According to the EPA, businesses waste about 30% of the energy used in their commercial buildings and worldwide, buildings account for 32% of energy use and 19% of energy-related greenhouse emissions. As companies are increasingly focused on ways to reduce energy waste, they are looking to facility managers to provide input and leadership on ways to improve the energy efficiency of their building systems.
Because facilities management is responsible for ensuring the functionality, comfort and safety of the built environment, facility managers are uniquely positioned to leverage local operational efficiency initiatives to identify and act to improve the efficiency of energy use across their facilities. Facility managers have a more complete understanding of site-specific challenges and opportunities and can advise on how best to integrate people, processes and technology to achieve optimal efficiencies.
Whether energy efficiency is being pursued as a part of an organization’s corporate sustainability program, operational investment strategy or simply to cut utility expenditure, there are three ways that facility managers can improve the energy efficiency of their building systems.