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Empowering Facility Managers: Overcoming Challenges and Unleashing Efficiency

Updated: Jun 1, 2023


Discover the common challenges faced by building owners, and how Facility Managers play a crucial role in optimizing building operations. From increasing costs to aging infrastructures, explore the key obstacles and the need for proactive solutions. In this blog post, we delve into the importance of harnessing data, embracing innovation, and transforming Facility Managers into strategic business partners for enhanced efficiency and personalized services.

Unveiling the Challenges Faced by Building Owners

As per the Building Owners & Management Association (BOMA), building owners encounter various challenges including escalating costs, deferred maintenance issues, growing complexity of building systems, aging infrastructures, and occupant comfort concerns. These hurdles demand proactive measures to ensure smooth operations and cost-effective management.

The Breakdown of Costs

Major commercial building category expenses by building type

Understanding the cost distribution within buildings is essential for effective financial management. Typically, expenses comprise fixed costs, utility bills, and repairs and maintenance expenses. Energy and water costs alone account for approximately 22% of operating costs, with utilities being a significant portion. We explore how these costs impact investment decisions and hinder energy retrofits.

Unveiling Energy Efficiency Gaps

Energy consumption in project and energy consumption measured during building operation

Non-domestic buildings of ten consume 3.5 times more energy than initially designed, falling short of expected performance levels. Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) fail to accurately predict actual energy usage, and there is minimal correlation between EPCs and Display Energy Certificates (DECs). We analyze the implications of this discrepancy and its impact on building energy management.

The Evolving Role of Facility Managers

Facility Managers (FMs) are pivotal in maintaining buildings, meeting legal requirements, and ensuring safety standards. FMs now play a strategic and operational role, utilizing technological advancements and data analysis. We explore how FMs have transformed from reactive roles to proactive strategic partners, focused on value creation and sustainable solutions.

Unleashing the Power of Data and Innovation

The influx of data presents both challenges and opportunities for Facility Managers. Efficiently correlating, understanding, and reacting to real-time data is the next big challenge in Building Automation. FMs must adapt to changing environments, leverage technology, and empower service deliveries through data analysis. We discuss the crucial role of innovation and the impact it has on facility management practices.

Empowering Facility Managers for Success

To remain impactful in the facility management industry, FMs must embrace personalized services and value creation, the what called Empowering Facility Managers. By focusing on data-driven insights, adopting proactive strategies, and staying ahead of daily challenges, Facility Managers become strategic partners in driving business growth. We explore the importance of evolving from passive managers to proactive innovators.

Maintenance team working in a technical facility


In the face of increasing challeng es, Facility Managers hold the key to optimizing building operations and driving efficiency. By harnessing data, embracing innovation, and delivering personalized services, FM's become indispensable assets for building owners. It's time for Facility Managers to rise to the occasion, proactively navigating challenges, and unlocking the full potential of modern facility management.

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