across a wide range of field devices. Building systems continue to become more converged. While cost and complexity continue to be barriers, this could be changing.
Prior to the pandemic, while people talked about wellbeing in buildings, the focus was on areas like energy efficiency which was well understood and could be measured – which made it easier to calculate return on investment.
Now priorities have changed as building owners need to find ways to entice people back. A safe healthy building is likely to be a smarter building because creating a safe indoor environment means getting the various building services to work in concert to provide people with fresh air, enforce social distancing and ensure a clean, secure space. All of this means that we are in for a particularly exciting time when everyone involved in the Building Automation Industry will need to keep ahead of the new demands a changing world is placing on us.
BSRIA’s BACS market studies for 2021 are available for USA, China, Australia, France, Italy, UK and UAE, each including PowerPoint and Excel deliverables. A global overview and summary are also available.