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IWFM publishes new guidance for building energy management

Mar 20, 2024 | Public | 0 comments

A new and updated Energy Management Good Practice Guide (GPG) has been published by the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) in partnership with energy management expert, Carbon Numbers.

The GPG addresses critical energy consumption challenges and strategies against the backdrop of climate change and energy crises, acknowledging the key role workplace and facilities management (WFM) plays in achieving organisational sustainability outcomes.

Its timely publication follows the results of IWFM’s recent Sustainability Survey in February 2024. Based on the insights of 620 facilities managers, findings revealed that the sector’s professionals are insufficiently involved in organisations’ plans around energy efficiency and carbon reduction. Just 13 per cent of FMs reported having an input in the entire process, whilst others were not involved at all.

Neil Fright FIWFM, CEO of Carbon Numbers, emphasised the critical need to support WFM in delivering best practice in energy reduction and management.

He said: “We all see the daily, and often devastating, effects of climate change, and carbon reduction is at the top of the agenda for change. The energy crisis has also brought focus on the cost of utilities and the key question remains how to make buildings smarter and more efficient, reduce costs and minimise carbon emissions.

“This guide will bring valuable insights to aid FMs in managing this key area, assisting them in seeking the finances and resources they need as well as evaluating best practice, setting targets and reporting outcomes.”

Produced from a WFM perspective, the GPG recognises the complexity of the FM role whilst providing a structured engagement framework to facilitate informed decision-making processes in energy management. It offers practical advice on developing an energy policy, goal setting, and long-term management, interwoven with insights from common challenges and experiences.

Sofie Hooper, Head of Policy and Research at IWFM, said: “We’re excited to bring this resource to our members at a time when they continue to navigate a complex and uncertain energy market, while trying to meet much-needed ambitious corporate climate change targets which will require thoughtful investment approaches. Sustainability is a core pillar of activity for IWFM and this GPG takes into account what we’ve seen evidenced in our recently published Sustainability Survey Report.”

The Energy Management Good Practice Guide is available for download by IWFM members, and non-members are invited to review a preview.

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