Energy efficiency continues to be a big deal, and there’s reason to stay ahead of the curve.
As we’ve noted earlier in this book, sustainability and energy efficiency concerns are top of mind for organizations around the globe. And you’ve probably considered undertaking an energy project—either by choice or necessity.
A 2011 study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, surveying 348 senior executives from North America, Asia-Pacific and Western Europe, found that improving industry energy efficiency was “a clear prerequisite for long-term financial growth.” The study further notes that firms that continually seek improvement in energy use were poised for greater success.
There’s more: Not only can ENERGY STAR® certification lead to lower energy bills, but it’s been mandatory for federal buildings since 2009. Consider also that ASHRAE 90.1, the world’s most adopted building energy code, was updated in 2010 to include intelligent lighting control requirements for all new construction adherent to the code. Elsewhere, the California Energy Commission’s Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards, effective in 2014, also include the use of advanced lighting controls.
In fact, the way your facility manages its lighting is critical to overall building efficiency, and it’s a trend that has been growing in the industrial sector for years. Take the DesignLights Consortium, for instance: Operating since 1996, the organization seeks to promote “quality, performance and energy-efficient commercial sector lighting solutions” in the lighting industry from top to bottom. The organization makes available its Qualified Products List, a resource for efficiency seekers that qualifies lighting solutions as dependable.
And that means you, as facility manager, have the power to enact this change in your facility, to better your company’s bottom line and lead to greater profitability. You can wait until energy-efficiency upgrades are mandatory, or you can stay ahead of the curve.