To be an effective facilities manager, you need to always be learning on the job. Adaptability is key because by making even some of the smallest changes, you can not only increase the productivity and well-being of those working in your property, but also save yourself money.
Maintenance is a big concern for any facilities manager, not only because of the setbacks it can create but also because of the cost. Breakdowns deplete asset life and can require costly replacements. Implementing predictive testing and inspections is a good way to combat repair costs, as it keeps you aware of the condition, as well as detecting trends which suggest impending failure. We found an article that discusses many of the advantages of a good maintenance programme and provides a few warnings as well.
Vigilant energy consumption monitoring is also a big step when it comes to cutting down on costs. This doesn’t just mean efficient energy use in terms of light and machine usage, but in other, more subtle ways too. Insulation is a good example, as while every commercial building will have it in some form, there are always improvements that can be made which will save you money in the long run. Energy efficient windows make for a simple way to increase insulation, reduce energy costs and improve the well-being of the building’s occupants, as well as looking at the roofing, which can be bolstered to minimise the overall solar impact. Many floor coverings, especially carpet tiles provide additional installation, as well as being a practical maintenance solution.
If you’re looking to make a difference which lasts years, sustainable facilities design is not only more attainable but more affordable than it’s ever been. Sustainable design also does wonders for your image amongst the public, cementing your reputation as both socially and environmentally conscious. What also works to your advantage is that many reputable design companies will work with you closely to match your specifications and needs. As a facilities manager, you know how space is used; what works and what doesn’t.
A new design offers a great opportunity for any facilities manager, as not only can it set up what you need to drive a business forward but also enables you to install measures to help you maintain that drive. Furniture, waste management, equipment, health and well-being are all things to be considered during the design process. The UKGBC provides plenty advice on sustainable design and how it increases productivity.
Choosing a more reputable designer might seem like a large cost, but their understanding of your needs will go a long way in saving you money in the long run. Their goal isn’t just about aesthetics, it’ll also be about working with you to overcome any potential issues early on. It also means that with all the data you have to hand, the entire design plan is based on your specifications, so all of your long-term ambitions can be uniquely worked into your new design.