As a leading construction and building services company, EMCOR is positioned to address the environmental impact of not only its own facilities and operations, but those of client organizations as well.
We help our clients improve the ways in which their organizations can positively impact the environment. EMCOR is transforming facilities into high-performance, sustainable facilities in every sector, across the nation.
In our own operations, our Safety & Quality Management Department provides education regarding environmental standards to all business managers, as well as training on the management, handling, and proper disposal of materials to EMCOR's more than 75 operating companies. We also have numerous programs in place to monitor the efficiency of our vehicle fleet, and in early 2011 we began collecting company-wide information on our greenhouse gas emissions.
For clients, EMCOR and its subsidiaries deploy a wide range of services and tools to contribute to the environmental sustainability of new and existing facilities. For example, building automation experts at EMCOR and its subsidiaries help clients identify ways to reduce energy use, many of which can be achieved through low-cost and no-cost tactics . We also assist clients in obtaining and maintaining LEED certification.
EMCOR touches and positively impacts the sustainability of thousands of facilities each year through innovative construction solutions such as:
Our work for an international client based in the UK is just one example of our multi-pronged approach. EMCOR was instrumental in helping to substantially reduce the client's CO2 emissions by 9.230 tons, the equivalent if heating almost 3,000 UK homes each year.
EMCOR encourages recycling and energy conservation measures at all of its locations. Recycling includes office supplies and business waste. Conservation measures include upgrading water, lighting, and power systems, and investing in equipment to reduce energy use in our operations. The company also regularly shares information on environmental issues and energy conservation with employees via Good Work Practices and Productivity Plus publications, authored by EMCOR's Safety & Quality Management Department and distributed company wide.
A carbon footprint is a measure of the impacts of human activity, quantified in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and converted to a standard unit of measure expressed in carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent. EMCOR began evaluating our estimated carbon footprint count in 2011.
Currently, we are performing a Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon footprint measurement. We found that our greatest impacts as an organization were related to our fleet. With a fleet, fuel purchases account for a large portion of our carbon footprint. In addition, we found that our carbon footprint directly varies with project workload. Other significant contributors to EMCOR's carbon footprint include our office locations (e.g., electricity and natural gas) and our consumable gases (e.g., acetylene and propane).
One of EMCOR’s priorities is reducing the environmental impact of the company’s 7,000-vehicle fleet. Through a series of combined measures, we have improved mileage per vehicle by over 15%.
Among the means that we use to attain fleet efficiency are: improved route planning through GPS technology, improved inventory management, vehicle manufacturer improvements, smaller vehicle size, fuel mix (gas/diesel/hybrids), regular vehicle maintenance, vehicle inspections and the removal of unnecessary cargo.
Commercial buildings—which EMCOR builds, powers, services, and protects for over 75% of the Fortune 500—consume 40% of the world's energy and account for 30% of carbon emissions. In order to minimize the impact of these operations, EMCOR has developed sustainable construction and facilities services. As of 2010, more than 400 EMCOR employees had completed the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Our work in this area has enabled some of the world's largest companies to obtain LEED certification for their facilities.
Among other recognition for its efforts in building sustainably, EMCOR has twice won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s "Project of The Year" award, most recently for a landfill methane capture facility that supplies clean power to the University of New Hampshire and its local grid.
EMCOR leads the industry in the use of 3-D building information modeling (BIM) for facilities we run, which minimizes waste across the facilities’ lifecycle. Because BIM involves all stakeholders in the design process from day one and facilitates a more collaborative and efficient approach to systems and building design, construction, and operation, BIM can be used to anticipate the entire building lifecycle, including the processes of construction and facility operation. What's more, BIM enables us to more efficiently design electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire-protection, and other critical systems to avoid waste and cost overruns by anticipating problems and addressing them in advance.
With more than 600 BIM/CAD designers who have worked on more than $10 billion of BIM/CAD-driven projects—the most published experts in any BIM/CAD design network—EMCOR's unrivaled BIM/CAD expertise has been widely recognized by leading industry publications, including Electrical Construction & Maintenance, ACHR News, Electrical Contractor Magazine, and Engineering News Record.