High-performing buildings offer building owners and managers lower operating costs, potentially higher commercial tenant rents, and a higher resale value than traditional buildings. Additionally, in Washington, DC and in a growing number of other localities, buildings are required to meet energy performance targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy efficiency is a central component of creating such a building and achieving these outcomes. This document, generously prepared and donated by the AOBA Educational Foundation, outlines the critical role operations and maintenance (O&M) play in increasing energy efficiency and adding value for property owners and their portfolios.

Download this guide to learn key strategies for building an internal culture that promotes efficiency; addressing reactive, proactive, and predictive maintenance; and examining whole building as well as key building components for energy efficiency opportunities. This resource is meant to be used as the basis for creating guides and manuals tailored to individual facilities or to complement existing materials on building systems, equipment, and other processes and information tailored to individual properties or companies.


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