Johnson Controls Inc. and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) will release the North American results of the fourth annual Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) on April 19 at 11 a.m. EST via Webcast.

This annual research report is based on a survey of more than 1,400 North American business leaders who are responsible for managing energy use in commercial buildings. The 2010 survey will provide data on attitudes, practices, investment plans, and expected return-on-investment for energy-efficiency initiatives.

Highlights from the 2010 North American EEI survey include:
• Rebounding from a 2009 drop in expected energy-efficiency investments, planned spending on energy efficiency will increase in 2010. Fifty-two percent of respondents plan to make energy-efficiency improvements financed with capital expenditures compared with 46 percent in 2009 and 56 percent in 2008.
• Decision-makers expect the greatest performance-to-price ratio improvements in lighting (51 percent) and smart-building technologies (44 percent) over the next 10 years.
• The carbon-emission-reduction strategy of highest priority among respondents is improving energy efficiency in buildings (38 percent).
• Lack of capital remains the greatest barrier to achieving energy savings (38 percent).