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What is Sustainable FM?

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Sustainable facilities management (SFM) refers to managing facilities to reduce environmental impacts, promote social responsibility, and ensure economic sustainability. SFM seeks to balance the needs of the environment, society, and the economy. It is guided by the principles of sustainability, which include reducing waste, conserving resources, and promoting social equity.


The goals of sustainable facilities management may include:


  • Reducing energy and water consumption.
  • Minimising waste generation and promoting recycling and reuse.
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Promoting the use of sustainable materials and products.
  • Ensuring compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Promoting social equity and responsibility.
  • Achieving economic sustainability.


To achieve these goals, sustainable facilities management should involve a range of strategies and practices, such as:


  • Conducting energy audits and implementing energy-efficient systems and practices.
  • Implementing water conservation measures, such as low-flow fixtures and rainwater harvesting.
  • Implementing waste reduction and recycling programs.
  • Promoting sustainable materials and products, such as those made from renewable resources or recycled content.
  • Incorporating sustainable design principles into new construction and renovation projects.
  • Implementing environmental management systems, such as ISO 14000.
  • Encouraging sustainable behaviours among staff and building users.
  • Supporting social equity and responsibility through community engagement, fair labour practices, and other initiatives.


Overall, sustainable facilities management is a critical component of promoting environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic sustainability. By reducing environmental impacts, promoting social equity, and ensuring economic viability, SFM can help to create a healthier, more sustainable future for both current and future generations.

Posted : 05/12/2023 12:08 pm
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