Facility Forum - Spring 2016 - (Page 44)

ENERGy CHAMPION Promoting Responsible Energy use By Ian Storey, P. Eng., President, I.B. Storey Inc. conserve. In essence the question is, "If we've done an energy project once, haven't we done our part?" It reflects a general logic that there should be some end to our energy management activities. The answer to the question, however, is, "Never stop squeezing the beaver." Recreation facilities consume enormous amounts of energy. (Yes, even the really efficient ones.) Responsible use of that energy falls to the team that inherits the building. Regardless of how well or poorly the construction process went, your recreation facility is what you are given. The challenge is to make what you have into the most efficient cost-effective recreation facility possible, understanding that the facility exists to provide the service of recreation. It is not an energy management research laboratory. So, when do we stop squeezing the beaver? Never. Why? Because while technologies advance and fiscally responsible business cases emerge with these improved technologies, being an energy champion is also about promoting a culture of responsible energy use. If we could heat our pools or freeze our rinks by a wave of our hand and mumbling, "abracadabra," then we would not need to use energy to deliver these services. A mumbling more probable than "abracadabra" at a recreation facility can't be printed here, but is often heard due to the somewhat mystical appearance of utility changes such as the "global adjustment charge" that some consider a type of sorcery, undermining all of their energy cost-reduction activities. RECREATiOn FACiLiTiES COnSUME EnORMOUS AMOUnTS OF EnERGy. RESPOnSiBLE USE OF ThAT EnERGy FALLS TO ThE TEAM ThAT inhERiTS ThE BUiLDinG. Getting Started Step 1: Start with a review of what an energy champion would call "infrastructure and resources." In this case, the resources aren't necessarily referring to financial. Ask the question, "Who's Welcome to the Energy Champion Series developed exclusively for the ORFA. In the last 10 years, the topic of energy management has emerged from niche to mainstream. However, you don't have to be a dedicated energy manager to be an energy champion. It's important to broaden our thinking as it pertains to the topic of energy. If your facility is municipally owned, it's very likely that someone within your organization has already been given the duty of energy management. The specific dedicated goals and objectives of that role illustrate just how mainstream this topic has become in our society. However, being an energy champion is about promoting responsible energy use in your facility and encouraging the culture of improving efficiencies whenever possible. "Squeezing the Beaver" I once had a student ask, "At what point do we stop squeezing the beaver?" This was a truly Canadian moment, the nuances of which my American students might not appreciate. The beaver, proudly appearing on the flipside of the Canadian five-cent coin, seems to be continually squeezed in pursuit of responsible energy usage at recreation facilities. Though seemingly straightforward, there is a lot one can derive from this question. It's actually highly insightful, conveying the sense of being overwhelmed by the need to constantly 44 | ontario recreation FacilitieS aSSociation Measuring Success It's not sorcery. It is, however, one of the many constraints that we need to accept as part of the reality of our world. These apparently random changes on our utility bills frequently act as a de-motivator. I would suggest that in a true sense of competitive sport, it should actually be the motivator. If you've tried to make improvements and feel like everything you do is just being "taken back" in cost increases and miscellaneous charges, you probably aren't scoring yourself effectively. How we measure success has a lot to do with our motivation. A poor system involves the dollars at the bottom of the bill. Yes, that's right, measuring by dollars is actually a poor system. External market issues often cause havoc on the total utility charges. A 10 per cent reduction in usage may appear as a 2 per cent increase in cost. But a 10 per cent reduction is a big win for everyone, despite the bottom line. When we talk about becoming an energy champion in your organization, it's not about large multimillion dollar capital projects. It's about leveraging the hand you have been dealt. Even if there's someone else that deals with that in your team, that doesn't mean you can't also be an energy champion.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Spring 2016

CAO’s Message
Industry Watch
Rink on the Roof
ORFA Professional Development Pillars
A World without Grass
Asset Management for Public Facilities
Risk Management
Modernization of Safe Food and Water Regulations under the Health Protection and Promotion Act
Health & Safety
An Amazing Transformation
Member Profile
Hockey Injury Lawsuit Dismissed
Energy Champion
Index of Advertisers

Facility Forum - Spring 2016