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5 Ways To Make Your Building More Efficient

5 Ways To Make Your Building More Efficient

Energy efficiency is a primary management strategy in the 21st century, which is motivated of course by the growing issue of climate change, but also by the benefits an organisation can gain from better use of energy, less wastage and stricter organisational controls and procedures. Commercial buildings can be old and badly maintained. This could be through general neglect, but also because construction techniques and materials were not as good as they are now, and new technologies have arrived on the market to better assist in making a building energy efficient.

At Robinsons Facilities Services we understand that energy efficiency is important to Facilities Management, but also that huge capital investment is not always possible. So what techniques and procedures can you easily implement to ensure your building is more energy efficient?

  1. Boiler service

A traditional boiler for heating and hot water is a big investment for any organisation and is a significant energy source, as it needs to be consistent and reliable for everyday use, particularly over the winter. An old boiler can very quickly become a drain on your money, especially if it is not well-maintained. Boilers become clogged with dust and dirt through their natural operation, so fans and filters require regular cleaning and replacement, otherwise they will be over-working to create the same levels of heat. A regular service will also identify leaks and faulty fans, which again can lead to the boiler using more energy than it needs to. An investment in renewable energies, such as a biomass boiler, is an excellent way to improve your building’s efficiency, but regular servicing and maintenance of your existing boiler is a quick and simple solution.

  1. Air conditioning

The installation of an air conditioning system will improve your energy efficiency because it maintains a stable temperature all-year-round, rather than blowing hot and cold as necessary and using more energy. A well-managed and maintained air conditioning system can be programmed to come on at certain times in certain rooms, and uses energy only to ‘tick-over’ and keep temperatures stable. It is important that a system is designed that is appropriate to the size and shape of your building, so that it is not over-working and is effective, but a well-designed and maintained air conditioning system will improve your energy efficiency, provide a clean environment and will improve work productivity.

  1. Replace old electrical equipment

Even in the last decade technological advances have been rapid and items such as laptops, monitors, printers and communal items such as kettles, photocopiers and fridges are far more energy efficient. So regularly replacing old items is good building management. If you ensure new items are certified and have a good energy rating, then this will affect your energy bills positively. Regular PAT testing of these items will also identify faulty equipment or where recommended improvements can be made.

  1. Building fabric maintenance

As well as looking after systems within the building regularly and professionally, you need to keep an eye on the building fabric itself, so regular inspections for leaking taps and pipework can pay dividends, and any areas around doors, walls and windows, where air could be escaping and cold air coming in, can be a factor in heating systems over-working.

  1. Lighting

Lighting is of course integral to every building, but is often overlooked as an influential source of energy. Lighting is required in every room and is used all day, every day, so getting it right and not wasting energy is every important. The advances in LED lighting has meant buildings are using a light source which lasts much longer and uses less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. Fluorescent lighting is also more energy efficient. You can also implement systems using passive room sensors and timer controls to ensure lighting is not used when it is not needed.

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