HVAC controls in Europe

Published:  17 June, 2009

DUBLIN: The HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) controls market is mature across most of western Europe and is a slow growth market. Decline in construction activity ensures high price competition in most markets and presents a serious challenge to non-residential HVAC controls manufacturers, but according to new research by Frost & Sullivan, the growth of system houses for distribution and integration to accommodate multiple open protocols will enhance the demand and growth of this market in the long term. 

The research comes in a report entitled European Non-residential HVAC Controls Markets - A Growing Emphasis on Open Protocols and System Houses.

"System house distribution is a major factor that will drive the market in the long run," notes the analyst of this research. "Manufacturers should focus their strategic efforts on integrating protocols and networking of HVAC controls products while providing HVAC services in buildings."

The switch to partner channels or system houses has gained prominence as manufacturers have started to understand the benefits of sharing not just costs but also risks and profits along with the knowledge of running the business. Moreover, such an approach has facilitated entry into foreign territories.

The widening variety of protocols and technologies is intensifying pressure on manufacturers to innovate and provide an effective and economical package of controls and software, using multiple protocols. Standardisation for open protocols will impose restrictions on manufacturers, thereby curbing technology innovation and reducing their brand and technology exclusivity in the market. "From a technology perspective, open protocols seem to be preferred across Europe due the flexibility they provide in terms of the integration and networking of various HVAC systems," states the analyst of this research. "Consequently, programmable and configurable (pre-programmed) controls are generally used more widely in HVAC building installations in the commercial and industrial segments."

Companies able to ensure product ease-of-use and adaptability with diverse open protocols are well positioned to succeed. Moreover, after-sales is an inevitable and important criterion in buyers' decision making. Hence, this is an area on which manufacturers need to place greater emphasis. "Manufacturers have started to innovate and ensure adaptability in terms of product design and usage to accommodate multiple protocols within a network," concludes the analyst of this research. "BACnet and Lon Works technology are becoming increasingly popular among companies."

The following technologies are covered in this research:

 

  • Programmable Controls
  • Configurable Controls
  • Stand-alone controls
  • BACnet and Lon Works

 

Key Topics Covered:

 

  • Executive Summary
  • Total European HVAC Controls Markets
  • Total European Market Forecasts
  • Programmable & Configurable Controls Markets
  • Stand-alone Controls Markets

 

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