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04/26/2010

New Research Predicts a Rebound in Energy-Efficiency Spending

Following a decline last year, 52 percent of North American executives and managers are planning to make capital investments in energy efficiency this year

 
New Research Predicts a Rebound in Energy-Efficiency Spending

Those looking for signs that the U.S. economy is rebounding can find encouragement in the fourth annual Energy Efficiency Indicator, which was released by Johnson Controls.

A survey of more than 1,400 North American executives and managers responsible for making investments and managing energy in commercial buildings found that planned investment in energy efficiency is expected to rebound in 2010. Following a decline last year, the survey found that 52 percent (up from 46 percent) are planning to make capital investments in energy efficiency, and 60 percent are planning (up from 55 percent) to make operating budget expenditures in efficiency programs over the next 12 months. A significant number of the business leaders surveyed (38 percent), however, said that the largest barrier to making energy-efficiency investments is limited capital availability.

According to this year’s survey, 65 percent of business leaders say they are paying more attention to energy efficiency than they were 1 year ago; 84 percent of respondents say that energy efficiency is a priority for new construction and retrofit projects planned for this year.

The most important factor influencing energy-efficiency decisions is energy cost savings, with 97 percent of respondents identifying it as significant. Sixty-four percent expect energy prices to rise in 2010. Overall, the average expectation of respondents is a seven percent increase in the combined price of energy over the next 12 months.

The next most important factors influencing energy-efficiency decisions are enhanced public image (63 percent), government and utility incentives (62 percent), and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions (62 percent). This climate concern is growing in importance, up from 57 percent that considered greenhouse-gas reduction a significant factor in 2009.

Seventy-five percent of decision-makers believe that significant legislation mandating energy efficiency and/or carbon reduction is likely within the next 2 years, compared to 85 percent in 2009 and 76 percent in 2008.

When asked what specific energy-efficiency improvements have been implemented over the past 12 months, the most popular are those with low capital cost and/or a rapid return on investment. The survey shows that 72 percent switched to energy-efficient lighting; 63 percent trained facilities staff; 61 percent educated building occupants to save energy; 56 percent made set point adjustments; 40 percent installed occupancy or daylight sensors; and 33 percent upgraded building controls 

Executives were also asked this year to predict what energy-related technologies would see the greatest improvement in performance-to-price ratio over the next 10 years. The top picks were lighting (51 percent), smart building technology (44 percent), solar PV (38 percent), electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles (28 percent), and nuclear power (22 percent).

To access the Energy Efficiency Indicator press kit, visit the media center at www.johnsoncontrols.com.

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
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Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

 


 
09/16/2014

The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

Researchers have developed a new process to help cloud computing systems use less energy while continuing to provide high levels of data services.

09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

08/29/2014

New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

08/28/2014

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08/27/2014

Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

08/26/2014

A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

08/25/2014

Policies designed to reduce carbon emissions have the added benefit of increasing air quality, which could pay for the reduction policies themselves. 

08/22/2014

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is as transparent as glass. 

08/21/2014

The Department of Energy has released two reports which indicate wind turbine installations and efficiency is growing while prices drop. 

08/20/2014

The NHL has partnered with the NRDC to release their first sustainability report. 

08/19/2014

A new battery has been developed that is free of toxic materials and longer lasting than its more expensive competitors.

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