The importance of energy efficiency in facilities management for 2022

Facilities management experts and industry analysts predict that in 2022, there will be a growing trend toward energy efficiency. 

Arguably, the COVID-19 pandemic raised further awareness of our impact on the environment and the climate challenges we face on a global scale. Since February 2020, NASA researchers found that pandemic restrictions have reduced global nitrogen dioxide concentrations by nearly 20%

Naturally, many businesses and governments have called for economic recovery policies to take shape to create a greener post-pandemic future. 

The good news is that facilities managers can implement an effective framework of energy-efficient practices to help reduce their carbon footprint and curb resource depletion in the process. 

Some of the ways FM teams can improve energy efficiency in 2022 include: 

 

Natural lighting – commercial buildings are increasingly taking advantage of natural light through the use of skylights and by using exterior glazing to improve lighting conditions. 

This will not only improve energy efficiency, but worker satisfaction and productivity by influencing your natural circadian cycle, alongside reducing the amount of eye-strain and fatigue from artificial lighting. 

 

Living roofs – using green roofs in cities or other commercial environments will help insulate buildings against extreme temperatures while providing a habitat for wildlife. 

This kind of landscaping also helps to absorb excess water which reduces the burden on local sewer systems during storms. 

 

Manage power distribution – Power distribution optimization has become a popular facilities management practice in many businesses that want to reduce utility bills. 

Facility managers are able to monitor their electric usage throughout the day and identify when equipment such as HVAC and lighting may be causing large surges in power consumption – saving money by automatically turning off the building’s systems during unoccupied hours. 

 

Proactive maintenance – Finally, by investing in smart technology and data, facilities managers are able to better manage assets and equipment, as well as plan for future needs. 

This will prevent unplanned downtime, and avoid any major failures or faults with machinery and equipment that could affect operational efficiency. 

 

Get in touch 

Here at hebs Group, we offer a complete maintenance service to our customers, helping clients with their ongoing needs. 

Contact us now on 0151 2360707 or drop us an email to info@hebs-group.co.uk we’ll be happy to help with any enquiries.

 

How your business can be successful with hybrid working

For many businesses, it is estimated that more than 50% of the workforce in the UK will be remote. 

The digital world is changing everything about the way organisations run. It is enabling new ways to work and providing an opportunity for businesses to have a flexible workforce that can operate across different time zones, even continents!

But how do you make this possible? How do you blend traditional ways of working with modern ways? And more importantly, how do you provide employees with the same level of support as those who are based in your office?

Here are some of the ways your business can be successful with hybrid working.

  1. What’s driving it all?

The first thing to understand is why people want to work remotely. If a hybrid model gives them more time to themselves or are able to take care of their mental health better then they’re more likely to be productive and deliver. 

 

  1. Make it your business

You need to make sure you are providing ways for employees to build relationships and foster team spirit, even when they’re not based in the same office as each other. 

It’s also good practice to ensure there are ways that teams can meet up periodically; whether this is through a weekly off-site company meeting, or by organising an annual event. This will help improve morale amongst all of your employees but especially those who work remotely.

 

  1. Support is key

You need to make sure the technology you provide your employees with enables them to be supported in ways that are appropriate for their role. 

For example, if they’re an architect or construction worker, they may need access to detailed drawings and specifications when designing or building via remote working; whereas, if they’re an administrator who works in accounts, all they’ll need is access to Outlook or Office 365. 

You also need to ensure they can communicate effectively with clients and colleagues wherever possible, so you’ll want ways of enabling asynchronous communication earlier on. This could include email, Skype or Microsoft Teams. 

 

  1. Tracking work effectively 

You need ways for your employees to record and measure their work. You’ll also want a system for your employees to manage their time efficiently so they can collaborate effectively with colleagues and clients. 

This might include a way to schedule tasks, mark them as ‘in progress’ or ‘completed’, show what percentage of the task has been completed, attach files if necessary and share it all with relevant people. 

 

  1. Security is paramount

A mobile workforce needs to be as secure as those who are based in an office environment. In order to do this you’ll need to invest in applications with data-resistant capabilities, ensuring that hacking isn’t something that will happen with ease (it’s not impossible!). 

This includes monitoring emails sent outside of your organisation, uploading data to the cloud and utilising file encryption. This will help verify that your company reputation isn’t compromised by external communications or employees working outside of business hours. 



Hybrid work is an innovative way of performing that requires you and your employees to adopt new skills, tools or mindset. This can be a hard transition for some, but implementing these best practices now will help your company to grow successfully into the future. 

 

hebs Group are here to help 

No matter how your business operates, hebs are on hand to keep the wheels turning. We work with clients in all industries across the private and public sectors providing expert construction, maintenance and repair services across the UK. 

Call 0151 2360707 or send an email to info@hebs-group.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help with your enquiry.