FM managers in US who think efficiency, save more

Facility managers in American states with strong energy efficiency programmes, save more energy. That’s according to a new survey from DNV GL, which suggests this group are more likely to install […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Facility managers in American states with strong energy efficiency programmes, save more energy.

That’s according to a new survey from DNV GL, which suggests this group are more likely to install efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technology.

It says commercial savings could potentially reach 30% but utilities’ energy efficiency programmes are struggling to see these rates being achieved.

These commercial and industrial facilities consume nearly half of US energy.

More than half of managers and businesses in mid-to-large facilities view energy efficiency as a proven strategy.

A total of 84% of facilities which had tried to save energy reported at least one benefit of doing so, such as lower operating costs or increased productivity.

Energy efficient practices and efficient technology are more likely to be adopted the more senior the level they are implemented at and lead by.

In states where utilities have to run energy efficiency programmes, facilities are 12% more likely to install LEDs and 21% more likely to install high efficiency HVAC.

These states often guide companies to new, emerging technologies and reduce investment risks with financial incentives.

DNV GL Project Director Mitch Rosenberg said: “The survey revealed that a significant segment of the market has not adopted energy management and related capital improvement practices. Moreover, even among facilities that pursue energy efficiency, many opportunities to increase reduce energy use remain, particularly through improved operation and maintenance practices.”