Picking up steam: Higher disposable income, corporate profit and industrial output have increased demand

The Steam and Air-Conditioning Supply industry, which comprises businesses that supply district energy for heating and cooling, has grown in line with recovering construction activity and renewed demand from residential and commercial customers. Higher disposable income, corporate profit and industrial output have resulted in greater demand for air conditioning and heating, particularly in urban areas; additionally, a combination of municipal, state and federal policies calling for greater energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction have benefited industry operators over the past five years. Industry performance will continue to depend on investment in utilities and aggregate construction levels over the next five years...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • An increasing number of operators have begun implementing CHP plants to generate steam, chilled water and electricity
  • Industry players have accelerated their use of energy-efficient technology
  • Environmental efforts will encourage greater deployment of district energy and CHP capacity
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The majority of industry operators are regional steam and air-conditioner suppliers that service a limited geographic area in the United States. As a result, industry concentration is slim, with few operators accounting for more than 5.0% of the industry revenue. It is important to note that large utility companies, such as Consolidated Edison Inc. (Con Ed), are not included as participants in the industry as their primary revenue earning operations are focused outside the industry; Con Ed earns less than 5.0% of its total revenue from industry specific operations. As a result, industry establishments are spread across the country, servicing a specific locale, city or occasionally region. Due...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Steam & Air-Conditioning Supply Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Steam & Air-Conditioning Supply Industry are

  • Having a steady supply contract
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Value of private nonresidential construction and Value of utilities construction in the Steam & Air-Conditioning Supply industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Steam & Air-Conditioning Supply Industry?

    Operators in this industry supply district energy for heating and cooling. Typically, they generate hot and cold water or steam via closed mains systems to cool or heat commercial or residential buildings. Only companies whose primary operations involve steam and air-condition supply are included in the industry; large utility companies that provide steam and air conditioning in addition to other more extensive operations are not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Steam and air-conditioning
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Natural gas distribution to final customer
  • Industry Activities
  • Generation and distribution of steam for heating
  • Generation and distribution of chilled air or water for cooling
  • Generation and distribution of heated air or water for heating
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Value of private nonresidential construction
  • Value of utilities construction
  • Price of natural gas
  • Demand from boiler and heat exchanger manufacturing
  • Value of residential construction

  • Current Performance
  • Recovery in residential and commercial construction
  • Cogeneration and energy efficiency initiatives
  • Industry consolidation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • New industry opportunities
  • Construction trends
  • Cogenerating continues
  • External competition
  • Table: Steam & Air-Conditioning Supply Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Steam & Air-Conditioning Supply Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Industrial Building Construction
  • Educational Services
  • Public Administration
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Boiler & Heat Exchanger Manufacturing
  • Coal Mining
  • Metal Pipe & Tube Manufacturing
  • Natural Gas Distribution
  • Plastic Pipe & Parts Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Steam and air-conditioning
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Natural gas distribution to final customer
  • Other
  • Chart: Steam & Air-Conditioning Supply Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Commercial sector
  • Schools, hospitals and institutions
  • Residential
  • Government
  • Other
  • Entertainment and hotels
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Steam & Air-Conditioning Supply Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Steam & Air-Conditioning Supply

  • Basis of Competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Steam & Air-Conditioning Supply Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    NRG Thermal LLC,
  • Table: NRG Thermal LLC - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Steam & Air-Conditioning Supply Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Steam & Air-Conditioning Supply Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Value of construction (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • An abbreviation for British thermal unit, which is a measure of energy.
  • Chp
  • Combined heat and power; also called cogeneration.
  • Cogeneration
  • Capturing the waste heat created by electricity generation and using it to create more energy.
  • District Cooling
  • Water chilled in a central plant and piped into several buildings to provide cooling.
  • District Heat
  • Steam or hot water produced in a central plant and piped into several buildings to provide heating.
  • Heat Exchanger
  • Equipment that transfers heat from one source (usually a liquid or steam) to another without allowing them to mix.
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