Strategic Focus: The Role Of Master Systems Integrators In Long-Term Building Decarbonization

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Executive Summary

Master systems integrators (MSIs) and smart building consultants offer services across the real estate life cycle, from defining end-goals and developing technical requirements to integrating systems and ensuring a smooth handover process. This report provides real estate professionals with an understanding of the role these service providers play in long-term building decarbonization planning. Our research finds that MSIs and consultants help executives adopt a holistic approach to decarbonization, and assist them in accessing building data for analysis, amongst other services. This report concludes by outlining four key questions firms should ask when selecting a service provider.

Table of contents

Master systems integrators (MSIs) and consultants are well-placed to assist with decarbonization planning
MSIs and consultants offer a range of services across the life cycle of a building
Systems integrators help real estate executives take a holistic approach to building decarbonization
Four questions firms should ask MSIs to evaluate their credibility

Table of figures

Figure 1. Key differences between MSIs and smart building consultants
Figure 2. Activities performed by MSIs and consultants across lifecycle stages
Figure 3. Pain points faced by real estate executives when planning for decarbonization

About the authors

Joy Trinquet

Senior Analyst
Joy is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix Smart Buildings practice. Her current research agenda focuses on integrated workplace management systems/connected portfolio intelligence platforms (IWMS/CPIP), building systems integrators, and space and workplace management solutions. Joy joined Verdantix in 2019, having previously worked at BNP Paribas Asset Management as a business development intern. She earned a BA degree in Economics with a concentration on policy, as well as dual minors in computer science and business studies, from New York University.

Claire Stephens

Research Director, Smart Buildings
Claire Stephens is Research Director of the Smart Buildings team. With 18 years of experience in the sector, Claire is recognized as an expert in industries that make up the built environment, in particular, corporate and commercial real estate, and workplace and sustainability technologies. At Verdantix, Claire will be digging into building technology for building owners, occupiers and investors, focusing on how to support them in reaching their ESG objectives. Prior to her arrival at Verdantix, Claire launched Asia’s first corporate real estate, green building and building technology publications. She has also delivered full lifecycle real estate consultancy services covering a broad range of asset types in industries including financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, technology, consumer goods, media, retail and hospitality.

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