CABA unveiled its intelligent building ranking tool: the Building Intelligence Quotient (BIQ). The BIQ ranking tool has three functions. It serves as: i) a means to evaluate and measure the "value" of intelligent building performance; ii) a design guide for integration of building intelligence in new building projects; and iii) a building automation retrofit action plan tool.
"The Building Intelligence Quotient
is designed to paint a clear picture of your building intelligence performance
against best practices for design, installation and operation," states
Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA president and CEO. "It gives practical advice for
improvements, offers resources for making the upgrades, and provides additional
information on relevant strategies and technologies."
The tool allows property owners and managers
to rate a building's intelligence and provides design guidance to ensure that
all relevant issues are considered when making a choice of subsystems and their
level of integration. Owners and developers with multiple properties can also
use the BIQ tool to assess and compare the building intelligence systems in
In addition, as more and more buildings
are BIQ verified, point scores will be aggregated in an anonymous database,
enabling users to analyze how their building intelligence design performs in
relation both to the median and to buildings that are similar in terms, type
Because the assessment is completely
online, owners and managers have the ability to change input up to a year, with
an option to extend. This allows users to keep their assessment up-to-date as
the building intelligence changes through the project delivery stages as
buildings are retrofitted.
Building intelligence results in higher
building value, improved comfort, security, flexibility and reliability while
reducing costs and increasing productivity. Lower costs and higher property and
lease values can result in aggressive return on investments and clear
justifications for making buildings more intelligent.
The modular assessment will initially generate
a report that will provide benchmark rankings as well as recommendations for
improvements in the following categories: communication systems; building
automation; annunciation, security and control systems; facility management
applications; and building structure and systems.
The ranking tool is available atwww.caba.org/biq.