A facility manager's approach to sustainability

Christopher P. Hodges (Facility Engineering Associates, 11001 Lee Highway, Suite D, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA)

Journal of Facilities Management

ISSN: 1472-5967

Publication date: 1 December 2005


The benefits of sustainability and green building practices in facility management are well established. Reduction in energy consumption, productivity increases, waste reduction, and many other beneficial effects of sustainability can be quantified and presented to an organisation's leadership in order to defend sustainable practices and their positive effect on the bottom line. Many of the positive economic effects do not show up immediately, however. One must take a long‐term view of most sustainable practices and carefully evaluate green alternatives to traditional construction, operating and maintenance methodologies. Once the life‐cycle cost (LCC) and total cost of ownership (TCO) are taken into account, an organisation can develop a much clearer picture of the benefits of sustainable practices. The facility manager is in a unique position to view the entire process and is often the leader of the only group that has influence over the entire life cycle of a facility. Therefore, the facility manager often becomes the proponent of sustainable and green practices. Armed with the proper financial and strategic planning tools, the facility manager can create long‐lasting value to the organisation by developing, implementing and maintaining sustainable facility practices.



Hodges, C. (2005), "A facility manager's approach to sustainability", Journal of Facilities Management, Vol. 3 No. 4, pp. 312-324. https://doi.org/10.1108/14725960510630498

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