RICS is developing a data led, people centric, holistic standard benchmarking framework, referred to as IBOS (International Building Operating Standard), which goes beyond the traditional ways of measuring building performance, and places user experience at its heart.
This person-centred and holistic approach will allow organisations to use data to measure and benchmark the quality of their buildings in terms of function, sustainability, cost, performance, and compliance, with best practice.
A self-assessment tool is also being developed as part of IBOS. This will enable input of data to score buildings against a variety of measures, in order to make continuous improvements and deliver better buildings for people, society, and the planet.
The standard will be relevant for:
- Service / FM providers
- Asset managers
- Occupiers / occupier representatives
- Landlords and tenants
- Health and safety / Wellbeing professionals
- Technology providers
- Environmental / sustainability professional
- Local authorities and central government
Paul Bagust, Head of Property Standards at RICS said: “Property managers and FMs can harness the vast amounts of data that buildings produce (especially data centred on the experience of its users), in a manner comparable with other benchmarks to allow informed strategic, decision-making.”
The consultation closes on Monday 18th October at 23:59 (UK time) can be accessed here.
As workplaces open up and restrictions lift the role of the FM has become more important than ever.
The challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic are now providing a valuable opportunity for FMs to demonstrate their skills and adaptability. Whilst on a practical level FMs are responsible for making buildings safe and comfortable, they are also crucial in attracting people back to the office.
In speaking with industry leaders, it is clear that there are six key areas of focus. Zip has published a white paper which looks at each one, suggesting ways that facilities managers can tackle the complexities and pace of a return to the workplace, whilst demonstrating clear and effective leadership along the way.
To find out more download the white paper here.