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2015 Electrical and Power Study: Seven key findings for the electrical, power industries

Respondents to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Electrical and Power Study identified seven high-level findings impacting the electrical and power industries today.

By Amanda Pelliccione, Consulting-Specifying Engineer May 26, 2015

Respondents to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Electrical and Power Study identified seven high-level findings impacting the electrical and power industries today:

  1. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer, CFE MediaElectrical, power revenue: The average engineering firm specifies about $3.1 million annually for electrical and power systems in new and existing building projects, up 2.5% from 2014.
    • Forty-two percent of last year’s design revenue was spent on new construction projects; 35% on retrofit/renovation; 13% on maintenance/operation; and 7% on commissioning/retro-commissioning.
  2. Systems specified: Eighty-two percent of engineers currently specify electrical distribution and/or circuit breakers, fuses, or similar electrical or power systems/equipment.
  3. Selection involvement: Seventy-seven percent of respondents are responsible for determining requirements/writing specifications for electrical or power systems. Another 69% research and evaluate options, while 66% supervise or consult on the project.
  4. Specifications: Twenty-seven percent of respondents always use performance electrical or power specifications issued by their firm, and another 49% frequently use these specifications.
  5. Building structures: The top three building types for which respondents specify, design, or make electrical or power product selections are industrial/manufacturing facilities/warehouses (64%), office buildings (63%), and educational facilities (47%).
  6. Design factors: Ninety-nine percent of engineers agree that product quality is the most important factor to their specification of electrical and power systems over another, followed by manufacturer’s reputation (93%), technical advantage (92%), and previous experience with manufacturer (92%).
  7. Top challenges: Eight in 10 engineers agree that an inadequate budget and project delivery speed are fairly difficult challenges that they are currently facing in electrical or power systems and design.

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Other interesting research news:

66% of engineers have observed a big change in designing or specifying HVAC systems with regard to energy efficiency. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2014 HVAC and Building Automation Systems Study

7 in 10 engineers expect to specify detection equipment and/or smoke detection, control systems, and dampers within the next 12 months. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Fire & Life Safety Study

$8.5 million: Average annual MEP/FP design revenue earned by firms specifying electrical or power systems, an increase of 3.8% since 2014. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Electrical & Power Study

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Consulting-Specifying Engineer surveys its audience on four topics each year: fire and life safety; electrical and power; lighting and lighting controls; and HVAC and building automation systems. All of the reports are available online at