Review of 2019 Commercial Boilers marketJune 2020

By Socrates Christidis,
Research Manager Heating & Renewables

According to the latest market research by BSRIA, the global market of commercial boilers, covering outputs from 50kW to 3.7MW, was around 460 thousand units in 2019. 

This represents a decrease of just under 1% year on year. Despite several challenges faced by the industry, namely the trend towards electrification of heating and reduction of carbon emissions, suppliers have managed to maintain their sales at a level close to 2018 – mainly due to the buoyant renovation sector.

As environmental concerns grow, the traditional commercial boilers market faces rising competition from renewable technologies such as commercial heat pumps, or in larger settings a combination of CHP, boilers, and heat pumps – mostly in the new build sector. Due to the government supporting policies and the growth of district heating and cooling these represent an alternative to the traditional commercial boilers, supported with marketing efforts by suppliers and utilities, while public awareness is rising. Trend towards renewables is developing at a faster pace now than in the last few years and is certainly noticeable in Europe, where Germany and the Netherlands are leaders in such change. Compared to residential market, commercial heating solutions are changing faster as higher energy efficiency gains allow for the payback period to be considerably shorter.

World Commercial Boilers Market, vol by region, 2019

Source: BSRIA

Manufacturers offer various product options from the more straightforward replacement of long-serving cast-iron boilers  with more efficient ones, to replacement with modulating and cascade-able boilers, equipped with controllers and able to manage increasing numbers of heating zones, that can cover turn-down ratios of up to 40:1. Installations of units fully compatible with building management systems are also growing.

In broad terms the various geographical regions are quite distinct in their sales of boilers: non-condensing is ruling in the Asia Pacific region, condensing boilers dominate in Europe. North America is increasingly adopting condensing technologies as well. 

In Europe, commercial boilers are mainly wall hung units built in cascades of 8 to 12 boilers, with the most popular output being 150kW per boiler. 

In North America, however, floor standing boilers still prevail, installed in smaller cascades of 2 to 4 boilers of higher capacities, with the most popular boiler capacity being of 900kW.

Most commercial boilers installed in the Asia Pacific region are also floor-standing but still mainly non-condensing due to the lack of relevant legislation and financial support in the largest heating markets such as China, South Korea and Iran.

Oil-fuelled boilers sales are decreasing fast as several European countries are phasing them out to be replaced with renewable heating sources whenever possible.

From 2020, BSRIA will also research the market of electric commercial boilers as these started to gain global importance becoming a valid option in North America, Eastern Europe and China, in areas with no available gas supply and where electricity prices are competitive when compared to oil and LPG.

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Socrates Christidis Research Manager - Heating & Renewables

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