When investing in sustainability projects, investors need to understand the dollar value behind the project. At the same time, organizations undertaking such projects are looking to create environmental and social benefits, in addition to financial impacts. Creating or communicating a business case, for the projects is often a challenge, as many architects, designers and other industry...
Implementing best practices in operations can significantly improve building efficiency. Today’s technologies create unprecedented energy data for analysis and action. The performance of building systems, operational changes and maintenance efforts can be tracked over time. These technology tools will be transformative if we continue to evolve our energy management practices, review the data, build our plans and act on new information. The goal? Bringing people and technology together to improve building performance.
Often, vendors encounter roadblocks when pitching energy efficiency technologies to commercial building owners. Building owners, on the other hand, face similar barriers that make even the most attractive technologies impossible to accept. Daniele Horton, founder and principal at Verandi Partners, and Sara Neff, vice president, sustainability at Kilroy Realty Group, discussed these common pitfalls...
Employee behaviors can have a big impact on a company’s energy costs. But what does it take to bring employees on board with energy and sustainability programs – to get and keep them engaged and participating? One tool for doing so is a Sustainability Engagement Navigator created by the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency. By way of a simple group exercise, it helps...
The seventh annual Energy Efficiency Indicator survey from the Institute for Building Efficiency drew more than 3,000 respondents from 10 countries, including 911 from Europe. The survey measures trends in energy priorities and practices among decision-makers responsible for energy use in buildings. Here are the key findings from European survey respondents:
A workplace sustainability program will not get far without employees squarely on board. A look at research and the experiences of major companies reveals best practices for building an employee engagement program, putting it to work, and measuring success. An effective engagement program follows five basic steps:
By Clay Nesler As the U.S. green building movement enters its third decade, it is clear that the market has reached a tipping point. While the industry initially focused on new construction, more activity is now focused on existing buildings. The 2013 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) research study of 500 facility management executives in the U.S.
Reliability ranks first in data center management – but it shouldn’t obscure the need to be energy efficient. Smart organizations can reduce energy-related operating costs and environmental impact while still maintaining zero-downtime data facilities.