Johnson Controls unveils Global Energy Efficiency survey results
Over 75 Percent of organizations surveyed plan to increase energy efficiency and HVAC equipment investments in 2020.
By Megan Hoegler
Johnson Controls has released its 2019 Global Energy Efficiency Indicator survey results.
The results, released Feb. 4, found that 75 per cent of surveyed organizations plan to increase their investment in energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart building technology, a 16 per cent increase from the previous year’s survey.
The study surveyed 400 energy and facility management executives in the United States to better understand current and planned investments, key drivers and technology trends supporting smart and sustainable buildings. Over half of participants believed that reducing energy costs, increasing energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are critical factors to consider when making investments. In addition to these drivers, 87 per cent of organizations indicated that resilience is very or extremely important when considering future energy and building infrastructure investments.
“This is the largest annual increase in planned investment in over a decade,” said Clay Nesler, vice president of global sustainability and regulatory affairs for Johnson Controls, in a company release. “Investment in smart and sustainable building technologies not only addresses urgent climate challenges but also improves comfort, health, safety and affordability for building occupants and communities.”
Traditional energy efficiency measures top the list of future investments with over two-thirds planning to invest in energy education programs, HVAC equipment and building controls improvements. Despite the common perception that building owners typically run building systems to failure, 42 per cent of organizations updated building controls and 36 per cent replaced HVAC equipment before end-of-life last year.
The survey also indicates a rising trend towards green and zero carbon buildings; 85 per cent of organizations surveyed plan to have at least one certified green building compared with 72 per cent last year, while 62 per cent are willing to pay a premium for space in a certified green building. Over 60 per cent of organizations surveyed invested in on-site renewable energy in 2019, while 34 percent of organizations invested in the replacement of fossil fuel heating equipment with heat pump technology.
2019 Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey results