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2019 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study

Five HVAC, BAS survey findings
By Amanda Pelliccione February 28, 2019
Eighty-seven percent of engineers agree that an inadequate budget for high-quality design is a difficult challenge affecting the future of HVAC systems or BAS, engineers, and/or the industry; other top challenges include speed of project delivery (73%) and energy consumption and operating cost (69%). Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer

According to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2019 HVAC & Building Automation Systems (BAS) Study, 77% of the respondents determine the requirements/write the specifications for HVAC systems, equipment, and controls when included on projects; 72% research and evaluate the options, and 69% supervise or consult on projects. Below are five additional survey findings:

  1. Building structures: The top building types for which respondents specify, design, or make product selections are office buildings, college/university buildings, hospitals/health care facilities, and industrial/manufacturing facilities/warehouses.
  2. HVAC, BAS revenue: The average engineering firm specifies about $2.6 million annually for HVAC and building automation/control products in new and existing buildings, up 2.2% over 2017 data.
  3. Systems specified: Seven in 10 engineers currently specify HVAC controls, fans and air movement, and air handlers. Engineers expect to specify more commissioning and demand-controlled ventilation systems over the next year.
  4. Specifications: Of the total HVAC and controls specifications issues by respondents’ firms, 39% always write performance specifications and 21% always write prescriptive specifications.
  5. Design factors: Ninety-six percent of engineers agree that product quality is the most important factor to their specification of one HVAC product over another, followed by energy efficiency (91%), design support (90%), and service support (89%).

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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.