Many schools and organizations have an interest in becoming more energy efficient entities. Due to this trend, a business opportunity exists for companies that are willing to offer these services.
For instance, the company formerly known as Piedmont Air Conditioning rebranded itself in April 2011 as Piedmont Service Group, a provider of energy efficient solutions. Since the organization shifted its focus, the North Carolina-based business has witnessed an increase in the demand for sustainable services.
"Energy efficiency and sustainability is no longer a luxury for companies," said Peter Williams, president of Piedmont Service Group. "It is a requirement – an economic and environmental responsibility."
Williams adds that this thinking is what led Piedmont to start offering environmentally responsible services in addition to its core heating, ventilation and air conditioning business. Since the company began offering these sustainable solutions, Piedmont has helped several businesses across North Carolina receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
When the clinical research organization Quintiles was building its 252,000-square foot headquarters, Piedmont provided mechanical systems that were designed to help the company reduce its carbon footprint and energy consumption.