Survey Reveals Importance of Energy to IFMA Members

A survey of International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) members has revealed that two thirds of the respondents regard energy management as extremely or very important. The Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency’s 2011 Energy Efficiency Indicator also showed that three quarters (75 percent) of IFMA members surveyed said that they expected energy prices to increase during the coming year by an average of 6.1 percent.

An analysis of the 632 IFMA members’ responses showed a few differences from the institute’s global Energy Efficiency Indicator results. For example, IFMA members were slightly more driven by enhancing public image than by rebates and incentives, which differs from the global result.
Key results included:
  • 60 percent said that they were paying more attention to energy than a year ago
  • Nearly all (97 percent) had taken actions to reduce energy use in the last year
  • The vast majority (96 percent) had invested in energy projects
  • 36 percent had at least one green certified building in their portfolio
  • 45 percent had a goal to reduce energy use
IFMA members also said the top barriers to capturing more energy savings were lack of internal capital to fund projects and inability to identify projects with sufficient ROI. More global respondents cited uncertainty of payback or lack of technical expertise. IFMA members were also less likely to have used or considered models like on-bill financing, power purchase agreements, shared savings agreements or property assessed clean energy financing to pay for energy improvements.
Jennifer Layke, Director, Institute for Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls
“To help accelerate the transformation to more energy efficient and sustainable built environments, it is critical to understand the priorities and challenges facing executive decision makers. The EEI survey provides a unique perspective on the market through the lens of those on the front lines making public and commercial building decisions. This research shows that energy is firmly on the agenda of facility management professionals.” said Jennifer Layke, Director, Institute for Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls.

The 2011 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) Survey drew nearly 4,000 responses from a balanced mix of CEOs, CFOs, real estate executives, facility and sustainability managers in organizations ranging from small sole proprietorships to global corporations with properties totalling tens of millions of square feet. Of the total global respondents, 632 were IFMA members.