What's next for the intelligent buildings market? Integrated data

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A new report conducted by Navigant Research has revealed that the integrated data centre energy management market in North America will more than double between now and 2024, writes Energy Manager Today.
According to the recently published findings, the US market is forecast to grow from $46.9 million in 2015 to $119.7 million in 2024, reflecting a 43% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).
An intelligent building, the article notes, is one that integrates its services and software in order to maximise both energy and operational efficiency throughout the systems of the building or facility. This could range from lighting to machinery and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).
More and more building owners and managers are realising the financial and environmental benefits of investing in intelligent solutions that can offer deeper and more comprehensive insights into their energy management.
Until now, the data centre hasn't particularly been included in discussions about intelligent buildings; but a growing number of building owners and decision-makers are now making on-site and enterprise data centres a key part of their plans for all-inclusive optimisation of their facilities.
Navigant explains that most of the revenue from integrated data centre energy management comes from services and software, which is amplified through building equipment and systems.
A key factor for the development of this market, it added, will be the breakdown of budgeting and decision-making silos between facilities management and IT departments. Only when both investment and decision-making become coordinated within an organisation, will integrated data centres become a reality.
Once implemented, integrated data centres promise to boost both the energy and operational efficiency of a facility by synchronising investment in software and services, equipment and upgrades, and energy conservation measures.
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