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"Chapter 6: Making the Case for Sustainability: It's Not Just About Getting Points"
Author: Hodges, Christopher P., P.E., and William M. Elvey, P.E.
Published In: Stewardship & Accountability in Campus Planning, Design & Construction
Date: 2006

Emphasizes the importance for facilities managers in having input into the design and construction of buildings, particularly as they impact costs of operation, maintenance, and capital renewal.  Acknowledges that most decisions that have an impact on sustainable and green practices are made with an eye toward reducing initial building costs without regard to those required for the facility's life cycle. The ability to make the business case for sustainable practices has become an important skill for facilities managers. Reviews the United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program, which accredits buildings that use design and construction practices that minimize the negative impact on the environment and save energy. Provides a case study of how Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has pursued energy management through decisions in design, construction, and maintenance. Recommends putting together a well-developed policy on energy management and getting the right people involved, as one means of achieving sustainability.

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