Going with the flow of a changing market
Social responsibility has joined cost saving as a driver of system design and renovation, according to McKinstry commissioning expert Geremy Wolff.
“There’s definitely a lot more focus on the sustainability front,” Wolff said. “Going green doesn’t necessarily save you any money—it’s the social responsibility aspect. We’re starting to see that take hold in the marketplace. People are not making decisions solely on dollars. We have a sustainability consulting group doing climate action plans for people. LEED® certification, carbon footprinting. There’s more of an appetite for that kind of thing out there.
“With our retro-commissioning we’ve seen a tremendous increase in customers looking to lower their utility spend. They’ll also say ‘We want to get our ENERGY STAR score up. We want to get ENERGY STAR certified. We want to move toward LEED certification, or we’ve got a corporate initiative to reduce our carbon footprint.’”