While the initial answer to this question might be rather obvious one, there’s actually more than one good answer here. Johnson Controls recently released a survey called Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator. Total of 3500 building owners and operators were surveyed around the globe. The results showed that the number of real estate owners who depend on energy management to drive operational efficiency has increased 34 points over the last two years, bringing the overall percentage to eighty-five.
And why do they do that? Obviously, the first factor that comes to our minds is green thinking. The less energy you use, the more energy efficient you are, the more greenhouse gases are released to the atmosphere. But that’s not the only reason. The entire world is moving towards more environmentally friendly thinking and making your commercial building more energy efficient can also have a good impact on your public image.
Last, but not least, energy efficiency as such usually shows itself in reduced costs. Reduced energy bills, such as Empire State Building managed to decrease their costs on energy over 30 percent during the first year of their energy efficiency plan. Energy efficient buildings are obviously also valued more, should you want to sell it at some point.
Let’s leave the last words about the topic to the president of Johnson Controls, Building Efficiency, Dave Myers – “Building owners are investing in energy efficiency because they recognize the financial payback. This year’s survey demonstrates there’s a change underway. The mantra for commercial real estate owners used to be location, location, location – now it’s becoming location, efficiency, location.”
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