If building service contractors are interested in cutting their vacuum cords, Robarge says to look at ROI and what they’re charging for cleaning the building. This will help determine if its worth the investment. 

It is also smart to consider the clients. If customers care about sustainability and want to partner with like-minded BSCs, onboarding this kind of equipment might give contractors a competitive edge over those not as green. This is why Robarge says that more and more, FBG is being marketed as a green-oriented service provider. Because of their battery power source, the cordless uprights and backpacks fit in nicely with this objective because they are using less energy.

“The vacuums meet CRI’s (Carpet and Rug Institute) Seal of Approval so they are also green in this regard,” he says. “We’re doing everything possible to be greener. We also achieved a CIMS Certified Expert designation last year. And the Hoovers are HEPA-rated, so they also maintain the inside environment.”

One way building service contractors contribute to green and sustainable initiatives is to reduce energy usage. Switching to a day cleaning program can substantially reduce energy consumption because janitors are cleaning during the day and not requiring lights to be left on after hours. However, in order to clean around building occupants janitors need quiet equipment and battery vacuums often meet that requirement. The vacuums being used by FBG can operate at levels as low as 65 decibels. 

“We’re seeing more clients expressing interest in day cleaning,” Robarge says. “And when operated in quiet mode, these vacuums are quieter to use in populated areas.” 

Pamela Mills-Senn is a freelance writer based in Long Beach, California. She is a frequent contributor to Contracting Profits. 


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