Sustainable facility management is the next wave
In an article by Christopher P. Hodges, he describes how sustainable facilities have arrived.
In an article by Christopher P. Hodges, PE, CFM, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow, he describes how sustainable facilities have arrived.
Even for those remaining skeptics, there is little argument that we can produce buildings and design workplaces that are energy-efficient while minimizing their impact on the environment. What was once considered innovative, progressive design has become mainstream. The design community deserves credit for changing the landscape of building construction and introducing us to environmentally friendly facilities.
Now that the design process is recognized as a major tool of sustainable practices in facilities, we should turn our attention to existing facilities. With more than 5 million commercial buildings in the United States, the potential for greening our building stock is tremendous. The requirement to do so is becoming critical. The energy savings, productivity increases, reduction in waste stream, and water conservation and other sustainable facility benefits in existing buildings far outweigh the potential benefits from sustainable new construction.
So what’s taking so long?