2014 Energy Efficiency Indicator
Strong improvements in key indicators signal major commitments to energy efficiency, high-performance buildings, distributed energy systems and smart building technologies.
The 2014 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey of facility and energy management executives showed nearly across-the-board improvements in key measures that signal increased interest and investment in energy efficiency in North America’s non-residential buildings.
While many of these indicators have improved steadily across past years’ EEI surveys, the magnitude of the improvement from 2013 to 2014 is noteworthy. Numerous indicators showed strong double-digit percentage point gains.
This eighth annual EEI survey drew 687 respondents from the United States and Canada. Four key themes emerged from the survey.
Over half of the respondents rated energy efficiency and renewable energy as being extremely important to their organization with two-thirds planning to increase investments next year (see above graphs).
High-performance buildings and workspaces are becoming mainstream with two-thirds of organizations planning to certify at least one green building and one-third willing to pay a premium to lease space in a green building (see graph below).
Intelligent efficiency has reached a tipping point with one-third of organizations having invested in smart building technology last year and another one-third making it a high priority for investment next year.
Investments in distributed energy systems, including distributed generation, demand response and energy storage, are accelerating with over half of organizations planning to have one or more facilities able to operate off the grid in the next ten years.
About the EEI Survey
The Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey has been conducted annually by the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency for eight years. The survey analyzes energy efficiency and renewable energy plans, practices and investments among executive-level decision-makers responsible for energy and facility management in buildings.
The survey is conducted online during March and April. Respondents remain anonymous. To qualify, survey respondents must:
Have budget responsibility for their organizations’ facilities.
Have duties that include reviewing or monitoring energy usage or proposing/approving initiatives to make those facilities more efficient.
The 2014 EEI survey was conducted in partnership with the International Facility Management Association.