Eight trends in HVAC, BAS
Respondents to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 HVAC and Building Automation Systems (BAS) Study identified eight high-level findings.
Respondents to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 HVAC and Building Automation Systems (BAS) Study identified eight high-level findings:
- Building structures: More than half of mechanical engineers specify product selections for office buildings, industrial/manufacturing facilities/warehouses, educational facilities, and government buildings/military facilities.
- Selection involvement: Seventy-four percent of respondents determine requirements/write specifications for HVAC systems, equipment, and controls.
- Design value: Engineering firms are annually specifying $2.4 million, on average, in HVAC and BAS products for new and existing buildings, with 27% specifying more than $5.0 million.
- HVAC challenges: At least half of respondents agree that energy efficiency and an inadequate budget for good design are affecting the future of HVAC systems.
- BAS challenges: Two-thirds of engineers reported interoperability and complementing systems as a top challenge when designing BAS, followed closely by an inadequate budget.
- Products specified: Fans and air movement, air handlers, and rooftop units were the top three HVAC equipment types or control systems currently being specified by mechanical engineers.
- Sources of design revenue: Seven out of 10 respondents cited fans and air movement, pumps and pumping systems, and air handlers as having generated design revenue for their firms within the past year.
- Time spent researching: The average mechanical engineer spends 32% of their billable hours/time at work researching and/or specifying HVAC systems and BAS.
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