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HVAC, BAS in office buildings

Seventy-one percent of engineers who responded to the 2017 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study make product selections for office buildings.
By Amanda Pelliccione August 14, 2018
Six in 10 engineers are expecting to see an increased popularity of energy recovery and demand-controlled ventilation systems in future office building projects. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer

According to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2017 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study, 71% of engineers specify, design, or select products for office buildings-and 75% 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 office building projects:

  1. Design value: Engineering firms are specifying $2.6 million annually, on average, in HVAC and BAS products for new and existing hospitals and health care facilities, with 25% specifying more than $5 million. The top revenue-generating systems include fans, air movement products, air handlers, and rooftop units.
  2. HVAC challenges: More than half of respondents agree that energy efficiency and an inadequate budget for a good design are affecting the future of HVAC systems in office buildings.
  3. BAS challenges: The top challenge when designing BAS for office buildings is interoperability and complementing systems, followed by insufficient budget and cybersecurity/security concerns.
  4. Products specified: Fans/air movement (73%), HVAC controls (73%), and air handlers (71%) are the top three HVAC equipment types or control systems being specified into office building projects.
  5. Specifications: For office buildings, performance or prescriptive HVAC and controls specifications are written 75% of the time, followed by open: proprietary (57%) and open: alternate or substitute (56%).

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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.