Keeping facilities operating as efficiently and effectively as possible on a day-to-day basis is an important part of owning or occupying a cultural building.
Buildings have a big impact on cultural organizations’ balance sheets as well as the natural environment, and reducing facilities’ impact on both is key to maintaining sustainable operations over the long term.
In recent years, the environmental sustainability movement has generated a lot of momentum around green building operations, but up to now cultural organizations have lagged behind the commercial sector in embracing sustainability in their facilities and operations.
This is partly due to the complexity of cultural building types that don’t conform easily to proscriptive guidelines set out in programs like LEED, and partly due to an uncertainty among arts organizations about where to begin.
The biggest improvements in environmental performance and operational costs come in two areas
- Altering people’s behavior to optimize building performance
- Maximizing the energy efficiency of building systems
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