MACH Energy, provider of cloud based energy management software, recently released survey results suggesting that, while facility management pros are continuing to implement more energy management systems (EMS), the market as a whole, remains in a potentially high-growth stage.
In the 2015 Industry Survey of Building Management Professionals, MACH gathered responses from facility professionals from numerous major metropolitan areas and throughout the United States.
Of the 800 survey respondents, 44% indicated they have an EMS in place to measure and reduce energy consumption. However, of these respondents, almost 70% listed a building management system (BMS) versus standalone EMS; this highlights another finding—confusion in the marketplace between EMS and BMS.
The survey focused on management of buildings of over 50,000 square feet within the following sectors: corporate facilities, hotels and hospitality environments, government (including municipal, federal, and military), retail, commercial multi- and single-tenant offices, and residential (managed properties).
Questions asked included:
* Individual goals in implementing EMS—Is there a clear trend towards sustainability, or is reducing costs the highest priority?
* Which factors are most important to each individual in operating their facilities (e.g. benchmarking requirements, ENERGY STAR score, tenant comfort)?
* How important is the energy management software, or if installed already, which particular features and tactics were the most useful?
The survey report found, “There has been a gradual increase also of public awareness of energy efficiency, as well as the potential savings associated with reduced consumption.
In Ecova’s comparative industry survey of adoption of Energy Management Systems (EMS) in commercial buildings, it was determined that there has been a 23% increase in adoption rate of such systems from 2013 to 2015.” The Ecova 2015 Value of EMS Survey was conducted in early 2015.
Two primary conclusions of the MACH survey:
1. Building professionals primarily implement EMS to achieve cost and expense reduction
2. There is marketplace confusion
MACH summarized that cost reduction is still the key goal in implementing energy management programs, followed by energy efficiency reasons and increasing ease and flexibility for job purposes.
Confusion In The Marketplace
MACH notes that an issue muddying the waters is the fact that most surveyed respondents tended to confuse categorical definitions, correlating energy management software (technology that delivers analytics—real time or otherwise, budget, and reporting functions) with building management systems, which integrate and control equipment such as building HVAC systems, VAV boxes, chillers and lighting.For instance, 44% of the respondents indicated they had energy management software in place to measure and reduce energy consumption. However, of these respondents, almost 70% of them listed building management systems versus standalone energy management software.
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