CMMS Helps You Commit to a Greener Facility

April 6, 2016

If you haven't already gotten the message, “green” is in. Recently in Los Angeles, County Metro’s new bus maintenance department was introduced. Not only is this a green facility, it is set to receive a Gold LEED designation for its high level of environmentally friendly design.

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“The new Division 13 facility incorporates numerous environmentally friendly features, including a 275,000-gallon cistern and pump used for reusing rainwater to wash buses, as well as other uses. Skylights in combination with brightly colored paint is used to reflect light and reduce the need for electricity, and a rooftop garden with native California plants is used to counter storm water run-off and the urban heat island effect.”

 

Go Green

The LEED certification is a huge honor and while it may take a while to get to that level, especially if your maintenance department has always been done the same way for years, there are things that you can do to help make your own building greener.

  • Cleaning Products. Did you know that green cleaning products typically work as well as those with harmful chemicals? There are a few differences to be aware of such as floors may not be as shiny since green cleaners do not have the added chemical but the clean will be just as effective.

  • Sustainable Purchases and Recycling. Most people know that recycling is key to a facility that is more environmentally friendly but sustainable purchases are important as well. If possible, buy and use products that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, EcoLogo and Green Seal.

  • Equipment. Even the small items make a difference. Items like Energy Star equipment, low-flow water fixtures and energy-efficient fluorescent or LED lighting instead of incandescent lighting is a good start on a greener facility. Many of these items have a more expensive initial investment but your savings will add up in the long run as well as help your facility become more friendly to the environment.

 

You may not be in a position to redo your entire facility from scratch but even incorporating these small suggestions make a huge difference.

 

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CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Software) helps you keep up with installation of your equipment and your purchases. In fact, you can even track the life of your equipment and you are able to keep up with work tasks and preventative maintenance.

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