If your business is struggling to keep up with energy costs, you should consider outsourcing your facility management – at least that’s what a recent study from JLL has found. In the commercial property industry, the global market for facility management will be worth an estimated US$1.9 (A$2.73) trillion by 2024.
Outsourcing facilities management means that businesses can leverage sustainability expertise, since the best providers will be well versed in sustainability regulations and best practice.
Sustainable facility management, when done right, can ensure that buildings have a neutral impact on the environment – by fine-tuning daily operations, and even the structure of the building itself.
In fact, JLL’s study has found that outsourcing non-core duties to experts could trim 25 per cent of property-related costs from the expenses sheet. These savings are typically found in energy consumption, property maintenance, workforce administration, training and supply chain management.
The report entitled Facility Management Outsourcing: Five steps for navigating the journey, also pointed out that outsourcing could provide relief to Australia’s current staff shortage, with many businesses unable to lock down talent for in-house roles.
JLL’s head of sales (work dynamics) in Australasia, Nick Moore says outsourcing is an important strategy for businesses who are keen to concentrate on core activities.
“Once a comprehensive facility management partnership is in place, it will significantly reduce the effort and cost spent running your property portfolio, whilst also accelerating your sustainability and compliance objectives,”Nick says.
“Leveraging a facilities management company’s supply chain network can help reduce your third party spend through leveraging their size and scale Additionally, sustainability is an equally important area — the best providers know the latest practice and regulations and can craft a comprehensive program to reduce a building’s carbon footprint and help businesses achieve their net-zero objectives.”
Consultants like AFRC Lab, Bill Identity, dsquared, Box Forest Consulting, Building for Impact, CIM Environment, EcCell Environmental Management, Ecosave, Edge Environment, and Energetics (to name a few) can help your business cut energy costs and accelerate sustainability objectives.
Building 4 Impact for example, started out as a consultancy providing a range of services such as NABERS ratings for energy, water, waste and IEQ, as well as assessments for thermal, visual and acoustic comfort.
Now the think tanks competent research team can cover anything to do with the liveability of a building, including occupant productivity and indoor environmental quality (IEQ).
Such businesses can craft a comprehensive program to reduce a building’s carbon footprint and help businesses achieve their net-zero objectives.
There are five steps your business should take when considering outsourcing, according to Nick:
- Clarify your goals
- Collaborate with your stakeholders to identify needs and issues.
- Explore options for achieving goals
- Design a transparent commercial construct
- Communicate clearly to ensure a smooth transition
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