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An Open System to Make Buildings more Energy Efficient

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Energy efficiency has been on the top of the agenda for many, including building owners and facility managers. By integrating the various building systems from HVAC to lighting, buildings can be made more energy efficient, thus achieving cost savings. To do this, there is a need for vendor independent, so-called open building management systems where the devices can speak to each other, share information in real time which then can be used by the facility managers and owners to make well-informed decisions.

Building controls have a crucial role in helping buildings to be more energy efficient by making sure that all building services equipment operates at optimum level. By using open communication protocols, such as BACnet or Lon Works, HVAC, lighting, life safety, access, security and other building system control devices can interoperate, enabling facility owners to achieve improved energy efficiency.

“Significant energy savings can only be achieved when one has full control of the entire building. Standard communication protocols, such as BACnet or LonWorks, can make this possible by enabling the integration of various building functions into one open system”. - observes Frost & Sullivan’s Industry Analyst, Reka Szanto.

Frost & Sullivan is pleased to announce its 2009 quarterly analyst briefing on the future role of open communication protocols in Europe. The web conference, open to everyone interested on this subject, will take place on Tuesday, 22nd of September, at 3:00pm BST. A recorded version of the briefing will also be available 24 hours after the presentation.

During the presentation Reka Szanto will give an overview of communication protocols, outline the advantages of open Building Automation Systems, trends, and discuss challenges and opportunities linked to smart buildings. At the end there will be the opportunity to ask questions to the analyst.

This briefing will benefit manufacturers of building automation products, system installers, building owners and anyone hoping to understand the current issues relating to the role of communication protocols in achieving greener buildings.

To participate, please email Chiara Carella at with the following information: your full name, company name, title, telephone number, e-mail, address, city, state and country. Upon receipt of the above information, a registration link will be e-mailed to you. You may also register to receive a recorded version of the briefing at anytime by submitting the aforementioned contact details.