CABA Launches Bid Specification Research Project

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Works Toward Creating a More Efficient Bid Specification Process

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We are proud to be participating in a project that will prove so valuable to members of the BACnet community.

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) has launched a collaborative research study entitled “Intelligent Buildings and the Bid Specification Process,” of which BACnet International is a sponsor.

The purpose of this collaborative landmark research study is to improve the understanding of the market imperfections and the inconsistencies that exist in designing and implementing intelligent building projects, as well as making investment decisions on intelligent technologies.

CABA’s research project will be designed to identify major problems in existing bid specification approaches and models, in order to help organizations create new strategies that unify the stakeholder decision-making process. The goal of the project is to provide its participating sponsors with actionable recommendations that they can utilize to improve the entire bid specification process.

BACnet International has signed on as a sponsor of the landmark research. In doing so, BACnet International assists in reaching the objectives of the project, including greatly improving the understanding of the market imperfections and inconsistencies that exist in designing and implementing intelligent building projects, as well as making investment decisions on intelligent technologies.

In addition to BACnet International, several member companies, including Automated Logic, Distech Controls, Honeywell International, Johnson Controls, Trane, Philips, and Siemens Industry, Inc. will also be sponsoring this research project.

BACnet International President Andy McMillan (Philips Teletrol) and Director Paul Jordan
(American Auto-Matrix) participate on the study’s Steering Committee, assisting in prioritizing the scope, objectives, and methods. “We are pleased to be working with CABA and other industry leaders on this important, industry-wide project” stated McMillan. “We are proud to be participating in a project that will prove so valuable to members of the BACnet community.”

“The aim of this research project is to turn frustration into profitability,” stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. “Creating a more efficient bid specification process will ultimately lead to an efficient and less expensive facility construction process and will lead to better buildings with advanced intelligence.”

At the end of the process, CABA expects to provide its research sponsors with a comprehensive bid specification model that can deliver a significant measure of consistency and control, along with the identification and description of a consistent scope of work that addresses the need to ensure timely facility construction and cost-effective maintenance through intelligent building technologies.

CABA expects the study to be completed by December 2012. Frost & Sullivan, a leading market research consultancy, has been selected to conduct the study.

The study is a major initiative of the CABA Research Program, which offers a range of opt-in technical and advisory research services designed to provide industry stakeholders with collaborative research and R&D opportunities. For more information, please see http://www.caba.org/research.

Organizations will be able purchase the report after it is made available by contacting CABA at 888.798.CABA (2222) or 613.686.1814 x 226.    

About BACnet International
BACnet International is an industry association that facilitates the successful use of the BACnet protocol in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, educational programs and promotional activities. The BACnet standard was developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and has been made publicly available so that manufacturers can create interoperable systems of products. BACnet International complements the work of the ASHRAE standards committee and BACnet-related interest groups around the world. BACnet International members include building owners, consulting engineers and facility managers, as well as companies involved in the design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and maintenance of control equipment that uses BACnet for communication.

About CABA
The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is a leading industry association that promotes advanced technologies in homes and buildings in North America.

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