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Dollars and Sense: The Bottom Line of Sustainability

Dollars and Sense:  The Bottom Line of Sustainability
Filed in Janitorial on December 30, 2013 0 Comments

Today, the responsibilities of facility managers are even more challenging.  They are expected to not only contribute to the bottom line by reducing facility costs, but also to improve the productivity, revenue generating capacity and image of their organizations.

One major initiative that combines all three elements of the triple bottom line is sustainability.

Ever increasing energy prices are driving building owners and operators to make efficiency improvements to buildings in order to affect the long-term costs of operating.

The fifth annual global Energy Efficiency Indicator survey, conducted by Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency, the International Facility Management Association and the Urban Land Institute, questioned nearly 4,000 building owners and operators around the world.

Highlights of the survey results for North America show a double-digit increase for US and Canada building owners who believe energy management is important (66%) and that building owners expect lighting and smart building technology to have greater adoption rates than renewable energy technologies in the US and Canada over the next ten years.  Additionally, 77% of US and Canada building owners plan to include green building elements in their facility plans in the next 12 months.

Sustainability remains a dominant challenge and trend in facility management.   Efficiency and cost control pressures and measures have been in place for some time.  However, how these savings get implemented have become much more complex with high performance building technologies. Operating buildings at peak efficiency will become increasingly challenging as new complex building technologies are introduced and facilities will be seen as critical strategic assets, not simply costs to be controlled.

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