> IN THE REALM OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, investment
is a strong barometer of momentum. According to one recent
study, investment in building energy efficiency points to rapidly
growing momentum in the field.
In June, Johnson Controls released its 2016 Energy
Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey of more than 1,200 facility
and energy management executives in the United States, Brazil,
China, Germany and India. According to the survey, interest and
investment in energy efficiency are at an all-time high.
Fifty percent of respondents said their organizations are
paying more attention to energy efficiency today than they
did a year ago. Seventy-two percent anticipate increased
investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy over
the next 12 months. The number was roughly half that in the
same survey three years ago.
A number of factors contributed to this growing interest,
including cost-savings, energy security, customer and employee
attraction, greenhouse-gas reduction, enhanced reputation,
government policy and investor expectations.
Various other findings of the survey reveal that interest
and investment in efficiency is broad-based and diverse. For
example, efficiency measures implemented last year included
heating, ventilating and air conditioning improvements;
energy-education programs; building-controls upgrades;
building-systems integration; on-site renewable energy; and
Seventy-eight percent of global organizations have already
certified, or plan to certify, at least one green building, compared
to 51 percent in 2010. Furthermore, 42 percent of organizations
are willing to pay a premium to lease space in a certified green
building, and 80 percent plan to achieve nearly zero, net zero or
positive energy status for at least one of their facilities.
Resiliency also appears to be a strong consideration in
efficiency investments, with 82 percent of organizations
reporting that the ability to maintain critical operations during
severe weather events or extended power outages is very or
extremely important when considering future infrastructure
investments. Sixty-two percent said they are very or extremely
likely to have one or more facilities able to operate off the grid
in the next 10 years.
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