BTL Mark: Resolve interoperability issues & increase buyer confidence
CABA's Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council
Ken Sinclair, Editor
Are you aware of CABA's Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council and it's six Task Forces?
Task Force 1: Intelligent Building
Task Force 2: Middleware
Task Force 3: Life Cycle Costs Analysis Tool
Task Force 4: Best-Practices Guide for Intelligent Building Technologies
Task Force 5: Demo Project - High Performance Building
Task Force 6: FIATECH - Capital Projects Technology Roadmap
How can I get involved?
Both Task Force 1
and Task Force 3 have come to a point that we require funding. We are pursuing
government and industry funding sources but, as you are probably aware, funding
is scarce everywhere. We need your assistance in identifying potential funding
sources, potentially including your own company. At this point, we don't expect
that any one organization will be providing large funding amounts - instead, we
will be pursuing smaller amounts from multiple sources. Please feel free to
contact me with any questions. I would be more than happy to tailor "funding
proposals" to meet the specific requirements of any potential funding source or
to direct the funding to a specific Task Force. Kirk McElwain, Technical
Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) Your Information Source for Home & Building Automation
Tel: 519.846.1916 or Toll Free: US/Canada: 888.798.CABA (2222)
Complete minutes are posted on the IIBC Forum at http://caba.infopop.cc/6/ubb.x.
What is Task force 1 Intelligent Building Ranking System doing?
What is Task Force 3 – Life Cycle Costs doing?
Tom Lohner, Chair, IIBC
The driver behind building construction is the bottom line – up front cost has been a major stumbling block to the implementation of intelligent building technologies. TF3 is developing a life cycle costs analysis tool – starting with conceptualization – to help prove to the stakeholders that IBT is less expensive over the full life cycle of the building. The intent is to develop a tool that will help design professionals, system integrators and building owners identify where costs come from when developing an intelligent building.
The online survey to collect verifiable, documented, quantitative data from public and private large buildings is now available at www.caba.org/survey. All IIBC members are requested to ask building/facility managers within their own company and/or customer locations to complete the survey. In order for the eventual online tool to be accepted by the industry stakeholders, it is imperative that the data being used is real.
The interim white paper is now available as well at: http://www.caba.org/councils/tf3.html. This paper can be used as background information to help convince contacts to complete the survey. If the reader buys the existing assumptions, than it will be obvious that IBT provides the best LCC.
We have talked to NIST – they have a group specializing in LCC. We may be able to use their BLCC as engine for our online tool. If we are successful, it will help us get to market quicker and keep costs down.
Funding is required for this Task Force as well – estimate $75K to complete an online tool.
Can you help? Read my interview with Tom in our August issue.
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