Facilities management is professional service focused on the efficient and effective delivery of logistics and support services related to real property to ensure functionality, comfort, safety and efficiency of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology, according to the International Facilities Management Association. What that looks like in the real world is a 24/7 service designed to keep your property running in excellent condition without interruption.

Facility managers provide solutions for property owners to keep their property in good functioning condition within a designated budget. They provide maintenance, trouble-shooting, work order management and response, efficient operations and timely response to real-time problems. An expert facilities manager works to keep all the spaces we work, live and enjoy safe, accessible, productive and useful.

An eco-friendly approach to facilities management includes consideration of environmental factors in the response to issues that come up. The response to problems with a property will include options that are more environmentally friendly whenever possible. It is more common to have customers expect eco-friendly approaches to business, and as a result, businesses can lead the way rather respond reactively.

Facilities management companies often utilize software to keep accurate records of the customers they serve, and to provide an online, real-time way for service requests to be made. At Weaver, we use Optsy. Software options like Optsy can monitor resources and help to reduce waste and costs. Additionally, some software options update with eco-friendly resources as they become available. A good management company will stay on top of product development that will be good for your budget and the environment.

Some categories that software can track for eco-friendly solutions include waste production, waste disposal, recycling, water filtration, use of energy efficient options, hazardous waste or other material, and even LEED options. (You can find LEED information here and here.

A great place to start with eco-friendly facilities management is identifying areas where you can improve in your commercial property. If you currently work with a facilities management company, ask them to provide a list of areas where your business can be more eco-friendly. If you manage properties on your own, look for similar businesses and learn from what they are doing. Here are 14 areas where you can begin an eco-friendly approach to facilities management:

  1. Ask your HVAC specialist to provide as assessment and suggestions on improving your HVAC.
  2. Seek out and convert any consumable products to eco-friendly and sustainable brands.
  3. Add a water bottle filling station where you would normally have a water fountain. This encourages the use of refillable water bottles.
  4. Provide recycling receptacles at all garbage locations.
  5. Utilize hiring processes that limit the number of in person interactions includng phone interviews, Zoom or other remote options.
  6. Install light sensors for lights to go out after a period of inactivity within a space.
  7. Utilize natural lighting to conserve the need for electricity.
  8. Utilize smart thermostats.
  9. In common areas, make use of traditional silverware, cups and dishes when possible.
  10. Add a dishwasher to your common area in order to service the traditional silverware option. While this might not seem eco-friendly due to water consumption, it provides a hygienic cleaning option that using real cups, plates and silverware will require. Energy saving appliances are good investments for eco-friendly operation.
  11. Obtain an assessment if your property utilizes irrigation to ensure you are watering wisely and all equipment is in good working order.
  12. Provide shuttle service when possible and if it makes sense for the property you own.
  13. Switch to LED lightbulbs.
  14. Utilize eco-friendly and sustainable cleaning products.

It might seem like these are small changes, but small changes can make a big impact. Every little bit can help along the way. At Weaver Realty, we look for ways to help you manage facilities from an eco-friendly standpoint. Contact us today at 903-733-0039 and find out how we can help you run your business more efficiently and more sustainably.