Sustainability in the existing building stock: - the role of sustainable facilities management

Morten Elle, Susanne Balslev Nielsen, Birgitte Hoffmann, Jesper Ole Jensen

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This paper explores the role of Facilities Management in the relation to sustainable development in the existing building stock. Facilities management is a concept still developing as the management of buildings are becoming more and more professional. Many recognize today that facilities management is a concept relevant to others than large companies. Managing the flows of energy and other resources is a part of facilities management, and an increased professionalism could lead to the reduction of the use of energy and water and the generation of waste and wastewater. This is, however, QRWfacilities management’s most important contribution to sustainable development in the built environment. Space management is an essential tool in facilities management – and it could be considered a powerful tool in sustainable development; remembering that the building not being built is perhaps the most sustainable building. In other words: the question is if it sensible to talk about a ‘sustainable building’ without taking the activities in the building into account? In many contexts, maintenance of the existing building stock is not a hot political topic. Facilities management can, however, be a vehicle for more political attention to the large problem of maintenance, especially when facilities management is in focus of new public private partnerships or other new ways of collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAction for Sustainability : The 2005 World Sustainable Building Conference in Tokyo
Place of PublicationTokyo
PublisherSB05Tokyo National Conference Board
Publication date2005
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventThe 2005 World Sustainable Building Conference in Tokyo: Action for Sustainability - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 27 Sep 200529 Sep 2005


ConferenceThe 2005 World Sustainable Building Conference in Tokyo
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