A whopping 85 percent of building owners and operators worldwide depend on energy management to drive their facilities’ operational efficiency, up 34 points in the last two years, according to a Johnson Controls survey.
The 2012 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator, a global survey of 3,500 building owners and operators, also found about 46 percent of respondents in the US and Canada plan to increase spending on energy efficiency improvements in the next year.
Energy cost savings and financial incentives are leading the shift towards investment in efficiency improvements, Johnson Controls said.
Nearly one-third of respondents said tax credits, incentives and rebates have the greatest impact on increasing investment in energy efficiency, according to the survey, which was released at the 23rd annual North American Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington D.C.
That figure jumps to 42 percent in the US, where building owners need to address aging and inefficient buildings, Johnson Controls said.
Nearly 75 percent of commercial buildings in the US are more than 20 years old and are ready for energy improvements, said Dave Myers, president of Johnson Controls’ building efficiency division.
Developing countries are setting the pace of investment with 81 percent of respondents in China and 74 percent in India indicating plans to increase investments in energy efficiency or renewable energy, the survey said.
Of those surveyed, 96 percent said they have implemented at least one building efficiency improvement, led by lighting, heating and air conditioning equipment and controls, and water efficiency.
More than half of respondents say the desire to improve their public image and increase the value of their buildings also has spurred interest in energy management, Johnson Controls said.
Earlier this month, Johnson Controls launched a free report designed to help governments improve the air quality and efficiency of commercial buildings, while saving companies money and helping them reduce carbon emissions. Driving Transformation to Energy Efficient Buildings: Policies and Action provides a framework governments can follow to help increase the rate of energy efficiency improvement in buildings.