2024 Smart Building Trends & Technology Adoption


The purpose of this crowd-funded collaborative research (valued at $80,000) is to define, investigate and make recommendations to industry participants regarding various markets within the Smart Building space. The research will provide a comprehensive analysis of key technical barriers, customer pain points, and adoption challenges in these markets, as well as identify the strategies, technologies, and business models most likely to confront those challenges and drive revenue growth in the future. Access to research is only available to participating funding organizations.


The project will include the following four components:

  • Annual Building Operator Survey (x1)
    • Target audience: 300 Commercial Buildings Owner/Operators in Canada and USA
    • Survey covering key topics/opportunities to gain annual perspective of operator needs/outlook
    • The research will utilize both industry expert interviews and consumer surveys
    • Co-branded 10-15-page survey highlights report
  • Quarterly Market & Technology Tracking (x3)
    • Intelligent buildings-related M&A, key funding rounds, and similar maneuvers from prior quarter
    • Other key tech/market news, such as policy and regulatory updates from prior quarter
  • Configured Research Projects (x2)
    • Based on Q1 discussions and activities, determine 2 configured research projects to complete, 1/quarter
    • Limited to 100 hours of analyst time per project
    • 2x configured research projects, 15-20-page PPT report with 1 summary infographic per report
  • Steering Committee Meetings (x6) and Other Interactions
    • 6-7 Steering Committee meetings, with minutes and recordings
    • 1:1 meetings with funders to understand needs and priorities
    • Organization webinars for each funder to review research findings
    • Final webinar to review research findings (included in both funding levels)

Configured Research Project Topics:

  1. Data Analytics and Predictive Maintenance – How data, analytics, AI, and other technologies can optimize maintenance and prevent downtime in buildings. Identify key solutions in the market today and highlight impact metrics from relevant case studies.
  2. Building as a Service Business Models – Emergence of innovative business models where building technologies, equipment and solutions are offered as a subscription or service, providing scalability and flexibility for owners, operators and tenants.

Click here for the full Research Prospectus.


Deliverables will be released throughout the year and are expected to be completed Q4 2024.


Bronze Funder – $5K USD:

  • Full Research
    • All research reports: Annual Building Operator Survey (x1), Quarterly Market & Technology Tracking (x3), Configured Research Project (x2)
    • Raw data obtained from the research
    • Executive summary
    • Presentations
    • Infographics
  • Opportunity to participate in the final webinar with all the funders which will highlight the findings of the research in detail.
  • Invitation to participate in a closing “Think Tank” discussion that explores the research findings and their implications.

Silver Funder – $10K USD (Most Popular):

  • All benefits associated with the Bronze Funder level.
  • Membership on the Steering Committee with the ability to shape the research scope, and methodology, and provide valuable input on the study’s direction.
  • Exclusive one-hour webinar tailored for your organization, allowing attendance for anyone within your organization. This webinar will provide a detailed overview of the research findings relevant to your organization.
  • Participation in three configured research projects: The topics for these projects will be determined in collaboration with the Steering Committee.



Greg Walker
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 613-518-6742