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SuSTAiNABiLiTy-hOw ThE FACiLiTiES TEAM CAN CONTriBuTE AUTHOR kirk beaudoin, leed green Associate, FMA, rFMP chAllenge: Sustainability. Everyone is looking to lower costs and to save money, and many companies are now building LEED certified stores to benefit from long-term savings. It’s everywhere now, taking on many different names and forms. LEED, Energy Star, Green Seal. Almost everywhere there’s a product touting a greener version available. There are many websites and magazine articles that speak to sustainability opportunities, and many highlight the main LEED categories and point out key areas to address. Many are items that a facilities team may not have much control over, or have input on, and likely lie with new store construction departments. However, a facilities department can help drive changes through partnership and education with other groups, in the areas that they may not have direct control over. Even if a company is not building LEED certified stores, there are still many ways the company’s facilities department can participate in sustainability efforts, which contribute toward costs savings and reduce the carbon footprint. Some may not seem like they provide a cost saving benefit, but when looking at things holistically, it’s still the right thing to do. The key stance in sustainability is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The examples noted in this paper are a compilation of the many programs and standards modifications that were executed over the years in efforts to become more sustainable, energy efficient and more recently to earn LEED credits in conjunction with new store construction. best PrActice: Here are examples of changes to standard specifications that contribute toward sustainability, energy efficiency and/or earning LEED credits: • Convert neon exterior signage to LED. The company’s store development department changed the standard years ago for new store construction, and facilities followed suit, utilizing LED for all signage upgrade projects from then on. LED is more energy efficient, resulting in lower utility costs, and a noticeable reduction in signage repair work requests has been realized. • Look for recycled content or renewable resources in flooring materials. While factory stores had always used ‘Re-Grind’ (a rubber type flooring made from recycled shoes), there were additional flooring materials elsewhere in the store providing more areas for improvement. The facilities team partnered with the store development department and worked toward replacing the carpet standard in the offices with one with a much higher recycled content (this carpet can also be recycled through the manufacturer when replaced in the future). Polished concrete became the new sales floor standard, replacing the old epoxy type, providing a longer lasting and more durable surface. Store personnel are able to clean and maintain the polished floors much easier and quicker than the epoxy flooring, and the janitorial cost per square foot is lower on the polished flooring and requires less effort, time and material to maintain. 54 | 2012 Best Practices http://www.prsm.com/bestpractices

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PRSM 2012 Best Practices

Conducting Multi-Site Paving Improvements to Ensure Continuity
Conducting Multi-Site Paving Improvements to Ensure Continuity
Exterior Rebranding
Exterior Rebranding
Getting the Most Value Out of Roof Management
Getting the Most Value Out of Roof Management
Pervious Concrete Pavement Solves Drainage Challenge
Pervious Concrete Pavement Solves Drainage Challenge
Pervious Pavement: Concrete Solutions to Driveway Stormwater Drainage and Sustainability Problems
Pervious Pavement: Concrete Solutions to Driveway Stormwater Drainage and Sustainability Problems
Applying Bipolar Ionization to Improve Indoor Air Quality and Save Energy
Determining Responsibility for Ceiling Leaks
HVAC Maintenance and Repairs Quote Review
Managing HVAC Energy Usage Without Installing an Energy Management System
Solving HVAC Issues on Landlord Operated Systems
Creating a Standardized Cleaning Chemical Program
Floor Replacement Planning and Execution
Improving Pest Control Monitoring to Maintain Store Cleanliness
Streamlining Store Cleaning Through Internal Benchmarking
LED Conversion Bolsters Ambiance, Bottom Line and Environment.
LED Gas Canopy Lighting Upgrade
Lighting Maintenance
Retrofitting Signage with LED Technology
Performing Basic Troubleshooting to Save Money
Implementing Repair Audits to Ensure Customer Safety
Improving Quality, Cost and Schedule Through Safety Education
Managing Extended Power Outages Through Emergency Response
Managing Risk Through Slip Resistance Testing
Creating Energy Teams to Pursue Opportunities
Formulating Green Solutions
Making Data Centers LEED Compliant
Outfitting Facilities with an Eye on ENERGY STAR Certification
Recycling Cooling Water From Air Conditioning Systems for Toilet and Landscaping Use
Sustainability-How the Facilities Team Can Contribute
Driving Down Waste Expense
Reducing Trash and Recycling Expense for Retail Locations
Transferring Compactor Maintenance to a Service Vendor
Waste Service Efficiency and Compliance
Waste Evaluation and Right Sizing to Reduce Cost
Asset and Service Warranty Tracking and Management: More Fully Realizing the Value of Budget Expenditures
Conducting an Organized Meeting
Proactive Maintenance Scheduling and Delivery
Repair Reductions by Participating in Design and Construction Table
Streamlining the Store Closing Process
Achieving Process Improvement Through Onsite Assessment of KPIs
Forecasting a Maintenance and Repair Budget
How to Calculate Return on Investment
Tracking Finances for Facilities
Centralizing Vendor Training and Management
Creating a Service Vendor Call Center to Save End Users’ Money
Answering a Call Status Challenge with an IVR Solution
Communicating Product Recalls Using a CMMS-Inspired Module
Doing More with Less and Saving Money in the Process
Ensuring the Accuracy of Web-Based Maintenance Requests
Establishing an End to End Procure-to-Pay Process
Leveraging Existing Technologies to Provide Updated Process Improvements
Quality Management of Bundled Periodic Services
Reduced Dashboard Time at Supply Houses
Parking Lot Management
Creating Best-In-Class Snow and Ice Management White Paper
Energy Savings/HVAC Air Filter Bypass
Managing a Retail Lighting Retrofit Project – Bright Ways to Improve Your Lighting and Your Bottom Line!
Managing Energy Usage with Interval Meter Calibration
Navigating the Department of Energy’s Higher Efficiency Regulations
Supplier Insights into Competitive Sourcing White Paper
Testing HVAC System Options to Reduce Costs and Labor
Understanding Retail Facilities Sourcing White Paper
Glossary of Acronyms and Terms
Index.

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