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August 30, 2013 -
Today's tip of the day is LEED-EBOM certification, and how to keep your building operating as efficiently as it did the day the plaque was hung on the wall.
Generally, the idea of "bridging the gap" between design and operations is a new construction notion — but it should applied to existing buildings as well, especially for buildings that have spent the time, energy, and money to become LEED-EBOM certified.
LEED EBOM encourages continuous improvement and even recertification well after the plaque is on the wall. But that doesn't that continuous improvement will happen automatically. It takes a focused approach and a dedication to goal-setting and goal-achieving to ensure that operations continue to be efficient. In fact, one facility manager's only-partially-facetious advice about the first thing to do after you get your LEED plaque is to throw it away.
The LEED plaque is merely a piece of recognition that your building did well in terms of energy and water use for a short period of time. But to get better, facility managers must stay on top of all the initiatives they put in place as a result of their LEED initiative.
Additionally, facility managers must constantly engage building occupants and upper managers with contests, newsletters, and other forms of regular communication. This lets them know that LEED goals continue after certification and that continuous improvement — especially in terms of energy and water savings — is the real goal.