Managing the Sustainable Built Environment

Lecture Week 1 given 26/7/16 by Paul Osmond

This unit looks at sustainability through a different approach than what I’m used to. Instead of considering how to build a building in a sustainable way, using low embodied energy materials and smart space utilisation, we instead look at how to manage the existing buildings in a sustainable way; to easy feat given that only 2% of building stock in a year is new meaning 98% of buildings are existing – up to a hundred years old.

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Here we look at the traditional configuration of the triple bottom line, then where economy overwhelms society and the environment resulting in a “Mickey Mouse” shape, as opposed to the below configuration of “strong sustainability” whereby the environment emcompases society and the economy is a subset of society.

We then look at how we incorporate sustainability into facilities management through thes use of programs and policies, including producing Corporate Sustainability Reports (CSR).

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Sustainable facility mangement can be defined as: “a life- cycle approach to facility stewardship that integrates the people, place, and business of an organization with the economic, environmental, and social benefits of sustainability”

-International Facility Management Association Foundation

Therefore, sustainability policies become a driver of implementation, particularly a CSR of the like where we can see long term implementation of ideas and have a greater range of results to consider and compare. We can then look at lifecycle costing, where we look at capital costs (design and construction of the site), vs operational costing (which including cleaning and maintenance of the site over its life span). This becomes important where an increase in capital costing at the beginning of the project, to implement more sustainable practices and devices, can reduce operational costing and therefore overall lifecycle costing.

When reporting, it is important to report against indicators as opposed to producing just absolute performance measures so we can see improvement and areas of concern.

Further Resources

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