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Energy management systems: The ‘five-step-plus’ approach and ISO 50001
To successfully carry out energy management within an organisation, a system needs to be introduced that is simple to understand, addresses management issues and provides a structured approach and framework in which to work. For the past few years BRE has been advocating a ‘five-step-plus’ approach in which the first five steps are: get commitment; understand the issues; plan and organise; implement; and monitor ongoing performance. The loop is then closed by a review and audit step, the analysis of which feeds into the lessons learned step. These lessons are then incorporated into a plan for improvement stage, which embraces all aspects of the process and includes an action plan for change. This is in line with ISO 50001 and, although the attainment of these standards should be the ultimate goal, because of the degree of rigour and, as a result, the resource implications, this should be achieved in the longer term. That does not mean, however, that the underlying philosophy and methodologies should not be taken on board from the start. The key to this standard is the approach the standard has adopted — the Plan, Do, Check, Act approach. This paper maps out the standard in terms of this approach and provides practical advice on the steps to take.
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Andy Lewry DIC, CEng, CSci, FIMMM, CEnv, MSocEnv, FEMA has 19 years’ varied technical, marketing and management experience within the carbon and energy management industry, preceded by a further 10 years’ similar experience within various parts of the environmental and construction sectors. Andy is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of both the Institute of Materials (IOM3) and the Energy Managers’ Association, as well as a Prince 2 qualified project manager. He is currently the principal technical consultant for the BREEAM Existing Buildings Team in BRE Global. Andy has authored and published best practice publications on energy management, energy audits, building control and building energy management systems. Recently he produced guidance on ‘Bridging the performance gap: Understanding predicted and actual energy use of buildings’, Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation, Vol. 3, No. 4, and ‘Producing the business case for investment in energy efficiency’, Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation, Vol. 4, No. 1. He was also part of the UK Green Building Council’s task group that produced the ‘Delivering Building Performance’ report on 11th May, 2016, which lays out the success factors and steps required to tackle the gap between building design and building performance.