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Sustainability Corner

Welcome to the IFMA NJ Sustainability Corner. Our objective is to provide our members with relevant and useful information, tools and knowledge while, on a broader basis, help develop a better understanding of sustainability, it's component aspects, the issues to be addressed in establishing a successful sustainability program and the measurement and reporting of program results. We will also cover the potential scope of a comprehensive energy/carbon program, the challenges and realities of competing initiatives for funding resources, and the methods necessary to achieve successful results.

The main subsections of the Sustainability Corner will be flexible in nature, evolving as necessary to remain relevant and timely. The current subsections are as follows;

• Sustainability
• Overview
• Sustainability Economics
• Energy Planning and Management
• Sustainable Development
• Metrics, Measurement and Verification
• Awareness/Communication
• Incentives/Credits Best Practices Tools


The following are focus areas that, when operationally optimized, will significantly reduce energy and carbon footprints

  • Evaluate operating hours of mechanical equipment, particularly HVAC, to minimize hours of operation and factor in any opportunities to avoid demand charges for high load periods or take advantage on any incentives for operating in low load periods
  • Adjust building temperatures meet temperature requirements during occupied hours and minimize off hours conditioning.
  • Evaluate lighting usage, hours of operation, lighting levels vs. requirements and efficiency of current lighting systems and controls.
  • Conduct regular building walk-throughs to better understand what is operating, the need to operate and the operating set points.
  • Evaluate building actual occupancy vs. perceived occupancy.
  • Evaluate ability to reduce either steam of compressed air pressures, either totally or for selected times during the 24 hour day. Each lb. of reduction can save significant energy dollars.
  • Implement robust steam trap and compressed air maintenance programs to minimize leaks
  • Evaluate filter program, moving toward pressure drop as an indicator of need to change rather than time lapse
  • Meet with key occupants to clearly understand their building needs. This dialogue opens up communication, may reveal additional savings opportunities, clarifies what the client deems important and often softens resistance to energy reduction initiatives
  • Insure thermostats are calibrated and located in appropriate position to control dedicated space
  • Check exterior windows and doors for excessive air leakage
  • Establish high efficiency standard for replacement motors and Energy Star rated appliances and equipment


    Research shows that 15-20% of municipal solid waste comes from construction and demolition projects.
    Four types of construction/renovation projects involve waste management:
    • Construction
    • Renovation
    • Deconstruction
    • Demolition

     The goal of Sustainable Waste management is to maximize the amount of waste salvaged or recycled
    Construction Waste Stream Activities



    Salvage (Reuse)                                    

    • Allow scrap reuse where possible
    • Remove as early in project as possible
    • Save large scraps for use in other projects


    • Return durable packaging to supplier
    • Separate Wastes
    • Post list of material to be recycled and where to place them
    • Place properly marked recycle containers around site
    • Schedule sufficient collection frequency
    • Move bins close to work locations
    • Reward participation in recycling program
    • Construction Waste Management Plan
    • Identify responsible party to create and manage plan
    • Identify types and quantity of waste
    • List waste management options
    • Identify disposal sites and waste management contractors
    • Establish finalized waste management procedures
    • Conduct plan training
    • Document any site constraints
    • Document actual waste produced
    • Monitor plan implementation and update plan as necessary
    • Conduct post project review



The continuous, systematic process for evaluating the business practices, products,  services, work processes and operations of an organization that are identified as best  in class for the purpose of organizational improvement.

Primary Objective--Identify and adapt best practices

  • Meeting customer requirements and expectations
  • Adapt industry best practices
  • Become more competitive
  • Set relevant, realistic and achievable goals
  • Develop accurate measures of productivity
  • Create support and momentum for internal cultural change
  • Set and refine strategies
  • Warn of failure
  • Test effectiveness of quality programs
  • Re-engineering
  • Promote more effective problem solving
  • Challenge the status quo -Fostering  creativity

  • Internal benchmarking
  • Competitive benchmarking
  • Collaborative benchmarking
  • Shadow benchmarking
  • Functional benchmarking
  • World-class benchmarking

  • Accuracy- failures/errors
  • Productivity- per unit
  • Efficiency- per unit
  • Response- time
  • Speed- cycle
  • Stock out- availability
  • Downtime- reliability
  • Product stability- change orders
  • Product quality- yields
  • Asset utilization- turns
  • Dependability- Variance from standard
  • Capacity- volume
  • Service- on time
  • Value- innovation
  • Cost- per unit
  • Consumption- per unit
  • Waste- per unit
  • Complaints- per unit


    Definition--Development of a robust and comprehensive plan for the optimized purchase, generation and usage of energy and utilities
    Energy Master Plan Attributes

    • Flexibility
    • Agility
    • Understanding of Core Client Values and the strategies that arise from them
    • Ability to effectively incorporate and serve the needs of a diverse/tenant/shareholder/client base
    • Ability to optimize financial returns, energy efficiency and carbon reduction

    Energy Master Plan Component Areas

    • Overall Purpose/Objective
    • Phases
    • Energies
    • Targets/Metrics
    • Reporting
    • Management Systems
    • Procurement
    • Guides/Standards
    • Operations/Maintenance
    • Renewable Energies
    • Energy Generation/Delivery
    • Compliance
    • Program Management
    • Project Management
    • Communications/Awareness
    • Transportation
    • Change Management

  • For more information on Sustainabilty, please visit the following:

    • ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small to Medium Office Buildings: 50% Energy Savings Towards Net Zero Enery Building is now available for download.

    • APPA's sustainability guide for academic campuses, The Educational Professional's Practical Guide to Reducing the Campus Carbon Footprint, is now available for free download.

    •  Info re: new ISO 50001:2001 is now available for free download. "The purpose of this International Standard is to enable organizations to establish the systems and processes necessary to improve energy performance, including energy effciency, use and consumption."

    •  The FMJ July/August issue is all about sustainability. The cover story gives a different perspective on sustainability lables; the issue also covers the basics from a water audit to carbon foot printing, from cool roofs and photovoltaic to LED lighting and energy efficiencies, and from the convention centers to shopping centers.

    •  The IFMA Foundation's Energy Star Portfolio Manager 'How-to' Guide has been updated and is now available for free download. Don't forget, you will need to log in to the IFMA Community website before you can access this guide. While you are there, subscribe to the Sustainability Special Interest Group forum.

    We will look to update the Sustainability Corner content on a regular basis, and certainly seek input from our members regarding information, best practices, etc. that they would like to share with fellow members.

    The following link will take you to the current issue of College Planning & Management and its article entitled "Green Cleaning Gets Ever Greener" in which it states how there is an emerging practice of replacing many of the current crop of green cleaning products with something even greener.....WATER.
    Click Here to view