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Johnson Controls: 2010 North America Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey

Johnson Controls reports that energy efficiency investment has grown among business decision-makers since last year, with cost savings and enhanced public image driving spending.

Johnson Controls, in tandem with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), has released the results of its survey of 1,400 business decision-makers responsible for their commercial buildings' energy use. The majority of the respondents are from the healthcare, manufacturing, finance, and consulting industries, and 60 percent of them spent at least $100,000 annually on facility energy costs.

The study found that energy efficiency investment and awareness has rebounded since last year. More than half of those surveyed were planning capital investments in energy efficiency projects (up from 46 percent last year) and 60 percent were investing in their capital budgets for efficiency (up from 55 percent last year). And new energy efficient construction starts and retrofits were up 35 percent.

Johnson Controls reported that small businesses were less likely to invest in efficiency than large companies. The government and education sectors were most likely to invest, while the retail sector still lags.

Overall, 65 percent of respondents are paying more attention to efficiency, and 84 said efficiency was a priority in new construction and retrofits. The top two factors for improving energy efficiency were cost savings (97 percent) and enhanced brand and public image (63 percent).

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