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Traditional practice Change                     Leadership Practice

Overall approach

Energy efficiency is approached as a technical initiative which primarily involves boiler room operators and external energy auditors in the process of identifying improvement options every few years.

Energy efficiency is approached as an organizational change initiative which aims to engage management and staff across the organization in the challenge of delivering energy efficiency improvement on a continuous improvement basis.

Senior management involvement and business proposition

Senior management is only involved in large capital investment decisions. Cost savings are presented as the main benefit from energy efficiency.

Energy efficiency is linked to business strategy to develop senior management support. Energy efficiency is considered to be an approach that can enhance asset values, attract and retain tenants, position buildings and develop corporate reputation.

Development of Energy Information Systems

Limited energy data is available for analysis. It is difficult to justify investment in improved metering and information systems.

Energy information systems are progressively developed by communicating achievements to justify additional investment over time.

Frequency of focus on energy efficiency

Energy efficiency opportunities are identified through energy audits that are conducted every 3-5 years.

Energy efficiency is integrated into daily operational procedures, including data review by building operations teams. Energy audits are conducted on a semi-regular basis. 

Relationship between owners and tenants

Energy audit reports and business case proposals are developed in isolation from the primary decision makers.

Key decisions makers and other relevant stakeholders are involved and informed  throughout the process of creating business case proposals for energy efficiency projects.

Relationship between owners and tenants

The owner is hesitant to invest capital in energy efficiency when the tenant obtains the benefits.

Collaborative relationships between owners and tenants are founded on shared benefits and developed through regular communication. This supports shared investments and improved operational practices associated with building energy performance.