SUSTAINABILITY IS A JOURNEY OF CONTINUOUS PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT
GreenAble best practices save our clients millions of dollars each year through reduced operating expenses and lower energy costs.
“To make the knowledge of green cleaning and green engineering practices available to everyone in the real estate industry. By providing real estate owners and managers with expert information and innovations we can reduce energy consumption, water consumption, increase waste diversion, and protect our infrastructure; we make a significant impact on the world around us.”
– Mark Kelly, President, Able Services
As the sustainability landscape continues to evolve, our service offering matures to match the needs of our clients and the marketplace. Able Services proactively seeks out the latest evolutions in the industry and strongly believes the Zero Waste movement further refines the sustainability objective.
“Zero waste is sending nothing to the landfill. Literally Zero. This goal of zero is near impossible at the moment because we have yet to evolve into a circular economy so as defined by the USZWBC, Zero Waste is the diversion of 90% of trash from the landfill.” ZWIA.org
Able incorporates award-winning sustainability programs, benchmarking, performance measurement, best practices, and proactive management into our operations.
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Being awarded the first Platinum certified LEED EB building in the United States established our commitment to green engineering and fostered our GreenAble philosophy; sustainability is a journey of continuous performance improvement.
Our partnership with Goby LLC provides Able clients with access to a cloud-based platform that transforms bill-level insights into portfolio-level value. Goby’s powerful analytics reshape business strategies and optimize performance for the corporate and commercial real estate industries.
Combining technological advances and Able’s solid reputation for operations means Able clients see cost reductions and superior performance at their sites.
Able is a “green building” optimization firm that supports and promotes environmental stewardship. We work to preserve customers’ assets in a sustainable fashion improving tenant satisfaction, upgrading indoor environmental quality, conserving energy, and balancing budgetary objectives through cost savings.
Able’s engineering teams have played major roles assisting the Joe Serna Jr. CAL EPA building with becoming the first Platinum Certified LEED EB building in the United States with an Energy Star rating exceeding 95. Able/Goby currently maintains more than 500 million sq. ft. of LEED certified properties. [read more="Read More" less="Less"] LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) recognizes, supports and promotes green buildings through a comprehensive system offering project certification, professional accreditation, training and practical resources. [/read]
As the sustainability landscape becomes increasingly important, it also becomes more complex to manage. Goby is a cloud-based platform that transforms utility bills into portfolio-level insights. Powerful analytics reshape business strategies and optimize performance for the corporate and commercial real estate industries.Make the business case for sustainability initiatives with Goby’s sustainability reporting solutions. Our cloud-based platform seamlessly aggregates utility data to streamline benchmarking and certifications across your portfolio. Our market-leading team of sustainability consultants help improve your results as you grow. Goby Website
Able was named as a BOMA 360 Ambassador for a program that benchmarks building performance against industry standards, evaluating security, education, energy, sustainability, tenant relations and building management. [read more="Read More" less="Less"] Additionally, Able operated and maintained buildings are nominated every year for BOMA’s TOBY Awards, a prestigious program that recognizes quality in commercial real estate and rewards excellence in building management. [/read]
We encourage you to participate in the Energy Star program. With its energy services partner GOBY, will measure your energy usage and benchmark it within our customer network. We will also provide assistance to, and support your initiatives for Energy Star certification and ASHRAE level I, II and III Audits.
We are passionate about sustainability and have been delivering our GreenAble cleaning program well before the green movement came into fashion.
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Able has the knowledge and expertise to service all building environments and implement superior sustainability programs throughout the US.
In addition to our operations, we track building’s sustainability activities with cloud based software called the SeaSuite — automatically tracking your waste diversion, janitorial purchases, and utilities data. All data is automatically uploaded from your vendors and is tracked to keep you ready for LEED certification, recertification, and compliant with local/federal regulations.
Being a responsible member of the business community means you also protect the environment. Able Services has embraced “green cleaning” as we recognize, support, and promote environmental stewardship. We evaluate our daily operations and always look for the most sustainable processes to stay true to our commitment. [read more="Read More" less="Less"] Able is actively engaged in benchmarking our clients’ waste streams. We monitor waste audits with USGBC guidelines for occupant recycling and diversion. Some green waste services are:
- Recycling (all items)
- Composting paper hand towels from the restroom
- Disposing of lighting
- Disposing of batteries
- Disposing small PDA’s
- Recycling other debris
- Sorting trash on-site to maximize diversion efforts
We don’t just say we do it. Able Facility Services is in the top 1% of all custodial services providers in the market according to the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS). CIMS is a comprehensive certification that applies to all aspects of our business – including management, operations, performance systems, and processes. By making a commitment to quality and documenting standardized processes in facility settings, we have formalized how we deliver services. Compliance with the standards demonstrates that Able is structured to consistently meet our customers’ needs and expectations. [read more="Read More" less="Less"] The CIMS program sets forth processes, procedures and supporting documentation proven to be characteristic of customer-driven organizations. CIMS is non-prescriptive and each individual organization has the flexibility to choose the most effective ways to meet its requirements. Following months of documentation and a rigorous four-day assessment conducted by an independent third party industry expert, we are proud to have earned the CIMS GB with Honors designation. [/read]
Our goal is to deliver a clean and healthy facility for our clients. But in order to meet today’s ever increasing competitive landscape we need to be smart about how we clean. Able’s Lean Clean program is a collaboration between our team and yours. We work with you, your tenants, and our janitors to devise staggered cleaning plans. Not every space needs to be cleaned in the same way. [read more="Read More" less="Less"] During the last two decades, facility managers placed a great deal of emphasis on the building square footage. They would decide to put out an RFP for cleaning and invite three of four bidders to bid. All the bidders would bid primarily based on the square footage number provided by the management company. Within that number, the bidders would request how much of the total square footage is “cleanable,” meaning space that was used daily or weekly and required cleaning. The days of putting cleaning bids together with this information are quickly dwindling away. Today’s marketplace has changed dramatically. Space in facilities is used much differently. A collaborative and idea sharing approach is more prevalent than the traditional configuration of rows and rows of work stations surrounded by private executive offices. The traditional 9 to 5 work day has also been supplanted by flex hours of many variations. This new design of office space by many companies is believed to produce more productive workers, happier employees and a creative approach necessary for the new economy. The result of this for cleaning companies and contractors is an evolutionary way of bidding. And at Able we call that “ABLE® LEAN CLEAN℠”. It is rare that we walk a prospects facility and they say they want to pay more for cleaning. Actually the flip side of that is true. Owners and managers of facilities want to pay less for cleaning. ABLE® LEAN CLEAN℠ is a smart approach! [/read]
We have successfully partnered with our clients and helped over 500 achieve various levels of LEED certifications across the United States. One building in particular was the Cal EPA, which was the first LEED Platinum rated building in the United States. [read more="Read More" less="Less"] Able has partnered with numerous clients to achieve LEED Certification, Energy Star Benchmarking Standards, Earth Awards, TOBY Awards and other industry recognized sustainability awards. Interested in LEED EBOM certification and recertification? Part of the process with regards to LEED EBOM is to measure performance within the cleaning program. See gobyllc.com for more info. [/read]
Day cleaning is an alternative approach to keeping your facility clean and reducing your energy consumption. Why leave the lights on longer than you have to? A day cleaning program combined with our green cleaning materials are not harmful to our janitors, your tenants or the environment. [read more="Read More" less="Less"] Day cleaning results in a reduction of energy costs because there is no need to keep the lights on at night, you will see a decrease in service costs because labor in the day has less of a premium, and on average there is higher worker retention. With day cleaning, your tenants will come into more contact with their Janitorial staff than in the past. Advance notice and education helps answer their questions and raise awareness prior to the change. Able will help you with this process by providing a full transition plan, and additional support to get your message out and ease your building into day cleaning. [/read]