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November 29, 2011

2007 – 2009 EEI: Introduction to Energy Efficiency Indicator

To effectively accelerate investment in the transformation to a more energy efficient and sustainable built environment, it is critical for the Institute for Building Efficiency to keep a pulse on the true priorities, practices, and challenges encountered by practitioners and decision-makers on the ground.

What are the attitudes, priorities and concerns of people at the front lines of energy management in commercial buildings throughout the world? What changes and trends in these indicators can be observed over time? And how do motivating factors, priorities, policies, and practices differ from one region of the world to another? The annual Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) is designed to answer these very questions.


Launched by Johnson Controls and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) in 2007 with a North American focus, the EEI survey provides ongoing insight both to validate progress toward building efficiency goals, and to support future public and private decision-making. Under the direction of the Institute for Building Efficiency, the EEI will become a global study in 2010, with the survey available in seven major languages and targeted at facilities decision makers in several major countries throughout the world.


Energy efficiency indicator over time


Target Survey Sample

The Energy Efficiency Indictor survey intentionally targets a very broad and diverse sample of survey respondents. To qualify to take part in the survey, individuals within an organization must meet two important criteria:

  1. They must have capital- or operations-related budget responsibility for their organization’s facilities.


  2. Their job responsibilities must include reviewing or monitoring the amount of energy used by their company’s facilities, and/or proposing or approving initiatives to make their company’s facilities more energy efficient.

There exist a wide variety of roles and titles that typically meet these two criteria. In any one organization, there may be several individuals that can have a significant impact on the energy efficiency and sustainability of that organization’s buildings and operations.

The Energy Efficiency Indicator surveys a balanced mix of CEOs, CFOs, real estate executives, facility managers/engineers, and energy/utilities/environmental sustainability managers. Respondents come from a wide range of organization sizes ranging from small sole proprietorship businesses to large global corporations with property totaling tens of millions of square feet in area. The survey also covers a broad array of industry sectors including government, education, healthcare, finance, manufacturing, retail, life sciences, engineering and construction, and many more. 



EEI demographic breakdown


To reach a broad and meaningful sample, Johnson Controls has formed several valuable partnerships to assist in crafting and refining the survey, distributing it to qualified respondents, and disseminating the results globally.

  • The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for professional facility managers, supporting more than 19,000 members in 78 countries. IFMA’s members manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and purchase more than US$100 billion in products and services annually. 

IFMA is a founding partner on the Energy Efficiency Indicator and continues to assure that its members have a voice in the annual study. Workplace professionals play an important role in controlling operational costs related to energy consumption and making strategic capital investments in high-performing building technologies. The EEI helps IFMA validate initiatives that facility managers are undertaking to reduce energy consumption, maximize efficiency and reduce their organizations’ carbon footprints to create a better, more sustainable workplace.

  • The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association is an organization dedicated to optimizing the physical environment of healthcare facilities throughout the country. Its members have responsibility for managing healthcare facility operations, including facilities management, plant engineering, design/construction, security, safety, clinical engineering, and telecommunications. 

ASHE is another key partner in conducting and disseminating the annual Energy Efficiency Indicator, assuring the healthcare sector is well represented. A detailed report on the results for the healthcare sector is published each summer along with ASHE.

  • The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to developing solutions to global problems in the fields of energy, environment and current patterns of development—patterns which are, at present, largely unsustainable. Based in New Delhi and with locations throughout the world, TERI’s research and policy activities range from local- and national-level strategies to developing solutions to global challenges. TERI relies on entrepreneurial skills to create benefits for society through the development and dissemination of intellectual property. 

TERI has been a partner in sharing and commenting on the Energy Efficiency Indicator results, particularly in India where energy challenges are daunting and energy efficiency is viewed as a more and more important national focus.



The Energy Efficient Indicator survey is unique in asking respondents to specify their investment plans and the financial criteria used in making energy efficiency investment decisions. Since its inception, the EEI has been used and cited widely by NGOs, governments, and private corporations including the U.S. Department of Energy’s Annual Energy Outlook as well as McKinsey & Company’s authoritative 2009 publication Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy.


November 2011



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