The following issues are covered in this chapter.
- Sustainability is often quoted, but less frequently defined in practical terms. In the case of facilities, it covers, amongst others, operations that do not impact negatively on the environment and the provision of space that is affordable into the future.
- Sustainable development, environmental management and corporate social responsibility are closely aligned, since they draw together the principles of sustainability, environmental impact and obligations to the rest of society.
- Environmental management systems should be adopted by all organizations, irrespective of size. They can produce cost savings and reduce corporate and individual environmental liability, and are increasingly regarded as a responsible way of doing business.
- Zero carbon is an achievable goal for all facilities in the future. For the present, facilities need to be designed, constructed and managed in ways that minimize their contribution to carbon emissions in each key phase of their life cycle.
- Energy efficiency is a target for legislators and so organizations need to act to ensure that the energy performance of their facilities falls within acceptable limits. Building energy management systems (BEMS) support the drive for greater energy efficiency by monitoring, controlling and optimizing building services engineering installations.
- Water is a scarce resource and one that can be needlessly wasted. Effective ...