Facilities managers at the heart of improved building performance
Written by Geoff Prudence Chair of the CIBSE Facilities Management Group and judge of the Building Performance Awards 2015
I am really excited about being involved with the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2015 as a member of the judging panel and look forward to seeing best practice in the Facilities Management Operations category. A category that rewards the individuals and teams that are at the very heart of delivering improved building performance – the facilities managers.
I feel strongly that FM professionals should be involved at the earliest stages of a building’s design, so that the best possible operational efficiencies can be achieved over its life-cycle. After all, who knows better than the facilities management team about the costs and effectiveness of different maintenance strategies and the effect that system choice has on these? BIM should help to bring about more effective design and more effective construction, but the real opportunity – and what will prove to be the success of BIM – will be in terms of real end-to-end life-cycle considerations and information flow.
Within our industry, there are many great examples every day of teams working collaboratively across designs and operations with customers and users, to do great things. For example, the 2014 Building Operation Award winners – British Land and Broadgate Estates – demonstrated how with investment in an energy monitoring system at Exchange House the building management team were able to optimise consumption and cut energy costs for occupiers by more than £1m over four years.
These awards provide a superb opportunity to evidence collaborative working and improved building performance. There is still time to get entries in before the closing date of 11th September 2014, just visit www.cibse.org/bpa
Geoff Prudence is also Chair of the CIBSE Facilities Management Group, Chair of BIM4FM Task Group, and will be Chairing the Soft Landings and Maintaining and Managing our Buildings session at this year’s CIBSE Conference & Exhibition on 28 October 2014 www.cibse.org/conference.