Is Daylight Cleaning A Good Business Practice?

Daylight 1Daylight 2For many facility managers and building owners, daylight cleaning contributes to a successful property management model. It adds to a building’s return on investment by lowering overall operating costs. It reduces training, labor and other costs associated with cleaning staff turnover. It also helps retain existing tenants and can significantly contribute to a building’s green profile, increasing its appeal to potential new tenants. Daylight cleaning can also be the next step in the evolution of your company’s green profile.

Essentially, day cleaning is nothing more than moving janitorial services from the nightshift to the dayshift. In the process, some fundamental, positive changes take place for building management, tenants, and the cleaning staff.

BOMA, in its Building Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP), suggests utilizing janitorial practices to save energy.  BEEP reports that janitorial is often ignored when developing energy-saving strategies, yet it typically accounts for almost 25 percent of weekly lighting use, which is equivalent to about 7 percent of total building energy use. Strategies to reduce energy demand include team cleaning, coordination with security, and day cleaning.

These strategies can bring 0.6-percent to 8-percent energy savings per year, according to BEEP

In addition to reducing the amount of energy consumed, daylight cleaning also assists in reducing the number of nighttime bird kills. According to the Fatal Light Awareness Program, each year, more than one million birds die from window collisions stemming from confusion caused by lights shining from inside buildings.

From the janitorial staff point of view, day cleaning is like a long-awaited bonus. It delivers more full-time jobs, higher wages, and better working hours. Employees actually get to eat dinner with their families and tuck their kids in at night. Their concerns about travelling to and from work in the dark vanish.

You can approach Daylight Cleaning with the following seven steps

  1. Conduct A Feasibility Study
  2. Educate Tenants to Gain Support
  3. Contract Adjustments
  4. Implement Transition Communications
  5. Train the Trainers
  6. Daylight Cleaning Launch
  7. Follow-up Assessments & Communication

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