Today’s trend in finding a good facility maintenance employee: look for the ‘green.’

The job market for general maintenance, as well as repair workers, appears to be on an upward swing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is giving it a ‘thumbs up’ with a growth projection of 8% to 14% during the period of 2012 to 2022.

Skilled workers with ‘green’ training…

One of the reasons for such a healthy outlook is demand for Green Job workers: trained maintenance and repair personnel knowledgeable about ‘green buildings’ and their energy/cost savings benefits.go-green

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) sets the building standards for a facility to become LEED Certified; this, as a way for facility owners to save on energy costs, as well as provide healthy work environments.

In short, whenever proper maintenance and repair practices (adding new components) can increase the longevity of a building, then “green” practices are in place.

A simple example is in the area of a building’s lighting choices. According to the USGBC, our buildings are using around 72% of all the generated electricity in the United States today; in addition, our buildings add roughly 38% of all of our CO2 emissions. Consequently, using CFLs, or smaller fluorescents, added to lower energy consumption while emitting about the same amount of light.

Building maintenance and repair costs…

Generally, a rule-of-thumb used to determine when to replace major building systems or components, is if costs for repair and maintenance will be more than 15% of the replacement costs, notes a report from an LEED AP consultant.

Typically, facility operators will make their decisions after reviewing a life-cycle costs and ‘green’ alternatives.

To find the right opening that matches your experience, be it part-time or full-time employment, contact us. We are the largest portal helping companies in Finding a good Facility Maintenance Employee.

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