How are facilities managers responding to the need for sustainability?
Facilities managers can make a very significant impact to the achievement of a firm’s sustainability and compliance agendas. The number of commercial buildings in use across the world provide global scope for change and within those buildings, professional facilities management teams are managing the buildings’ services, the design and use of workspaces and the interaction between workers and workspace.
With responsibility for the usage of key resources such as energy and water, facility managers are now focusing on innovative systems and thoughtful procurement to promote the effective, sustainable management of both buildings and services. For example, purchasing office equipment with high sustainability credentials such as reduced energy consumption, effective waste management and recycling of components reduces environmental impact.
Facilities managers also influence the productivity of the workforce, through promotion of positive behaviours, wellbeing, comfort, health, and safety of the workplace.