A small but growing number of facility managers follow a "master plan" when implementing sustainability practices and try to create measurable goals for their programs, a new survey by the International Facility Management Assn. (IFMA) has found.
Some 17% of respondents have a master plan for implementing green concepts in their buildings, more than double the number in a similar survey in 2002, according to the survey.
Only 5% of respondents say they have not implemented any green strategies and do not plan to do so. Ninety-two percent say they are working to make their facilities more sustainable.
Facility managers have taken on a broad array of sustainability measures, several of interest to HVAC professionals. For instance, 54% of respondents say they have implemented water conservation measures and 24% say they've begun using alternative fuels and/or renewable energy.
Among their sustainable practices relating to energy use:
74% have adjusted the operating hours of HVAC systems.
65% have replace equipment with newer, more efficient equipment.
63% have set back thermostats.
19% have re-commissioned building systems.
Many facility managers report working toward LEED certification (from the USGBC) of some type: