The two standards will continue to exist as standalone projects, each managed by their respective consortium. The combination of Brick Schema and RealEstateCore comprehensively covers the following domains:
- Building management systems (e.g. HVAC, Access control, Elevator)
- Business administration systems (e.g. CAFM, ERP, Sustainability reporting)
- IoT devices (e.g. Indoor climate, People counting)
- Blueprints (e.g. Building information modeling, DWG)
These integrated, complete standards allow the real estate industry to drive the digital transformation forward in line with expectations from tenants, building owners, and society, achieving the objectives of lowering carbon emissions and contributing to a sustainable smart city. The Brick Schema and RealEstateCore harmonization enables real estate owners and other stakeholders to unlock the value of the data in their buildings, supporting new applications for reducing energy consumption, and interacting with energy sources and grids, enhancing the tenant experience, automated facility management, and more.
The harmonization of the two standards is also being done with an eye towards compatibility with the upcoming ASHRAE 223 standard.
Brick Schema 1.3 and RealEstateCore 4.0 are both targeting a release on August 30, 2022. These releases will include much of the technological foundation necessary to make the harmonization possible while letting each standard preserve backwards compatibility with the previous versions of their respective standards. Full harmonization will occur in future releases of the two standards, which is expected to occur quickly after the August release.