Sustainable Cleaning – From Night to Day

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Bob Best
Investor Services Lead
United States
Energy and Sustainability Services

More and more office buildings are looking at day cleaning as the next huge leap in saving energy and, surprisingly, improving cleaning quality.

Energy experts estimate that as much as 30% of a building’s energy consumption is devoted to lighting and HVAC at night, mostly for cleaning crews.  If cleaning can be done during the day, buildings can achieve total energy consumption reductions of up to 25%.  That’s huge.

And, there’s an added side benefit.  As “faceless” night crews are replaced with people that employees get to know and see working, the employees take more responsibility for keeping areas clean and letting the cleaners know their preferences.  People are happier with the cleaning quality, and the crews actually have less work to do.

The obvious problem is noise, which cleaning companies are addressing with quieter equipment and scheduling vacuuming earlier or later in the workday.

While many tenants may be skeptical at first, the potential savings in operating expenses are simply too large to ignore.  And, as more buildings convert day cleaning, it might turn into an accepted standard.

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