Electrical, Power

Electrical, power systems in office buildings

More than half of engineers who responded to the 2016 Electrical & Power Study make product selections for office buildings.
By Amanda Pelliccione November 27, 2017
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 Engineer

The 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.
  5. 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.

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Amanda Pelliccione
Author Bio: Amanda is the Research Director and Project Manager of Awards Programs for CFE Media and its publications.