Eighty-five percent of building owners and operators globally depend on energy management to drive operational efficiency, according to a survey released in June by Johnson Controls. This represents a 34-point increase in the last two years. Energy cost savings and financial incentives are leading this shift, Johnson Controls says, but more than half say they are also looking to improve their public image and increase the value of their buildings.

“Building owners are investing in energy efficiency because they recognize the financial payback,” said Dave Myers, president of Johnson Controls, Building Efficiency, in a prepared statement. “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.”

The 2012 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator, a global survey of 3,500 building owners and operators, was released at the 23rd Annual North American Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington D.C. in June.

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