HVAC to lighting and water fixtures were examined.
Both groups were tasked with identifying improve-
ment ideas as well as best practices they could steal
for their own operations, explains Vargas.
The teams also had the unique opportunity to complete night walks. Neither building truly has off hours
so facility managers have to make careful decisions
about what can be scaled back without affecting business operations.
“Night walks are a great opportunity to find where
“The response we received from the first SWAP was
you have energy leakage,” Mork says. “Not all systems
are automated and a night walk is a good way to make
sure that your facility personnel are following through
on best practices.”
“When you walk around a property at midnight, it’s
amazing to see what’s still using energy,” adds Randy
Gaines, Hilton VP of Operations and New Project
Development. “You should be able to let your building
go to sleep using setbacks and controls rather than
running everything at full bore.”
Hilton and Whole Foods came away from the
exchange armed with a list of concrete suggestions to
take back to their buildings. Both teams enjoyed shar-
ing ideas with colleagues and were surprised by the
number of similarities between their operations.
“This collaboration was extremely valuable because
even though we’re at different ends of the business
spectrum, we’re both looking for our operations to
have the same impact on the environment and cus-
tomer experience,” says Jordan Melton, Sustainable
Facilities Assistant Coordinator for Whole Foods.
incredible and its success is a testament to the caliber
of the Whole Foods and Hilton energy teams leading
the way in efficiency,” Vargas states.
Any facility team can do their own version of the
SWAP by connecting with area colleagues. Try partnering with a neighboring property or meet with other
owners through your local BOMA or IMFA chapter. To
watch the episodes and get the behind-the-scenes tour
of Hilton and Whole Foods, visit betterbuildings
Jennie Morton is a contributing editor for BUILDINGS.
EACH TEAM received only basic information about the other property, such as size, location and headcount. They
completed comprehensive walkthroughs over a day and a half, as well as night walks. “When you walk around a
property at midnight, it’s amazing to see what’s still using energy,” notes Randy Gaines, Hilton VP of Operations
and New Project Development. “You should be able to let your building go to sleep using setbacks and controls.”
“The response we received from the first
SWAP was incredible and its success is
a testament to the caliber of the Whole
Foods and Hilton energy teams leading
the way in efficiency.” — Maria Vargas, Director of the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge
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