Energy Management is a broad statement that encompasses a wide variety of technologies, operating conditions, personnel and personalities, and we need to consider all of them to have an effective and efficient Sustainable Energy Management Program. All four need to work in conjunction with one another and have a continuous open communications process on a regularly scheduled basis in order for it to be a successful program. By having regularly scheduled physical site visits and conference calls that include multiple team members that have and actively participate in, already implemented energy conservation opportunities or going to implement them. Without this process, the true meaning of energy management gets lost and becomes just another “buzz” statement. If properly implemented and facilitated on a regularly scheduled basis, the results are incredible and huge benefits unfold, most of which you will find by no-cost, low-cost and or repair and maintenance type dollars, not the large capital dollars that so many like to discuss. By identifying and implementing many little energy conservation opportunities, you will find more other than not, the need for capital dollars not necessarily having to be spent on energy conservation opportunities. If this type of process was implemented and facilitated throughout just commercial office buildings in the United States, the results regarding energy reduction and cost would be staggering. The buildings would be way more efficient which translates to being more competitive in the market place and increasing that buildings value by operating it more efficiently for less cost.
Thomas T. Tolan, C.E.M., CFM, LEED AP
Vice President Engineering
Thomas T. Tolan is vice president of engineering for Tier Reit’s commercial property management division. In this role, he is responsible for managing both in-house and contract engineering teams and guiding policy with all aspects of energy management, sustainability, safety, regulatory compliance, and capital planning. Mr. Tolan’s primary responsibility is the REIT I portfolio, consisting of Class A office buildings throughout the U.S. He also supports the company’s design, development, asset management, and acquisition and disposition efforts.
Over a 39-year career, Mr. Tolan served in several executive-level engineering positions for companies including Lowe Enterprises (1999–2009), DreamWorks SKG (1997–1999), Watt Industries (1996-1997), Maguire Thomas Partners (1988–1996), and Wallace Moir Company (1987-1988). Between 1985 and 1987, Mr. Tolan was employed by Santa Monica–UCLA Medical Center.
Mr. Tolan began his career in the U.S. Navy. During his four-year enlistment, he was promoted to second-class petty officer E5/machinist’s mate with responsibility of over 40 personnel. He was awarded the Navy’s Good Conduct and the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist Medals. He currently is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Auditor, Certified Energy Specialist, Certified Demand Side Manager, Certified Facility Manager, Facility Management Administrator, and BOMA High-Rise Certified Engineer. In 2003, Mr. Tolan won the Energy Manager of the Year award from the Association of Energy Engineers, Region 5. In 2013, Mr. Tolan won the Energy Manager of the Year award from the Association of Energy Engineers, Region 4. Mr. Tolan is the only person to be a two-time recipient of this award over a 30-year period. Mr. Tolan was also instrumental in that, Behringer Harvard won the Corporate Energy Management award from the Association of Energy Engineers, Region 4 in 2013. Mr. Tolan was also instrumental in that, TIER REIT won the Corporate Energy Management award from the Association of Energy Engineers, Region 4 in 2017. In 2017 Mr. Tolan was accepted and became a Fellow Member of the Association of Energy Engineers.
Mr. Tolan has presented at numerous conferences throughout the country regarding a Sustainable Energy Management Program-Process (SEMPP). He also serves as a board member for the Building Enclosure Council (BEC – Dallas Chapter).