5 WAYS TO IMPROVE FACILITY MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS
With over 5.6 million commercial buildings in the United States, many people, employees and consumers alike, expect facilities to be sustainable—through energy conservation, solid waste management and recycling, and resource conservation, to name a few. But what many people don’t realize is that a sustainable business cannot be achieved without efficient facility management.
1. UPGRADE ASSETS AND EQUIPMENT
If you can’t remember the last time your building’s assets and equipment have been updated, chances are there is room to invest in more efficient models. One of the primary responsibilities of a facility manager includes keeping an eye on the newest technologies that will make the most significant impact on building operations. For most buildings, efficiency opportunities include upgrading HVAC systems, installing LED lighting, and adding, or replacing, equipment to improve sustainability, boost efficiency, and, ultimately, lower costs. Wolf Commercial Real Estate suggests that investing in energy efficiency can yield a return on investment (ROI) of 30 to 40 percent, and an improvement in net operating income (NOI).
2. KEEP FACILITIES CLEAN
With health and wellness top of mind for most building executives and employees, especially due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, facility managers can’t afford to overlook keeping their buildings clean. Ensuring hygienic working conditions are one increasingly significant responsibility of facilities managers that help promote a healthier, safer, and more efficient workplace environment.
3. EVOLVE WASTE AND RECYCLING OPERATIONS
Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that nearly 75 percent of all waste that ends up in landfills is recyclable? This is a result of poor waste management and inefficient recycling practices that lead to contamination, which can also incur high waste costs for your business if not kept in check. Two primary ways to improve your waste management and operations is by evaluating your waste and recycling contract and streamlining recycling and tonnage reporting.
Additionally, an effective waste and recycling partner can also provide reports to help you evaluate your monthly recycling rates. Advanced reporting and monthly insights can help facility managers understand how to create and meet sustainability goals as well as identify areas for improvement across internal waste and recycling practices.
4. EVALUATE YOUR WASTE HAULER SCHEDULE
Whether they know it or not, businesses may be paying for a service frequency they don’t need. If your waste and recycling containers are empty, or only half full every week, this is costing your business money. Speak to your hauler about changing your collection schedule to meet your demand or work with a partner that can manage this relationship and make these requests on behalf of your business. Adjusting your pickup frequency is just one way to make a significant impact on your bottom line.
5. OPTIMIZE YOUR EQUIPMENT
When it comes to waste and recycling containers, choosing the right ones will go a long way in driving cost savings. Not only will optimizing your equipment with quality top of mind help it last longer, but ensuring you have the proper container sizes to accommodate your waste generation can also lower operational costs. Don’t hesitate to work with service providers for the best options based on your company’s waste and recycling needs. They can help you determine the number of bins needed for indoor and outdoor placement, and which types (lidded or unlidded, various sizes) will be best suited for your operations.