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Nov 12, 2019

Smart BuildingsIn an era of energy and digital transformation, the economics of building ownership are changing. According to a new white paper from the global Energy practice of Navigant, a Guidehouse company, energy, technology and service providers must innovate in the buildings sector or risk major disruption to their businesses.

Worldwide, an estimated 24 billion square feet of new commercial buildings is constructed annually — the equivalent of about 9,000 new Empire State Buildings. The new Navigant white paper concludes that while building owners have been deploying intelligent buildings solutions that rely on data for automation and control for decades, future-ready digital buildings will stack advanced technologies to enable coordinated operations for energy flexibility, reliability, and decarbonization value beyond the building envelope. The transformation will be enabled through the evolving Building-to-Grid (B2G) platform, a customer-centric energy ecosystem described in Navigant’s Energy Cloud 4.0 vision of a more sustainable, highly digitized, and dynamic energy system.

“B2G fundamentally redefines the relationship between building owners and suppliers of energy,” says Jan Vrins, leader of Navigant’s global Energy practice. “This platform will enable massive opportunities beyond the ability to uncover new business insights and improve the occupant experience. It will empower building owners to coordinate building operations with other onsite distributed energy resources like solar, storage, or electric vehicle charging infrastructure.”

As an increasingly dynamic, flexible, and intelligent building stock moves toward seamless integration with an evolving grid infrastructure — one that prioritizes clean, distributed, mobile, and intelligent market systems — significant value creation opportunities are expected to emerge across the stakeholder ecosystem, according to the white paper.

“B2G offers new revenue opportunities for innovative technology and service providers, enhanced customer-centric experience for building owners, and decarbonization and flexibility benefits for tackling the climate crisis,” says Casey Talon, Associate Director with Navigant. “The opportunity cost of inaction is huge — industry incumbents across the energy and building technology sectors who fail to innovate will lose out to new competition from adjacent markets, creative strategic partnerships, and flexible peers.”

To avoid major disruption, the paper advises that stakeholders should prioritize:

• Thinking beyond the building envelope and investing in a B2G market entry strategy today — build, buy, or partner to bolster and expand legacy capabilities.

• Engaging early adopters to demonstrate B2G potential with real-life case studies that demonstrate the technical benefits and specific ROI tied to financial business models.

• Focusing market education and outreach on the business benefits of B2G enabling technologies to create the business case customers need to begin the journey.

To learn more, download the latest Navigant white paper, Building-to-Grid: Industry Transformation for Flexible, Integrated, Value-Generating Resources, https://www.energycentral.com/o/navigant/building-grid-industry-transformation-flexible-integrated-value-generating.

With over 600 consultants, Navigant’s global Energy practice is the largest energy and sustainability consulting team in the industry. Navigant collaborates with utilities and energy companies, governments and NGOs, large corporations, product manufacturers, tech vendors, and investors to help them thrive in a rapidly changing energy environment. Navigant’s clients include the world’s 60 largest electric, water, and gas utilities; the 20 largest independent power generators; and the 20 largest gas distribution and pipeline companies. Navigant’s seasoned professionals and highly skilled specialists form exceptional teams to help clients transform their businesses, manage complexity and accelerate operational performance, meet compliance requirements, and transform organizations and systems to address upcoming changes as the energy transition accelerates.

About Guidehouse

Guidehouse is a leading global provider of consulting services to the public and commercial markets with broad capabilities in management, technology, and risk consulting. We help clients address their toughest challenges with a focus on markets and clients facing transformational change, technology-driven innovation, and significant regulatory pressure. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and technology/analytics services, we help clients create scalable, innovative solutions that prepare them for future growth and success. Headquartered in Washington DC, the company has more than 7,000 professionals in more than 50 locations. Guidehouse is led by seasoned professionals with proven and diverse expertise in traditional and emerging technologies, markets, and agenda-setting issues driving national and global economies. For more information, please visit: www.guidehouse.com.

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