The author talks about the problems with controls for performance (a.k.a. sustainable) buildings. I have seen it again in a number of most recent buildings with very high claims. The author calls for a disruptive technology. Perhaps, the solution is not in the disruptive technology, but in simpler, intuitive design and applying principles of systems architecture throughout conceive-design-implement-operate-evolve cycle.
One thing is clear: performance building has to be simpler and smarter.