Energy Management Systems for Commercial Buildings will Garner $67 Billion

BOULDER, COLO. -- Commercial buildings in the United States are responsible for 18% of the country’s total energy consumption, and as such they represent one of the largest opportunities for energy efficiency improvements and reduction in carbon emissions. According to a new report from Pike Research, the increasing application of information technology (IT) to the commercial building sector, together with changes in perception regarding energy as an asset, will drive a cumulative investment of $67.6 billion in Energy Management Systems (EMS) during the period from 2010 to 2020. By 2020, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts that annual EMS revenues in the U.S. will reach $6.8 billion.

“Energy is increasingly viewed by businesses as a critical asset to be managed,” says managing director Clint Wheelock, “whereas previously it was seen merely as a cost of doing business. This shift in thinking is further driven by a greater focus on social responsibility, carbon accounting, and the triple bottom line.” Wheelock adds that the EMS market comprises three key categories: energy efficiency improvements, advanced building management systems, and commercial demand response programs.

Pike Research anticipates that the Institutional market, which includes healthcare, education, and public safety buildings, will be the largest segment for EMS with $17.7 billion in investment by 2020. Other key segments include Office buildings ($14.9 billion) and Retail buildings ($11.3 billion).

Pike Research’s study, “Energy Management Systems for Commercial Buildings,” analyzes the emerging market for commercial building EMS in depth. Based on extensive supply-side and demand-side analysis, the report provides a comprehensive examination of business models, market drivers, technology issues, and the competitive landscape. It also includes detailed market forecasts through 2020 along with profiles of key industry players. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the firm’s website.

Pike Research is a market research and consulting firm that provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The company’s research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of the Smart Energy, Clean Transportation, Clean Industry, Corporate Sustainability, and Building Efficiency sectors. For more information, visit or call 303/997-7609.

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