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FMA releases Good Practice Guide on Energy Management

The Facility Management Association's newly released Good Practice Guide on Energy Management, which was supported through the Commonwealth Government’s climate solutions funding package, arms professionals with the information and resources needed to achieve more efficient energy outcomes across a range of facilities.

Better energy management delivers a wide range of benefits to businesses and workplaces – from improved comfort and productivity, to reduced operating costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

As we face the post-COVID-19 financial crisis, there is a general consensus that energy efficiency will play a key role in Australia’s economic recovery. It is not only the cheapest way to cut GHG emissions, but it also brings the added benefits of creating jobs and making energy more affordable.

Energy management and the low-carbon future 
The Good Practice Guide on Energy Management will play an important role in helping the building sector to reduce its carbon footprint. The operation of buildings (including houses, hospitals, schools and offices) accounts for up to 40% of total energy consumption and GHG emissions.

While much progress has been made in the design and construction of more energy-efficient buildings, new buildings make up only a small proportion of the overall building stock. With most buildings more than 10 years old, it is critical that facilities users and managers are well equipped to manage their energy.

By providing these tools, the guide will help to ensure the sustainability of our environment, as well as the viability of businesses, especially in light of the economic downturn and rising energy costs.

The important role of facilities managers 
Facilities managers are uniquely placed to enable better energy management within the built environment. They have an intricate understanding of the buildings they manage and a broad network of stakeholders, frequently interacting with owners, occupants and the service providers responsible for the property, plant and equipment.

The guide highlights the valuable role that facilities managers play in promoting the benefits and drivers of energy management and encouraging action among building stakeholders. It also explains how facilities managers can identify, plan and implement energy management initiatives across a range of areas, including energy supply, HVAC, lighting and office equipment.

How to use the Good Practice Guide
The guide is designed to help facilities managers achieve the full potential of energy management within their facilities. It covers a range of building types and sectors, including offices, retail, education, entertainment, community and health facilities.

The guide can be used by facilities managers and building occupants to:

  • assess their energy management outcomes
  • develop and implement energy management strategies and projects
  • assess the cost and benefits of energy management initiatives.

It is supported by a series of templates that facilities managers can use to develop an energy management approach that is tailored to the characteristics of their unique facility. The guide complements the Energy Management for Facilities Managers training program.

Download the Good Practice Guide on Energy Management