Operate and Maintain
When a new building is ready for occupancy, the operation and maintenance of the building will impact energy use and occupant comfort. Efficient operation and maintenance of a building requires as much care and attention as was involved in the planning, design, and construction phases.
For existing buildings, effective operation and maintenance procedures provide opportunities for energy savings. Building components can be replaced with energy-efficient models, facilities staff can be trained to cut energy use, and performance needs to be measured.
The following topics are addressed in this section: