by Brianna Crandall — January 27, 2017 — The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management, recently released its Energy Benchmarking Initiative Study. The study highlights the current benchmark of retail energy management practices as well as future opportunities to implement financially attractive energy efficiency projects. The report also presents energy management alternatives such as green leases, negotiations at fit-up/renewal and ways to minimize common area maintenance (CAM) charges that help drive energy management activities.
According to Bill Yanek, CEO, PRSM:
PRSM Association is becoming a leader in developing ways to improve energy management in retail facilities management (FM) operations. We are committed to doing so because competent energy management, which includes sustainability, energy efficiency, carbon footprints and social responsibility, is critical to the success of FM operations.
In addition, the Energy Benchmarking Initiative Study provides best practices in four core energy use areas — organizational energy management, lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) and refrigeration. Each section related to those four areas also details strategies and technologies to guide effective energy decision-making. When implemented properly, these best practices, strategies and technologies can simultaneously spur significant cost savings and improve the customer experience, says PRSM.
PRSM Association’s report, Energy Benchmarking Initiative Study, is available for PRSM members from the group’s Resources Center , which provides management tools for the retail FM and supplier community. Resources include quarterly white paper releases; the annual Best Practices Book, representing a wide spectrum of FM industry trades; and the Retail Facilities Benchmarking program, along with other research-based Trends Reports and Buyer’s Guide resources (print and online), and the group’s magazine and e-newsletter.