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Technavio Expects Green Building Practices to Drive the Gulf Cooperation Council Home Automation Market Through 2020

According to the latest research study released by Technavio, the GCC home automation market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 15% until 2020.

“In 2015, the annual per capita energy consumption in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations accounted around 11.5 MWh, which is much higher than other developed economies such as France, Japan, Italy, the UK, and Germany. Therefore, governments in the region have called for conservative strategies in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings to resolve the growing power crisis,” said Bharath Kumar, one of Technavio’s lead analysts for automation research.

“Since 2012, the GCC region has fervently adopted green building policies to conserve energy. Most constructions in the GCC are now LEED registered. In addition, GCC nations have devised some of the finest green building rating systems, which have become mandatory for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings,” added Bharath.

GCC home automation market by solutions 2015

Lighting controls 69.91%
Security and access control 12.47%
HVAC control 19.80%
Fire and safety control 9.53%
Services 35.14%

Top three segments of the GCC home automation market:

Lighting controls
Security and access control
HVAC control
Lighting controls market in GCC: largest revenue contributor

The lighting controls market in the GCC was valued at over USD 186 million in 2015. Lighting control is a centralized control that is used to achieve energy efficiency in indoor and outdoor spaces. Lighting control systems save a minimum of 4%-9% in energy consumption, and provide a comfortable visual environment that is well-suited for end-users along with pre-set control features. The use of such control helps satisfy green building regulations, LEED, and other mandatory construction, energy conservation, and carbon emission policies followed in the GCC.

Popularity of automated lighting is driven by the system’s ability to enhance the life span and energy efficiency of incandescent lights, LED, and CFL bulbs. Light controls are also finding application in retrofit projects, whereby renovation is achieved without the risk of and damage to the building architecture.

HVAC controls market in GCC: second largest revenue contributor

The HVAC controls market in the GCC was valued at over USD 160 million in 2015. HVAC systems control and regulate a building’s indoor environment, and optimize power consumption at minimal expenditure. Several international vendors, such as Honeywell International, Schneider Electric, and Johnson Controls offer superior-quality HVAC controls.

In 2015, Qatar’s average household electricity consumption was 34,210 kWh per year, which is the highest worldwide. Air-conditioning systems accounted for 75% of energy bills in the region, as commercial buildings and residential complexes in the region continued using air-conditioning systems 24 hours a day for coping with extreme fluctuating humidity ranging from 40%-70% and average high temperature exceeding 110°F. These factors are encouraging the widespread adoption of HVAC controls among homeowners in the GCC to minimize power wastage.

Security and access controls market in GCC

The security and access control market in the GCC was valued at over USD 100 million in 2015. The region is experiencing a rise in petty crime rate, especially targeting residential homes that belong to western expatriates. In 2014, Kuwait experienced crimes in expat neighborhoods, motivated mainly by financial gain. Similarly, in 2014, Oman experienced a rise in residential break-ins in the expats community in the Medinath Qaboos area. In 2015, a Chinese gang was arrested on charges of residential theft across various emirates in the UAE. Over seventy such cases were reported in the UAE the same year. These instances have raised awareness among citizens and expats and are anticipated to drive scale adoption of automated home security and access control systems in the GCC during the forecast period.

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