Facilities Management Teams urged by BIFM to be proactive about Energy Management

Category: energy management

Positive Changes – Energy Management

Whilst new energy legislation, such as the 2013 Energy Act not only provides a better framework for business energy consumption and responsibilities, it also outlines the many benefits of attempting to better energy consumption.

For many Facilities Management teams, this means a fundamental, but positive, change in the way they operate.

To make a real impact on energy usage and employee energy behaviours, Facilities Management will have to change from a structural, organisational role to a more proactive one. This means constructing and enacting a central role for energy management within the business.

This, in and of itself, carries a wide range of tasks and will become more and more important as time goes on.

Proposing changes to energy consumption requires one thing above all — data. And this is precisely where IRT Surveys comes in. Through thermographic and infrared technologies, we can offer a comprehensive view of any and all parts of a site — from call centre roof space to cafeteria outer walls.

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Indeed, a recently released FM leaders forum discussion paper entitled “FMs Role in an Energy Crisis” which you can access from the following link, by the British Institute of Facilities Management stressed the importance of “In-depth understanding of a building’s energy performance by acquiring operational energy data.”

This data, which reveals hotspots, escaping heat and much more, can give a precise insight into the worst places for energy wastage and the parts of the site that are doing their job.

Once collected, we can take that data and provide detailed reports on just what must happen to greatly increase site efficiency.

  • Facilities Management departments are going to see their roles change as businesses become more concerned about energy prices and usage
  • This means Facilities Management will increasingly have the task of creating and enacting energy saving policy
  • This requires all-important data and detailed reportage, which IRT Surveys can supply in a variety of forms

Rising Prices and Changing Expectations

At IRT Surveys, we perform thousands of thermographic scans every year: on houses, factories, work sites and a whole range of structures.

Across all of these clients, we have found one common connection: an increasing concern about energy prices and how best to offset their rise.

For homeowners or housing associations, this means a variety of measures — both small and more involved, that can greatly reduce energy wastage and leakage.

Bigger sites, however, have a larger task on their hands. With energy prices predicted by some to rise by one hundred percent by 2020, large clients are now seeking out every way possible to provide energy management solutions.

For Facilities Management, this means changing expectations from above. Today, big businesses are looking to Facilities Management to formulate and propose long-term strategies for dealing with this issue. For many Facilities Management departments, this means familiarising themselves with new technology and new ways of working.

At IRT, we understand this changing role of Facilities Management and can provide the technology and data to greatly tighten up any business’s energy consumption.

  • Some estimates predict energy bills rising by one hundred percent by 2020
  • Facilities Management at bigger business are finding themselves tasked with slashing energy costs and wastage
  • IRT Surveys has the perfect technology to make these big changes

Changing Attitudes

This raft of new responsibilities will not be a totally smooth transition for many Facilities Management departments.

One of the hardest parts of changing energy use and wastage is the work culture that surrounds it. In order to gain effective, long-term change, employee habits will have to change.

There are a number of ways for Facilities Management to do this — a core part is raising awareness. Once employees can see just how much energy the business wastes every year and once that is quantified in a meaningful way, then change is much easier to affect.

This again requires hard, real data, which you can show to anyone in the business and clearly explain what is happening. This gives Facilities Management the powerful, strong case for changing habits that should appeal to management and other employees alike.

At IRT Surveys, this is just what we strive for: we want to present clear, easy to understand data that clearly shows problem areas. This in turn, provides a clear base for action for Facilities Management to work from. We understand that it is impossible to affect change if no one in the business understands the problem itself.

Ultimately, the message to communicate is one that improving energy efficiency can only positively affect a business and — giving greater savings and benefitting the planet as whole.

  • With these new responsibilities, Facilities Management will have new, different responsibilities which will not be a totally smooth ride
  • The more information and data Facilities Management has, the easier it will be to affect cultural change in the work place — people need to understand why they must change
  • The business must understand how it stands to benefit from changing

Business’s concerns range far and wide; managing an army of employees, procuring the right sight and a million other considerations are enough for most facilities management teams, but energy prices and usage is swiftly becoming a hot-button issue.

Anyone looking at their monthly energy bills has seen them rise and rise in the past few years, with this trend set to continue.

For big businesses with large sites to oversee, energy efficiency and savings are an important issue. This responsibility usually devolves to facilities management, meaning that they need awareness of every single way to save energy and money.