Each month RTM explores the top news stories affecting the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) communities.
This month in AEC news: Recently released studies anticipate significant growth worldwide within the smart building market; The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has finished a fluorescent to LED upgrade at its headquarters in Washington, DC, which will reportedly cut energy use by 45 percent; and a manual guide designed to be leveraged by architects, engineers, and developers during design and construction phases was released this month. The guide outlines Wired Certification criteria and best practices to meet the technology needs and expectations of future tenants.
Studies Show Rise in Smart Buildings
Recently released studies anticipate significant growth worldwide within the smart building market, which is defined by buildings that are responsive, flexible and adaptive—through their physical design and IT infrastructure—to changing needs from its users and the organizations that inhabit the building during its lifetime. A Zion Research found that the market will reach $36 billion by 2020. Drivers of this growth have been pinned to increased urbanization and the desire to lower operating costs and increase building security. The study also reports that the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) will be a bit more than 30 percent between 2015 and 2020—the market was only valued at $7 billion in 2014. Read more.
Department of Energy HQ Gets LEDs
The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has finished a fluorescent to LED upgrade to its headquarters, the James Forrestal Building, in Washington, DC. The upgrade cuts energy use of the affected lighting systems by up to 45 percent. The project involved the installation of more than 33,000 LEDs, which have a longer lifespan than the lights they are replacing. DoE works to reduce energy use in structures around the country, and this upgrade aligns well with its mission of work. Learn more.
New Manual of IT Connectivity Guidelines for Commercial Developments, Redevelopments Released
The ‘Wired Certification Guidelines for Commercial Developments and Redevelopments,’ was released this month and has been reported to be the only manual of its kind. Designed to be leveraged by architects, engineers, and developers during design and construction phases, the guide outlines Wired Certification criteria and best practices to meet the technology needs and expectations of future tenants. The guide also showcases ways to optimally design for mobile capacity planning, conduit points of entry, electrical resiliency, and flexibility to adopt new building technologies. Read more.
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