Effective operations and maintenance plans help ensure federal equipment, such as this water recovery- and recycling-type pump, works properly over the long term.
Federal facilities rely on pumps, motors, fans, and other mechanical systems for everyday operations. These systems must be maintained and operated correctly to reach their full potential. Well-executed operations and maintenance (O&M) programs promote energy efficiency and life cycle performance and can save federal agencies money on annual energy bills without significant capital investments.
Federal agencies are required to implement O&M plans that control and maintain building property and ensure systems and equipment are reliable, safe, and energy efficient. Agencies that establish sound O&M practices can promote energy savings in buildings and facilities and prevent energy losses from:
- Steam, water, and air leaks
- Uninsulated lines
- Maladjusted or inoperable controls.
Start developing effective O&M plans by reading the Federal Energy Management Program’s Operations and Maintenance Best Practices Guide. This comprehensive document details everything agencies need to know for effective O&M in federal facilities, including commissioning and metering.
The goal of the Operations and Maintenance Best Practices Guide is for agencies to implement O&M programs that:
- Increase the safety of all staff because properly maintained equipment is safer equipment
- Ensure the comfort, health, and safety of building occupants through properly functioning equipment that provides a healthy indoor environment
- Confirm the design life expectancy of equipment is achieved
- Facilitate compliance with federal requirements.