The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) led World FM Day 2022 takes the theme ‘Leading a sustainable future’ – a concept that Mears Facilities Management drive to continuously improve the service we provide to our clients.
The purpose of World FM Day is to recognise and celebrate the vital work that workplace and facilities managers and the wider industry contributes to businesses worldwide. It aims to raise the profile of the facilities profession anywhere that its practitioners influence the health, safety, productivity, and wellbeing of people who use the built environment. Our UK wide teams of Facilities Management professionals work behind the scenes to make sure that everything runs smoothly and the people who use our clients facilities have what they need and want. World Facilities Management Day celebrates the importance of these people and the role they play.
FM in the spotlight
The pandemic has raised the profile of many roles that were once carried out ‘behind the scenes’. Our FM teams have shown dedication and expertise to clients, leading the changes that made and continue to make their sites safe and usable. Facilities management puts us in an important position to improve clients’ work, making buildings and assets safer, more productive and more sustainable.
Leading the sustainable future drive for FM is our Inverness Branch led by IWFM Newcomer of the Year Award winner, Alex Ballintine, and his team who are working closely with The Highland Council to develop sustainability plans and projects for our Alpha Schools contract incorporating 11 schools across the Highlands who have experienced a hard hit from the current energy crisis.
Current initiatives include:
- Conducting energy usage surveys to understand current usage and identify key target areas
- Assessing the viability of installing a pool cover to help maintain temperature and reduce energy required to heat the swimming pool at our special needs school (scheduled to be installed during school summer holidays 2022)
- Reviewing and reducing temperature set points
- Reviewing and altering heating set times
- Engagement with building users to raise awareness and positively impact energy management
- Survey and upgrade lights to LED across high energy sites
Not only do branch want to reduce energy consumption, they are also investigating the viability of renewable energy, with the large roof space being considered for solar panels. They are also delighted to announce a reduction of 15% on energy usage since the initiative started in November 2021.
Well done Mears FM, your continued efforts to be more sustainable are truly inspiring. Now is the time for all of us to do our part.
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