This case is aboutÂ SUSTAINABILITY
PUBLICATION DATE: August 28, 2004
Environment, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation: Systems Efficiency Strategies for Industrial and Commercial FacilitiesÂ Case Solution
Many managers are not aware of the tactical advantages and cost savings potential through systems analysis applied to water use, and stuff, energy in building design and operation. This technical note provides whole-systems strategies for improving resource efficiency in industrial and commercial buildings. Sustainability, green building, environmental issues, and resource efficiency are among the topics covered.Â Systems believing and integrated, multidisciplinary methods are explained that can spark innovation in both the equipment (technical) systems that make up facilities, along with the individual (organizational) systems involved in the design-build-use process. Identifying and using key leverage points and systemic synergies can dramatically increase the functionality of buildings and the groups of individuals who make and run them. In practice those approaches greatly decreased operating costs, while adding little or nothing to initial costs, and in some cases have even fell capital costs, brought new employees, and have saved money, reduced environmental impacts, improved worker health and productivity.