April 16, 2012 12:40 ET

Going Green: the New Wave in Swimming Pool Construction and Maintenance

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 16, 2012) - In 2021, the U.S. swimming pool equipment and maintenance products market is projected to total $6,108.7 million, up 39.1% from 2016 and up nearly 78.2% from 2011. Industrial and energy market research publisher SBI Energy forecasts the average annual growth rate over the ten-year period from 2011 to 2021 at 7.8%. Though only a small ripple in the market, 'green' swimming pools are gaining in popularity and carving their own niche in the market.

In 2011, there were a total of approximately 9.86 million swimming pools in the United States, reflecting a near 3.6% increase from 2010 and up almost 13.9% from 2007 when the total number of pools rested close to 8.66 million. The increase in the total number of pools from 2007 to 2011 was inspired by a growing number of residential pool types and 'green' pool construction, while the number of commercial pools declined during the same period.

"An encouraging trend is 'green pool' construction and equipment using fewer chemicals and more eco-friendly products," notes Shelley Carr, publisher for SBI Energy. "Some 'green' or 'natural' swimming pools incorporate aquatic plants to clean the water, instead of chlorine and strong electric-powered filters, creating less need for energy use." The plants allow for the use of less powerful pumps, leading to less energy consumption (up to 75% less than with traditional swimming pools). The costs of building a natural swimming pool are comparable to traditionally built pools, although the real savings are made after the pool is in operation and needs less electricity and fewer chemicals to stay clean.

There is also increased consumer interest in swimming pool automation systems, not only because they help to decrease the amount of time pool owners need to spend fussing with their pools, but also because they help reduce the amount of electricity needed to operate the pool -- some report up to a 75% savings in pool energy costs. Cartridge filters are being purchased more often over granular-type filters as they are more energy and water efficient.

Robotic cleaners use up to 90% less energy than other types of pool cleaners and help to lessen water use. Fewer chemicals are also needed when using these automatic cleaners. Solar-powered pool equipment and solar-powered pool covers also help to save money and reduce operating costs. In addition, the swimming pool lighting market is experiencing a lot of interest in its LED lights, which are at least 30% more efficient than halogen lights and last about 25 times longer. Meanwhile, salt systems and ozone technologies are being chosen by consumers over chlorine.

Swimming Pool Equipment and Maintenance Products, 2nd Edition, by SBI Energy, contains comprehensive historical data (2007-2011) and forecast data (2012-2021) for swimming pool equipment and maintenance products, including liners and covers, pumps and filters, chemicals, electric heaters, solar power heaters, cleaners and vacuums, lighting and controllers and automated systems. The report identifies key trends and factors such as the regulatory scene, new technologies, employment opportunities, and economic drivers and challenges affecting the size and direction of the market. Profiles of more than a dozen major and innovative companies are also included.

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