Caught in the middle: the role of the facilities manager in organisational energy use

Goulden, Murray and Spence, Alexa (2015) Caught in the middle: the role of the facilities manager in organisational energy use. Energy Policy, 85 . pp. 280-287. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

This study analyses the role of the Facilities Manager [FM] as a key actor in organisational energy management. This builds on the idea that ‘middle’ agents in networks can be an important lever for socio-technical change. The study demonstrates the considerable impact the FM can have on workplace energy consumption, whilst identifying a number of factors that constrain their agency and capacity to act. These include demands to meet workforce expectations of comfort; a lack of support from senior management; and a shortage of resources. Underlying these challenges, the study identifies three different energy rationales – that is to say conceptual frameworks – which are deployed by different groups of organisational actors. The challenges of reconciling these at-times-contradictory rationales results in a picture of energy management which to the outsider can appear highly irrational. The paper concludes with a consideration of how policy makers can apply these insights to support energy reduction in workplaces.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Energy; Organisations; Facilities Manager; Middle-out; Non-domestic
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.enpol.2015.06.014
Depositing User: Goulden, Murray
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2018 11:37
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2018 14:58
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/51111

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