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Electrical & Power Study

Five electrical, power system findings
By Amanda Pelliccione November 22, 2019
Twenty-eight percent of respondents always write performance electrical or power specifications, and another 45% frequently write this type of specification. Courtesy: Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Respondents to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2019 Electrical & Power Study identified several high-level findings impacting the electrical and power industries today: 

  1. Electrical, power revenue: The average engineering firm specifies about $3.6 million annually for electrical and power systems in new and existing buildings, up 21% over 2018 data. 
  2. Systems specified: Eight in 10 engineers currently specify circuit breakers, fuses, etc.; cable, wire, etc.; and cable management, raceways, busways, etc. 
  3. Selection involvement: Ninety-two percent of respondents are responsible for determining the requirements/writing specifications for electrical or power systems. Another 69% research and evaluate options, while 68% recommend the brand and 64% supervise or consult on projects. 
  4. Design factors: Ninety-nine percent of engineers agree that product quality is the most important factor to their specification of one electrical or power system over another, followed by manufacturer’s reputation (88%), previous experience with a manufacturer (88%), design support offerings (87%) and technical advantage (87%). 
  5. Top challenges: Eighty-four percent of engineers agree that an inadequate budget for high-quality design is a difficult challenge affecting the future of electrical and power systems, engineers, and/or the industry; other top challenges include speed of project delivery (77%) and the subjective interpretation of regulations by code authorities (70%). 

Thirty-seven percent of engineers are challenged with designing more integrated lighting systems, such as IPD or EPC. Courtesy: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2019 Lighting & Lighting Controls Study.

 of engineers report building owners to have the most input/impact on HVAC and controls system design. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2019 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study 

6 in 10 engineers expect to see an increase in intelligent detectors and network and intelligent fire alarm control panels in future projects. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2019 Fire & Life Safety Study 

47% of engineers have recently observed and been affected by changes to alternative energy/renewable systems and electrical and power codes and standards. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2019 Electrical & Power Study 

Twenty-eight percent of respondents always write performance electrical or power specifications, and another 45% frequently write this type of specification. Courtesy: Consulting-Specifying Engineer


Access more electrical and power trends at www.csemag.com/research. Amanda Pelliccione is the research director at CFE Media. 

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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.