Importance of Energy Efficient Building Operations

Building Operator, Building Maintenance, Building Energy, Building Operations, Building Energy Costs, Queens College, Queen's College Building Operator Living in a bustling world-class metropolis such as Toronto, one must admit that the city is consistently growing on a daily basis. New construction sites and buildings are springing up, giving Toronto and its metropolitan area a new image overnight. With them, there is a rise in demand for a profession with a limited supply.

Nowadays, employing building operators to run a facility is a commodity. On the other hand, employing building operators that have extensive knowledge of efficient building systems maintenance and cost effective building operations is a privilege.

Today’s buildings and facilities consist of very complex systems that are heavily intertwined. They rely on constant monitoring, and the efficient operation of individual equipment components. Many buildings hold tremendous opportunities for increasing energy efficiency by improving and maintaining their operational systems. Low cost improvements can save between 5% to 20% on a building’s annual energy bill.[1]

Having an understanding why building systems are operated and maintained the way they are, where and what improvements are most beneficial and cost effective is the first step towards obtaining energy efficient building performance.[2]

The Operation & Management Best Practices Series report suggests that by keeping expensive building and operational systems functioning efficiently reduces the risk of early equipment failure, unscheduled down time, high utility costs, and loss of tenants. Nowadays, every aspect of building operations revolves around economic efficiency and minimizing the chances of the aforementioned risks actually occurring. The need for economic efficiency increases opportunities for reducing operating costs and maintaining comfort. Additionally, a building that has excellent comfort and low operating costs gives a building owner the ability to attract new tenants and retain existing ones.[3]

As stated in the O&M Best Practices Series reports, energy efficient operation means operating an energy consuming device in a facility so that it uses as much energy as needed in order to fulfill its required function. Energy efficient operations consist of: purchasing clean and reliable energy at the lowest cost; replacing old equipment and systems with new, efficient technologies; and operating energy consuming equipment at efficient levels. Knowledge of these three elements has very high potential for savings and maintaining a facility within a certain financial budget.

In many instances, the cost savings generated by a building operator that has sufficient knowledge in energy management can cover or even exceed his or her salary.

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There are many ways that building operators can help a facility operate more efficiently and profitably. As previously stated, having a building operator is a commodity. Having a building operator with knowledge of efficient building systems maintenance and cost effective building operations is a privilege. The economic and operational efficiencies that an experienced building operator brings to a facility, most definitely outweigh the heavy losses that may be endured by a poorly managed facility that is in a consistent need for additional repairs or upgrades. Certainly, in a heavily populated and urbanized city such as Toronto with ever-rising operational costs, one cannot help but agree that efficiency is a number one priority for building owners and evenly balanced budgets are an absolute necessity for a facility to yield the highest return possible.

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[1] (O&M Assessments – Enhancing Energy Efficient Building Operation, 1999).
[2] (O&M Assessments – Enhancing Energy Efficient Building Operation, 1999).
[3] (O&M Assessments – Enhancing Energy Efficient Building Operation, 1999).