Hilson Moran’s Design Director, Marie-Louise Schembri, has been featured in the latest issue of Facilitate Magazine, a leading publication for the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM).
In this article, Marie–Louise emphasis the important role of Facilities Management professionals in meeting operational Zero Carbon targets, as well as the significance of stakeholder engagement, upskilling and Design for Performance.
Alongside Carl Brooks, Head of Sustainability, Property Management at CBRE, Cara Kennelly, Social Sustainability Manager at Vinci Facilities and Interserve’s Managing Director, Mike Sewell, Marie-Louise also highlights the projects facilities managers should focus on now, for existing buildings:
- Survey operational energy (and user perception): Engage with an energy consultant for an evaluation of the building’s performance – such as BUS (busmethodology.org.uk), a post occupancy evaluation, ideally with an operational energy model to profile and align energy use to metered consumption and test improvements before committing to investments.
- Fine-tuning, phasing: Over-consumption (or occupant discomfort) can typically be managed centrally through an adjustment of control, or where plant energy efficiency is the culprit, a phased replacement strategy could be funded by a payback from savings.
- Lighting + smart, wellbeing benefits: Improving the energy efficiency and quality of lighting or investing in smarter, finer-grain controls could have a big impact on energy savings and enable better management / more attractive workspace.
- Plant replacement: Ultimately, all engineering services will have to be evaluated during plant replacement life cycle planning to identify opportunities to reduce energy use and improve carbon performance.