Creating Sustainable Facilities

In 2021, reducing our environmental impact is more important than ever. As facility management service providers, we can help you implement green processes at your site to help reduce your carbon footprint.

However, improving the sustainability of your site can seem like an overwhelming task. So here are five methods to help you get started on your environmental management journey.

1. Conduct a Sustainability Health Check

Gaining insight into your site’s performance is key to building your sustainability strategy. Once you understand how your site is performing, you can then go on to develop a plan for future improvement. 

By conducting an audit, you can see where you are wasting energy. It could be equipment that keeps getting left on overnight, a particular season that causes your energy usage to skyrocket, or lighting left on in buildings with low occupancy. With this data on hand, you can make repairing, maintaining, or replacing decisions that will make your buildings greener. 

Once you have made these changes, it is so important to keep monitoring usage, particularly if you have installed solar panels and automated technologies that switch off lights, heating and cooling. This way, you ensure that you are meeting your sustainability goals. 

2. Swap out Older Assets for Environmentally Friendly Ones

Many older buildings were not designed and built with carbon footprints in mind. The good news is, there are some relatively easy changes you can make to boost energy efficiency and reduce costs. 

  • Upgrade your lights with sunlight and motion sensors
  • Replace manual taps with automatic ones
  • Install solar panels
  • Use modern insulation to reduce energy loss
  • Install smart meters to monitor gas, water and power usage
  • Use equipment with a 5-star energy rating.

Don’t forget to keep up preventative maintenance to ensure your assets are functioning at their best and meet safety regulations. Regular maintenance will keep energy usage down, extend the life of your equipment and reduce costs.

3. Stop Using Traditional Cleaning Products

One thing we have learned over the past year is just how critical keeping your facilities clean and safe is. Unfortunately, most traditional cleaning products are full of hazardous ingredients that can harm the environment and those using the space.

Using green cleaning products reduces the amount of toxic chemicals released into the atmosphere and in our waterways. They are also much safer to use around those in your facilities that have allergies or respiratory issues.

4. Make Recycling a Priority

Recycling and the circular economy are key ways to improve the sustainability of your site. It conserves non-renewable resources, reduces the use of fossil fuels, prevents waste from going into landfills, our oceans and waterways and reduces CO2 emissions.

Making recycling a priority does require some planning, as there are regulations around recycling different types of materials like batteries, electrical equipment, green waste and demolition debris.  But if you get it right, recycling can have the biggest impact on reducing your carbon emissions on site.

5. Work with Sustainable Focused Companies

Finally, work with service providers that will support your sustainability journey. You want to ensure that any contractors you hire also have experience with green cleaning and low-energy equipment. By giving your business to companies who aid in sustainability efforts, you show your support and extend your commitment to helping the environment.

At Danihers, we are here to help you achieve your sustainability goals. If you would like more information on how we can help – contact your CSM or our Operations team.