Survey explores the current practices, challenges and needs of maintenance and energy management programs

Source: PlantServices.com

Dec 30, 2009

In May 2009, data was collected from survey respondents in the United States, Canada and Mexico to complete a survey of current practices, challenges and needs of maintenance and energy management programs. This survey is part of a PhD thesis, A Framework for Improving Building Operating Decisions, currently being written by Angela Lewis.

Over 167 completed surveys were used to develop the summary. Survey participants included: 

  • Facility directors
  • Facility managers
  • Engineers
  • Commissioning agenets
  • Maintenance technicans
  • Maintenance service providers
  • Architects

Many practical, implementable findings resulted from the survey, including:

Goal setting: When starting a new project, emphasis should be placed on energy and maintenance management goal setting. The team should be encouraged to revisit the goals over the entire duration of the project.

Use of meters and sensors: In order to gather energy performance data, submeters and sensors must be installed. Proper planning of how the data will be used and collected is critical to successful energy performance tracking.

Proactive maintenance: Although cost savings from proactive maintenance are important, the needs and motivation of all facility management team members, including facility executives, facility managers and technicians, must be understood for a proactive maintenance project to be successful.

For more information about the survey, click here.

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