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Digital service innovations power the global homes and buildings industry post-COVID-19

The global H&B industry is expected to reach US$1.26 trillion by the end of 2021, an uptick of 2.5%, reveals Frost & Sullivan. (Image source: Frost & Sullivan)

Frost & Sullivan?s recent analysis of the global homes and buildings (H&B) industry finds that although the effect of the pandemic was severe in traditional markets such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, and building automation, technology-based software markets flourished

They were driven by the Internet of Things (IoT) penetration at the field level of buildings, the emerging adoption of AI-driven solutions at the management level, and cloud-based remote services. Industry participants are including digital offerings to provide technology-enabled solutions that play a vital role in seamlessly integrating with existing systems and delivering building performance optimisation.

The global H&B industry is expected to reach US$1.26 trillion by the end of 2021 from US$1.23 trillion in 2020, an uptick of 2.5% in a conservative growth scenario. The study analyses seven industry segments: construction management, lighting, energy management, smart building management, facility management, fire safety and security, and smart homes. The construction management sector is expected to have the highest growth rate at 9.5%, followed by smart building management at 4.2%.

?The physical and mental health and wellness of occupants and overall health performance of buildings will be the top priority for building owners and facility managers in the post-COVID world,? said Anirudh Bhaskaran, senior industry analyst, energy and environment practice at Frost & Sullivan. ?This will lead to accelerated deployments of cloud-based remote services, workplace analytics, washroom innovations, AI-driven building solutions, high-efficiency particulate absorbing (HEPA) filters, ultraviolet-C (UV-C)-based disinfection, and building health performance benchmarking at a large scale in the next three to five years.?

?Adoption of resilient, futuristic, and innovative business models?digital transformation-as-a-service, air quality-as-a-service, software-as-a-service, pandemic response-as-a-service, and healthy buildings-as-a-service?will ensure the industry's overall growth, unlocking new revenue streams for market participants. At the same time, collaboration between architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry participants with building management companies will enable customers to unlock the full potential of digital building solutions and present lucrative growth prospects to H&B market players,? Bhaskaran added.

To usher growth opportunities, industry participants should focus on:

Government Regulations and Policies Supporting Digitalisation and Sustainability: As the world recovers from the pandemic, industry participants should offer digital solutions that can sustain economic recovery and manage the larger goal of climate change.

Inclusive and Customised Product Offerings with Recurring Revenue: Companies need to move from standalone, physical offerings with independent transactions to comprehensive and customised offerings with recurring transactions to build a resilient business model.

Increasing Penetration in Critical End-user Verticals for Business Resilience: H&B participants with product and solution offerings should increase penetration in critical end-user segments for continued business operations during challenging times.

Combining Health and Wellness Offerings with Existing Building Solutions: Leading HVAC participants and indoor air quality (IAQ) monitoring companies should have innovative offerings such as IAQ-based ventilation, air quality-as-a-service, etc., to detect particulate matter, monitor indoor CO2 levels, and more.

Digital and Outcome-linked Service Innovations to Power the Global Homes and Buildings Industry, Outlook 2021 is the latest addition to Frost & Sullivan's Energy & Environment research and analyses available through the Frost & Sullivan Leadership Council, which helps organisations identify a continuous flow of growth opportunities to succeed in an unpredictable future.