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FROM THE FIELD: EBCx Market Investigation


EBCx: Survey, Impact Analysis and Charts

Courtesy of Ryan Alexander Hallowell, Author

Ryan Hallowell recently completed his Master of Science (Energy) thesis at Texas A&M University. His paper, “Existing Building Commissioning: Exploration of Use and Impacts,” will be a significant contribution to the current body of knowledge around the commissioning profession and quantification of its impact on cost and energy savings in the built environment. The 90+ page document is based on literature review of publications over two decades, and a survey of 198 Building Commissioning Association (BCxA) member companies. The results include calculations and approximate values that the author extrapolated to market estimates of annual CxP revenue, commissioned floor area, cost savings and energy savings that “can be useful in understanding the magnitude of both the existing building commissioning and the general building commissioning for the sample of companies.” Key estimates for both EBCx and total Cx are:

Existing Building Commissioning

  • Total Estimated Annual Revenue: $270 million per year
  • Total Estimated Annual Floor Area Commissioned: 780 million ft2 per year
  • Total Estimated Annual Cost Savings: $290 million per year
  • Total Estimated Annual Energy Savings: 22 billion kBtu per year

Total Building Commissioning (EBCx and NCCx)

  • Total Estimated Annual Revenue: $1.8 billion per year
  • Total Estimated Annual Floor Area Commissioned: 2.0 billion ft2 per year
  • Total Estimated Annual Cost Savings: $540 million per year
  • Total Estimated Annual Energy Savings: 50 billion kBtu per year

Hallowell’s thesis paper including literature review of Cx by building use type, overall Cx costs and savings metrics, measure implementation; research methodology; analysis, findings and conclusions, will be available from the BCxA upon request.

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