Smarter Summit 23

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Smarter Summit 23

A pre-AHR summit to explore the advancement of design, specification, procurement, and maintenance of systems for smarter buildings.

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Room B405 - Georgia World Congress Center 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard Northwest Room B401 Atlanta, GA 30313

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  • 4 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

The Coalition for Smarter Buildings (C4SB), in partnership with Monday Live! and other leading BAS industry groups, is organizing a pre-AHR Summit to explore the advancement of technology and business practices in the design, specification, procurement, installation, and maintenance of systems that make buildings smarter.

The Summit is being held on the eve of AHR Expo 2023 as the industry gathers to showcase new technologies, products, and solutions. The networking format of the Summit is designed to provide attendees with the maximum opportunity to compare notes, understand new initiatives, and plan to take action to collectively make commercial buildings smarter.

Motivation & Objectives

  • To connect the many innovations and initiatives happening in the BAS industry
  • Explore industry progress since the last "real" pre-COVID AHR 3 years ago in Orlando
  • To start a movement to adopt new transformative approaches
  • To figure out how we can combine and scale these innovations to smaller buildings
  • Understanding and overcoming barriers to interoperability of building systems
  • Interoperability as the industry’s BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal, a.k.a. the key desired change)

Evidence of a Great Convergence

Using the C4SB Five Pillars of Action, we can clearly show significant evidence that has moved the industry forward in many areas listed below. The Summit intends to explain that these are all related and shows a significant tipping point for the BAS industry to adopt a new approach to make buildings smarter.


  • The creation of the Smarter Stack tool by Monday Live!
  • The growing realization of the benefits of API-first architecture
  • The development and understanding of the Independent Data Layer (IDL)
  • A growing understanding of the promise of Connection Profiles
  • Collective focus on semantic approaches (ASHRAE 223P, Haystack, Brick, REC, etc.)
  • Efforts to align semantic models (Ontology Alignment Project)
  • Work to make BACnet/SC to be both secure and Interoperable
  • The growth and impact of IoT offerings from the incumbent and new players
  • Anticipating the orchestration of dynamic composable and loosely coupled systems


  • The reality that FDD is now a mainstream offering
  • The value of analytics in enabling ESG scoring and reporting
  • The role of analytics to drive Net zero aspiration of buildings
  • The ability to leverage analytics for Carbon Accounting
  • Availability of the Div2525 open analytics specs
  • As an Enabler to manage electricity demand using GEB
  • The growth and anticipation of next-generation analytics using AI/ML


  • The creation of the Div2525 Guideline Framework
  • Specification work on OT Cybersecurity (collaboration of Div2525 and BCS)
  • The creation of a “Good API” Framework from the Div2525 project
  • The BACnet Manufacturers’ Guide to ensure secure interoperable BACnet products
  • Update to ASHRAE Guideline 13
  • Release and development of the DOE/LBNL GEB
  • Work on the CNS/CP specification for Connection Profiles


  • The emergence of Construction-Operation Hybrid Contract (Lifecycle focused contract)
  • BCS Cybersecurity Framework (risk management)
  • Div2525 Interoperability Vision for owners
  • The value of the Single Pane of Glass (SPOG) as the operator/owner integrated view
  • The acceptance of Digital Twins (interoperable cloud representation)
  • Owners expressing new needs


  • ASP’s federal/state-supported strategic workforce road mapping for the industry
  • ETA (Emerging Technology Apprenticeship) 501c3 non-profit industry school
  • Nexus cohorts, bringing a new generation of workforce into the industry
  • Stacks & Jules nonprofit project-based learning program
  • SBA online training and skill assessment

Cross-cutting Elements

  • ESG awareness and priority
  • Significant increase in Cybersecurity awareness
  • Community building
  • Smart Cities as a collection of buildings
  • Showcases


The evidence of the initiatives listed above that we are witnessing daily represents a broad swath of areas and disciplines, from core technologies to business practices and global trends. They each impact making buildings smarter, but in combination, they collectively present an opportunity to rethink the application of technology for commercial buildings going forward.

The Summit is organized to identify and connect these initiatives, and socialize ways that the industry can best rethink and collaborate to maximize their collective benefit for building owners, vendors and the many stakeholders involved in designing, implementing and operating smarter buildings.

2:30 Doors Open - Networking

Masters of Ceremonies: Marc Petock and Monika Davis

3:00 Keynote: The Quest for Smarter Systems

Smart Systems expert Glen Allmendinger from Harbor Research will open the Summit to outline the observation of the commercial building industry over the past 20 years. Glen will illustrate how megatrends are rapidly shaping the future of complex systems such as smarter buildings.

Speakers: Glen Allmendinger, Rick Justis, and Anto Budiardjo

3:15 Changing Landscape: Understanding Owners Needs

Tapping into insights gained from building owners of all types and sizes, a moderated panel of industry observers will paint a picture of building owners' wants and needs. Key to this analysis is uncovering that going forward, owners want flexibility in how they procure systems, focusing intently on sustainability and operation benefits, not just first costs.

Speakers: Rick Justis, Anno Scholten, James Dice, Rosy Khalife, and Andrew Rodgers

3:45 Discussion & Networking

4:00 Driving Change: Industry Initiatives

A moderated panel of experts will enumerate key industry initiatives and how together, they compound the tools and technologies available for the industry to make a leap forward to more easily develop, specify, deliver, operate, and maintain technology that make commercial buildings smarter for the benefit of their owner and operators.

Speakers: Anto Budiardjo, Tracy Markie, Anno Scholten, James Lee, Rick Justis, and Melissa Boutwell

4:30 Discussion & Networking

4:45 Smarter Delivery: Specifying and Procuring Smarter Buildings

With a new understanding of owners’ needs and the industry’s capabilities, a panel discusses how the industry will collaboratively deliver smarter composable solutions addressing owners’ needs at scale. Key to this are open-source tools for owners to specify their requirements and new ways for the industry to present a more holistic value proposition for the role of information systems in both the construction and operation phases of smarter buildings.

Speakers: Anto Budiardjo, Rick Justis, Ron Bernstein, Peter Scanlon, Michael MacMahon, Tracy Markie, and Tristan de Frondeville

5:15 Discussion & Networking

5:30 Call to Action: How The Industry can Collaborate to Deliver Greater Value

Leading Smart Systems thinker Glen Allmendinger from Harbor Research will wrap up the Smarter Summit with a call to action for industry players to focus on the prize of reimagining the BAS industry as a leading and growing force for sustainable and smarter buildings.

Speakers: Glen Allmendinger, Rick Justis, and Anto Budiardjo

6:00 Networking Reception

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