Poll Result

When engineering systems in manufacturing and industrial facilities, what is the most difficult issue you face? Select one.
Automation and controls
38%
  
Energy efficiency, sustainability
25%
  
Codes and standards
19%
  
Electrical and power
6%
  
HVAC
6%
  
Fire and life safety
3%
  

When engineering systems in labs and research facilities, what is the most difficult issue you face? Select one.
Automation and controls
52%
  
HVAC
22%
  
Codes and standards
10%
  
Energy efficiency, sustainability
10%
  
Fire and life safety
5%
  
Electrical and power
0%
  

When engineering systems in stadiums and sports arenas, what is the most difficult issue you face? Select one.
HVAC
29%
  
Fire and life safety
21%
  
Automation and controls
20%
  
Codes and standards
10%
  
Energy efficiency, sustainability
10%
  
Electrical and power
7%
  

When engineering systems in K-12 schools, what is the most difficult issue you face? Select one.
Automation and controls
37%
  
Energy efficiency, sustainability
19%
  
Codes and standards
13%
  
Electrical and power
11%
  
Fire and life safety
9%
  
HVAC
7%
  

When specifying generators or generator systems, what\'s the most difficult issue you face? Select one.
Interoperability and complementing systems
55%
  
Codes and standards changing frequently
15%
  
Inadequate budget for good design
15%
  
Speed of project delivery
6%
  
Energy efficiency
6%
  

When engineering systems in mission critical facilities (hospitals, data centers, etc.), what\'s the most complex issue you face? Select one.
Automation and controls
31%
  
Energy efficiency, sustainability
24%
  
HVAC
20%
  
Electrical and power
8%
  
Codes and standards
8%
  
Fire and life safety
6%
  

When engineering systems in data centers, what\'s the most complex issue you face? Select one.
Energy efficiency, sustainability
45%
  
Codes and standards
20%
  
Automation and controls
14%
  
HVAC
8%
  
Electrical and power
5%
  
Fire and life safety
5%
  

When engineering systems in colleges/universities, what\'s the most complex issue you face? Select one.
Automation and controls
19%
  
Fire and life safety
19%
  
Electrical and power
19%
  
HVAC
17%
  
Energy efficiency, sustainability
14%
  
Codes and standards
11%
  

When considering electrical power management solutions, what’s the biggest challenge you face?
Innovative ideas
32%
  
Energy efficiency
19%
  
Expertise and guidance
14%
  
Design and footprint
10%
  
Reliability
8%
  
Safety
5%
  
Installation support
5%
  
Scalability
3%
  

When engineering systems in hospitals, what\'s the most complex issue you face? Select one.
Codes and standards
40%
  
HVAC
36%
  
Electrical and power
13%
  
Automation and controls
6%
  
Energy efficiency, sustainability
3%
  
Fire and life safety
0%
  

When engineering systems in office buildings, what\'s the most difficult issue you face?
Automation and Controls
50%
  
Codes and Standards
29%
  
HVAC
9%
  
Energy Efficiency, Sustainability
5%
  
Fire and Life Safety
3%
  
Electrical and Power
1%
  

When engineering systems in mixed-use buildings (such as retail/residential), what’s the most difficult issue you face?
Fire and Life Safety
48%
  
Automation and Controls
18%
  
Codes and Standards
14%
  
HVAC
10%
  
Energy Efficiency, Sustainability
5%
  
Electrical and Power
2%
  

Does your firm do any commissioning, retro-commissioning, recommissioning, or test-adjust-balance? Select one.
Recommissioning
57%
  
All of the above
15%
  
Commissioning
10%
  
Retro-commissioning
8%
  
None of the above
4%
  
Test-adjust-balance
3%
  

What percentage of your time is spent commissioning building projects?
75% to 100%
59%
  
0% to 25%
25%
  
51% to 75%
8%
  
26% to 50%
6%
  

If your firm offers energy audits, the number of clients requesting these audits during the past year has:
Decreased
58%
  
Stayed the same
22%
  
Increased
19%
  

When engineering systems in military buildings, what’s the most difficult issue you face?
HVAC
51%
  
Fire and life safety
16%
  
Automation and controls
12%
  
Codes and standards
10%
  
Energy efficiency, sustainability
5%
  
Electrical and power
3%
  

When engineering systems in manufacturing and industrial facilities, what’s the most difficult issue you face?
Codes and standards
26%
  
Energy efficiency, sustainability
23%
  
Automation and controls
18%
  
Fire and life safety
13%
  
HVAC
10%
  
Electrical and power
7%
  

Which source do you use the most to obtain contracts and/or projects? Select one.
Plan and spec, architect
32%
  
Design / build
29%
  
Direct contract with owner
17%
  
Government
8%
  
Plan and spec, general contractor
5%
  
Subcontract from energy service company
5%
  

When engineering systems in labs and research facilities, what’s the most difficult issue you face?
Codes and standards
51%
  
HVAC
16%
  
Energy efficiency, sustainability
15%
  
Automation and controls
7%
  
Electrical and power
4%
  
Fire and life safety
4%
  

When engineering systems in stadiums, sports arenas, and other entertainment venues, what’s the most difficult issue you face?
HVAC
61%
  
Fire and life safety
11%
  
Electrical and power
8%
  
Automation and controls
7%
  
Energy efficiency, sustainability
7%
  
Codes and standards
3%
  

In which aspect of building envelope are you involved the most? Select one.
Vapor barrier
75%
  
HVAC load balancing
14%
  
Insulation
3%
  
R-value, U-value
3%
  
Window glazing
2%
  
Window selection
0%
  
Building orientation
0%
  

What is your outlook on the economy for the next 6 months (through February 2014)? Select the one answer that reflects your outlook on engineering business.
Much worse
40%
  
Better
31%
  
Worse
20%
  
Much better
7%