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Energy Expert explores the growing range of energy related opportunities and risks facing today’s Energy Manager. Peter Garforth draws from his considerable track record in establishing successful energy productivity programs that create profitable business solutions and enhanced competitiveness.

Energy management: Let's not forget the buildings

Peter Garforth says don’t underestimate the size of the energy-efficiency opportunities in your facility.

By Peter Garforth
May 3, 2016

In many industries, energy use in manufacturing processes far outweighs its use in powering offices and factory buildings. In others, real estate is a major portion of the energy use total. In still other industries, the separation between “process” and “building” energy may be artificial if interior conditions are critical to production. Regardless, in my experience, the efficiency opportunity presented by buildings in North America is vastly underestimated and the effort to capture the opportunity grossly overestimated.

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