2016 Electrical & Power Study

Electrical, power systems in office buildings
By Consulting-Specifying Engineer November 27, 2017

Figure 2: When working on electrical or power systems for office buildings, engineers are having the most difficulty with insufficient budgets for high-quality designs and meeting a client’s expected delivery date. Source: Consulting-Specifying EngineerThe Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Electrical & Power Study indicated that 56% of engineers specify, design, or make product selections for office buildings—and seven in 10 of these engineers are responsible for researching and evaluating the options for these projects. Below are five electrical and power system findings as they relate to office building projects:

1. Revenue: The average firm earns $2.9 million, annually from electrical or power systems specified into new and existing office buildings, with 31% bringing in more than $5 million each year from these projects.

2. Systems specified: The top five electrical or power systems or equipment being specified into office buildings are circuit breakers, fuses, etc. (82%); emergency and standby power (81%); electrical distribution (81%); transformers (80%); and transfer switches, etc. (77%).

3. Specifications: Engineers are most frequently issuing performance electrical or power system specifications (77%) for office building projects, followed by prescriptive specifications (69%).

4. Future concerns: Budget/cost (26%), lack of a skilled workforce (20%), and energy efficiency (15%) are the top concerns among engineers regarding electrical or power systems designed for future office building projects.

Figure 1: Twenty-nine percent of engineers always write performance specifications for the lighting projects they are involved with. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2017 Lighting & Lighting Controls Study5. Comparing systems: Overall quality is highly important when selecting an electrical or power system for an office building; engineers are also looking for energy efficiency, technical advantage, superior service support, and product warranty for these systems.

View more information at www.csemag.com/2016ElectricalPower. Amanda Pelliccione is the research director at CFE Media.

37%: Average percentage of engineers’ billable hours that is spent researching/specifying HVAC systems and BAS. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2017 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study

55: The average age of a fire protection engineer; 14% are 40 years old or younger. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Fire & Life Safety Study

¾ of engineers determine the requirements and/or write specifications for electrical or power system projects. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Electrical & Power Study

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