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Building Operating Management

Energy Efficiency: Tips to Improve Energy Performance

By Naomi Millàn, Associate Editor September 2008 - Energy Efficiency   Article Use Policy

Stuart Reeve, energy manager at the Fort Collins, Colo., Poudre School District, offers some ideas for success in achieving exceptional energy performance.

  • Make sure you can work with the entire architectural team and that they’re open to new ideas. Instead of sticking to standard practices, they’re going to have to meet the project’s performance goals. “You have to find someone who is willing to drop their fences and really collaborate,” he says.
  • Commissioning should be part of substantial completion. Rather than accepting a handover at 70 percent completion, try to achieve 90 percent. “It’s worth the extra dollar per square foot it will cost to get a commissioner involved,” Reeve says.
  • Embrace the cutting-edge, instead of the bleeding-edge, of innovations. Accept that it’s a continuous learning experience and try things out. “You don’t want to get out there too far with the technology, but get out there,” Reeve says. Networking with other facility executives can help expose you to innovations.


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