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Sustainability of tenant spaces important, expert says | 21 December 2012

Making tenant spaces more sustainable should be high on the agenda of the green building industry.

That’s according to comments from Clay Nesler, who works as the vice-president for global energy and sustainability for the Building Efficiency sector of Johnson Controls Inc.

He told greenbiz.com that it’s all very well predicting ahead of time how ‘green’ a building will be – but the reality of how sustainable it actually is once tenants take over must be taken into account too. “The industry needs to shift its attention to demonstrating performance, not just predicting it – greening tenant spaces, not just base buildings – and improving existing buildings,” he exclaimed.

“This suggests taking a life-cycle approach to designing, delivering, operating and improving high-performance buildings and tenant spaces,” Nesler added.

He went on to confirm that over half of the energy used up by industrial or commercial spaces is attributed to the tenant spaces themselves. This is why maintenance and management of energy over time should be considered, not just how a building will run in the first six months. Nesler suggested using “building re-commissioning” to support this.

This involves re-assessing a building’s sustainability every six years or so, in a bid to improve its green credentials – or restore them to what they once were. Continuous improvement is key, Nesler said; with standards like ISO-50001 (for Energy Management Systems) supporting this.

Also cited by alive2green.com, the sustainability expert concluded by saying that long-term planning and systematic delivery will be key to achieving these aims too.

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Qube Global Software. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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