Sustainable Space Planning and IFM

Sustainable space planning is the new buzzword amongst the IFM professionals. The foundation of creating a sustainable space from IFM point of view depends upon the actions the company has to take in order to make economic, social and environmental sense. This phenomenon is better known as the triple bottom line in the world of IFM brainstormers. Now the vital question that looms over most of the IFM minds is that what are we trying to sustain here.

In modern parlance, the concept of facility management and space planning always have a hint of environmental protection embedded in them. Conserving resources and putting them to optimal use is another objective that needs to be taken care of. This is where the word economic use comes in to picture. Now it is expected that the efforts and services provided by IFM company will result in cost-cutting or in other words saving huge bucks for the client. We as a professional IFM company see nothing wrong with it. From our point of view prolonging the useful life of a facility is an example of economic sustainability. Now comes the third part of the puzzle, the social aspect of sustainability which is closely knit to the personal productivity of the occupants of the building. Clubbing the three elements allows us to draw a conclusion that the creation of sustainable space is all about creating a  work environment that is safer and healthier for its occupants and more productive in meeting organizational objectives,

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a space as “a boundless three-dimensional extent in which objects and events occur and have relative position and direction (Merriam-Webster, 2017).”

The definition is perfect for the real world however in the world of IFM there are boundaries in space and that’s where we have to give our creative inputs. A commercial space or should we say office space has fixtures and furniture that have to be worked upon and add to it the transient elements that add to the complexity of the phenomenon. Just for sake of information transient elements are those elements which can move in and out of the building or space hence putting additional strain on the resource use. Transient elements also include objects such as warehouse inventory that occupy space temporarily.

Typically in facilities management, we are concerned with a building’s systems, operation, and functionality – the physical as well as the organizational.  Space planning is a practice that works hand-in-hand with facilities management and provides opportunities for more sustainable workplaces.

How can an Integrated Facility Management Company contribute to sustainable planning?

An IFM Company can really help in crafting sustainable space planning by the following

  1. Adding elements to existing space
    Move into any self-managed office space you would notice that most of the time space is underutilized. An IFM company can create more sustainable space by adding certain elements which would increase the usability of the same space.
  2. Space reorganization
    An IFM company can help plan a sustainable space by reorganizing and grouping of similar functional groups together, this helps in saving lots of time and it boosts productivity too.
  3. Space repurposing
    Repurposing a space gives it a fresh lease of life and energy. This concept is widely used in retail spaces with high levels of success. Since an IFM company knows the space intimately it would be in a better position to suggest the changes required in order to convert the space into a sustainable one.
  4. Increase flexibility
    A good IFM company can help make a space more sustainable by pushing the element of flexibility in the assets of the space. This would make the place more sustainable and efficient.

Apart from the above-mentioned points, a true IFM company can really help in creating an environmentally sustainable space. We hope you liked our blog post. Please stay tuned for more such informative posts in the future.

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