HVAC, BAS in research facilities

Forty-four percent of respondents to the 2017 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study make product selections for research facilities/laboratories.

By Amanda Pelliccione November 13, 2018

According to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2017 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study, 44% of engineers specify, design, or select products for research facilities/laboratories—and 78% of these engineers are responsible for determining the requirements/writing specifications for these projects. Below are five HVAC and BAS findings as they relate to research facility projects:

  1. Design value: Engineering firms are specifying $3.3 million annually, on average, in HVAC and BAS products for new and existing research facilities, with 33% specifying more than $5 million. The top revenue-generating systems include fans, air movement products, air handlers, pumps, pumping systems, and BAS.
  2. HVAC challenges: More than half of respondents agree that energy efficiency and an inadequate budget for good design are affecting the future of HVAC systems in research facilities.
  3. BAS challenges: The top challenge when designing BAS for research facilities is interoperability and complementing systems, followed by inadequate budget and cybersecurity/security.
  4. Products specified: HVAC controls (80%), air handlers (76%), and rooftop units (73%) are the top three HVAC equipment types or control systems being specified into research facility projects.
  5. Looking ahead: More than 65% of engineers expect to see an increase in research facility projects involving dedicated outdoor air systems and/or energy recovery systems.

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