As Asset Managers it is important to manage the environmental impact of your asset. For commercial buildings this can come in many different forms depending on the building and the tenants. The environmental risk is prevalent to the surrounding area, but also to the asset itself.
Common Environmental Risks
• Emergency Plans — Flood risk, oil spillages and fire water run off
• Waste Management — Demonstrating duty of care compliance
• Environmental Permits — Emissions to atmosphere
• Meter validation issues
Legislation is constantly being updated and will often have requirement dates set well in the future, but these can be forgotten over time. Some of the most relevant pieces of legislation at the moment include:
• Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 (MEES)
• Measuring Instruments Regulations 2016 (MID meters)
• Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016
• Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH) 2015
• Waste Regulations 2011
How can Focus FM help?
We have designed a four stage process for assisting with environmental risk and ensure compliance with relevant legislative and company reporting requirements.
1. Gap Analysis - We will conduct a review against relevant legislative and other requirements and provide a report identifying areas that are not currently compliant.
2. Meeting Minimum Requirements - We will gather relevant data, conduct any necessary reviews or reports and update your systems to ensure that compliance is achieved, this is particularly relevant in advance of planned audits.
3. Maintain Compliance - We will conduct an annual review of the legislative landscape and your environmental risks. We will provide updates on legislative requirements and ensure that annual updates required by legislation or your company requirements have been completed so that compliance is maintained.
4. Achieve Best Practice - We will discuss possible best practice projects suitable for the building to determine potential areas to excel. This may be achieving accreditation to ISO 14001 or conducting specific training for staff or contractors. It could be a desire to increase recycling rates and meet best practice.