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2020 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study

Five of the latest findings from the HVAC & Building Automation Systems report
By Amanda Pelliccione January 10, 2020
More than half of engineers reported mechanical engineers or owners as having the most input and impact on HVAC and controls systems design. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2020 HVAC Systems & BAS Study

Seventy percent of respondents to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2020 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study determine the requirements/write the specifications for HVAC systems, equipment and controls when included on projects; 64% supervise or consult on projects and 58% research and evaluate the options. Below are five additional survey findings:

  1. HVAC, BAS revenue: The average engineering firm specifies about $2.5 million annually for HVAC and building automation/control products in new and existing buildings.
  2. Systems specified: Seven in 10 engineers currently specify HVAC controls, fans and air movement and pumps and pumping systems. Engineers expect to specify more chillers and cooling towers, BAS, dedicated outdoor air systems, energy recovery systems and HVAC controls over the next year.
  3. Technologies in demand: More than 60% of engineers anticipate an increase in projects involving BAS and HVAC controls in the near future. Other technologies and services on the rise include energy recovery systems, variable refrigerant flow systems, commissioning (at any level) and demand-controlled ventilation systems.
  4. Design factors: Ninety-seven percent of engineers agree that product quality is the most important factor to their specification of one HVAC product over another, followed by service support (92%), energy efficiency (92%) and the manufacturer’s reputation (92%).
  5. Building types: The top building types for which respondents specify, design or make product selections are office buildings, hospitals/health care facilities, industrial/manufacturing facilities/warehouses. and college/university buildings.

The 2020 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study is sponsored by SPX Cooling Technologies; access the full study here. View additional research from Consulting-Specifying Engineer: www.csemag.com/research


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