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Johnson Controls releases 2020 Energy Efficiency Indicator Study

The 14th edition of the Energy Efficiency Indicator study surveyed 150 commercial, institutional and industrial facility executives in September 2020. The COVID-19 pulse survey included questions on coronavirus-related improvements, investments and impacts.

The key indicators of this report are as follows:

With the pandemic, facility managers have new concerns about building health, changing their motivation for building investments. Increasing building flexibility to respond to coronavirus and other emergency conditions was second in priority only to cost savings in driving investment during the pandemic.

Improving occupant health and safety while reducing energy costs during both pandemic and ‘new normal’ occupancy conditions are also high priorities for these organisations. The percentage of organisations saying that improving occupant health and wellness was an extremely or very important driver of investment increased from 62% to 74% in 2020, with 85% saying energy cost savings was an extremely or very important driver of investment.

Air treatments and ventilation represent top Covid-19 building investments. Industry, trade and public health organisations have recommended various changes to indoor spaces to help control the spread of the virus. In addition to increasing work schedule flexibility and reducing occupancy density, more than half of organisations have performed indoor air quality assessments, introduced elevated temperature scanning systems, and increased air filtration.

Covid-19 did not significantly reduce building energy consumption, despite less occupancy. Increasing outdoor air ventilation and air filtration can significantly increase energy use depending on building type and locations. This creates real potential for energy efficiency. During the pandemic, less than 10% of organisations had experienced an energy use reduction of greater than 20% despite significantly reduced building occupancy.

  • 81% said increasing the flexibility of facilities to quickly respond to a variety of emergency conditions (for example, pandemic, natural disaster) was extremely or very important as a driver of investment.
  • 63% said protecting the health and safety of building occupants during the coronavirus pandemic was extremely or very important as a driver of investment.
  • More than 60% plan to install air treatment solutions, increase outdoor ventilation, and recommission building systems and equipment.
  • 20% of organisations used economic stimulus and recovery funds to pay for building improvements.