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20190122Where To Start Making Commercial And Industrial Buildings Energy Efficient

Where To Start When Making Commercial And Industrial Buildings Energy Efficient

As the costs of operating a facility increase, no company can afford to ignore the benefits of making improvements to energy efficiency in their buildings - or the costs of continuing to be wasteful.

By Aleya Harris

As the costs of operating a facility increase, no company can afford to ignore the benefits of making improvements to energy efficiency in their buildings—or the costs of continuing to be wasteful. Whether motivated by concern for the planet, public perception, or the bottom line, there are no shortage of good reasons for companies to act to reduce their contribution to carbon emissions. The practical work of implementing these changes in commercial and industrial buildings will often fall on facilities managers. It's a big task—so where do you begin?

Building Recommissioning

Most companies begin the journey to greener operations with an energy audit—an information-gathering step. One course of action that is often recommended first is a recommissioning.


"Commissioning" is a quality assurance process that verifies that the construction and equipment in a building is meeting both the specifications of its original design and purpose, as well as the needs of the those owning and occupying it. When the functions and demands placed on a building change over time, it may be necessary to have it recommissioned in order to ensure that it is still meeting those needs.


Recommissioning a building can help you zero in on spaces and equipment that need to be updated, repaired, or replaced, as well as identify larger issues with the form and function of the building.

HVAC & Lighting Systems

The two systems that usually present the greatest opportunities for energy efficiency improvements are HVAC and lighting, as they can be replaced, modernized, and built to consume less energy. But regardless of how "green" the systems themselves can be made, further improvements to efficiency can always be realized by finding ways to reduce the load on these systems.

Employee Responsibility

It doesn't take a lot of careless or wasteful human activity to undo the energy savings provided by the newer generation of efficient technology. At the end of the day, there's no better way to reduce the load placed on a building's systems than by creating a company culture of mindful energy usage.


It is well known that positive reinforcement and inclusion are the best ways to achieve this. Solicit ideas and suggestions from employees about how to reduce energy consumption, create games and competitions around practicing better energy usage habits. Above all, provide the tools and training workers need to use new, energy-efficient technologies.

A Word Of Advice

Wasteful energy consumption can be very costly for a business, as well as drive away that increasingly large and vital customer demographic that places great importance on environmental consciousness. Energy efficiency can yield benefits in many areas, and facilities managers are in a position to lead the way in making these necessary improvements happen in the places where they're most needed.