A new report from Navigant Research examines the major trends and market issues expected to shape the future of intelligent buildings in 2016 and beyond.

As building energy management systems (BEMSs) gain greater market penetration, building control algorithms are beginning to provide data beyond energy efficiency, including details on space utilization and operational efficiency.

“Intelligent building solutions represent a new generation of tools that leverage today’s data-rich commercial building environment to help stakeholders across the value chain,” says Casey Talon, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “This report highlights how intelligent buildings, in 2016 and beyond, will the generate more revenue, meet changing occupant demands, and respond to evolving policy pressures impacting the facilities industry.”

According to the report, just as the intelligent buildings industry is evolving, the power sector is also undergoing a shift from a linear framework of power generation and consumption to an interactive network, also known as the Energy Cloud. In the Energy Cloud, intelligent buildings join renewable energy, storage, and electric vehicles to become the energy nodes that replace the traditional, massive fossil fuel generation resources, while the IoT and cloud computing provide the platform of intelligence for the communication and analysis of energy data.