Project 2: From Sustainable Refurbishment to Sustainable Facility Management

The challenge:

It is a fact well known from research that there are multiple barriers between intentions of sustainability and the actual implementation of sustainable solutions in construction and facility management (FM). Some of these barriers are:

  • A lack of a dedicated transferring agency to FM organizations

  • Technology and solutions does not always function as intended after implementation

  • Inadequate communication between advisors, entrepreneurs and owners

  • The users do not always make use of the building in the way it was intended, which results in increased wear and decreased value

  • Insufficient inclusion of the users in the refurbishing process

  • There are no tools for calculating overall economic performances and no rules for their use

  • Reliance on habits, and the construction business' organization inhibits sustainability

Furthermore, it often happens that a refurbished building doesn’t meet the standards and requirements for operation and lifetime expectancy. This results in having to re-refurbish, which includes overseeing systems and installations to ensure that they meet expectations for energy use and indoor climate etc. This cannot be said to be sustainable economically, socially or environmentally.

The main question that needs addressing is how you ensure better interplay between user and the refurbished building in regards to both servicing in general and collection of the users’ experience.

The state of the art:

At this stage there has been no joint Nordic knowledge sharing on the subject. Each country does things differently. Because of this there is an opportunity to advance the FM abilities of Danish students of architectural technology and management, and Norwegian and Swedish construction engineers using the Nordic Built Charter (NBC).

Solving the challenge:

A student with abilities for commissioning coupled with the sustainability principles from the NBC can be proactive in creating the necessary link between advisors, entrepreneurs and suppliers in the early phases. Later the student can function as the connection between administrative FM personnel, managing personnel and the end-user.

The project will make use of evidence based knowledge of sustainable FM of refurbished buildings in education. Additionally, it will work towards securing that the knowledge generated can be monitored in order to ensure the quality of the project’s results.

What does the project create?

  • Nordic students with commissioning and FM skills to solidify their key role for ensuring optimization of sustainable intentions in construction

  • Nordic students with the ability to educate in linking sustainability in planning and building phases and in the following operating phase

  • Nordic students with an understanding of the necessity for involving users to maintain sustainability from refurbishment all the way through to the following operating phase

  • Nordic students with common competences in the commissioning process and shared understandings for valuating and managing sustainable intentions in refurbished buildings

  • Nordic students with strengthened positions in the internordic job market

  • Nordic education with developed FM

  • Evidence based teaching for sustainability and commissioning in the Nordic countries



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