Ecolution: the guide to your sustainability journey
You cannot use an arbitrary approach for making your real estate sustainable in smart ways; it takes clearly defined goals and a well-thought-out plan. This way you avoid thoughtless investments and other pitfalls. Strukton Worksphere is happy to undertake a sustainability journey with you – from clear goals to guaranteed performance. Rob Daams, Manager Technical Support & Consultancy, shares his very best advice with you in this blog.
As facility manager you have a great, but demanding job. Your aim is to provide users with a healthy, clean, safe, comfortable and hospitable building. With well-functioning systems and the least possible malfunctions or fuss. Naturally, all nicely within budget. All of this is already challenging enough, without adding another complex challenge in recent years: making your building sustainable. The interventions needed to do this in turn impact the aspects mentioned earlier.
There are so many options and pitfalls in the energy transition, that our customers often ask themselves: “What is the best way to approach this?” After all, is there anyone who really knows what the forest of laws and regulations exactly demands of them? And who clearly understands what is possible or necessary in their building and exactly what the energy measures will produce in the end? Never mind the impact of their choices on things such as comfort and convenience.
If there is one piece of advice that I would give to companies aiming to become sustainable, it is this: adopt an integrated approach.
Band-aids and impractical plansWe often see that companies repair and replace their building systems on a rather ad-hoc basis. A band-aid approach without an integrated plan or a clear vision. Broken boiler? No problem, just replace it with a new one. The really major interventions are shifted indefinitely into the future. But this leaves you with the uneasy feeling that you are not on track in terms of meeting the increasingly stringent environmental requirements. Sounds familiar?
Working without a clear plan is a clear pitfall. However, this also applies to working with a plan that does not reflect reality. I regularly hear about elaborate advice that has been discarded because the installer shook his head and indicated it could not be implemented as proposed. So, yet another issue for the facility manager: who should you engage for what part of the sustainability process? How do you prevent all kinds of difficult handovers between different parties?
Strukton Worksphere Ecolution: integrated sustainabilityMy colleagues and I have been encountering these issues at our customers for years. This inspired us to continue to increasingly further develop our offer of services. We not only work on implementing sustainability, but provide the guidance needed to take the right steps from the very beginning. We view sustainability as a journey. A journey in which we together map out an ideal route to the desired destination. Whereby we guarantee that you will reach that destination, without any unpleasant surprises along the way. We refer to this journey, the integrated offer of services, as Ecolution.
If there is one piece of advice that I would give to companies aiming to become sustainable, it is this: adopt an integrated approach. What I mean by this is that you must map out the entire situation in advance – all obligations, goals, wishes and practical options, as well as aspects such as health, comfort, safety and circularity. And, furthermore, that you must develop a well-thought-out and convincing business plan and a clear roadmap that sets out the most suitable interventions and investments in an ideal schedule. As much as possible making use of natural moments, for example, to replace a certain system. Thanks to this integrated approach you will also reach your other goals together with your sustainability goals, and avoid any surprises.
Guaranteed PerformanceEcolution’s strength is this integrated approach. That, and the fact that we really guarantee the building performance we promise. Through constant monitoring and making adjustments where necessary, we ensure that we reach the agreed upon sustainability goals. Even when the situation in and around the building changes.
If you are open to this and if you are curious about what we can do for you, read more about Strukton Worksphere Ecolution here. We are pleased to be your guide in your sustainability journey.
And for the sake of clarity, you can of course ‘get on board’ halfway along the way as well. Our experts are ready to, for example, install a specific technical solution or to carry out an Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) Audit. But keep in mind that we will also want to ask you a few questions about your goals and strategy...