Sustainable Building Management

January 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

One of the most important things you can do to reduce the environmental impact of running your building is to weatherize it and upgrade its systems and equipment. After that, though, you depend on your facilities staff to keep the building running efficiently. Running a building efficiently means many things:

– Ensure that boilers are run on their correct settings
– Properly operate your energy management system, if your building has one
– Promptly fix broken or malfunctioning equipment

But staff involvement in sustainability goes beyond knowing the building’s systems. It also means working with tenants to encourage their engagement in the building that, after all, is their home! Here are some immediate ideas:

NYC Recycling Decals

 – Make sure that tenants are aware of the building’s recycling program. Do they know what can be recycled, and where to put recyclable items? (These decals, from the NYC Department of Sanitation, can be helpful education tools)

– Encourage tenants to let you know when their room is overheated (rather than just opening a window to let energy escape), or when they have a leak

– Use cleaning products that are free of harmful chemicals in common areas, and encourage tenants to do the same in their units. Explain to them that chemical cleaners can contribute to significant health problems, so as asthma. Greener products now come in scents that signal the surface has been cleaned.

The Network has resources that you can use to implement green building operations and management strategies. We are also looking for your success stories in this area. In March we will be hosting a Managing Lean and Green workshop on this topic – we look forward to seeing you there!


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