Around three-quarters of contributors to the Q3 RICS Facilities Management survey believe that clients consider sustainability to be either the most important or an important issue in the tendering process, a rise from 70 per cent in the last quarter. The figures also show that energy management and health and wellbeing are seen as the areas of sustainability that have seen the fastest growth in investment over the past twelve months.
A new report, Sustainability rises up the agenda in the UK Facilities Management Sector [see page 8] assesses the economic responses and why FMs are at the forefront of changing the way buildings can be operated sustainably.
RICS’ Sustainability Analyst, Kisa Zehra commented:
“The COP26 conference in November highlighted once again that urgent action is needed to significantly decrease the built environment’s emissions, for the UK this is an essential milestone towards the Net Zero by 2050 goal.
“The latest results to the RICS UK Facilities Management Survey shows some signs of progress. Contributors note that end users are regularly implementing energy efficiency measures in buildings to reduce operational carbon emissions. In addition, sustainability is seen as an important issue by clients in the tendering process.
“That said, it is crucial that momentum around this issue accelerates significantly for the sector to meet its tough climate obligations. More ambitious building regulations relating to energy and carbon performance could be particularly useful, furthermore data, tools and metrics to help track progress are essential.”
See page 8 of the Dec/Jan issue of FMJ for a comment on the results of the data by Paul Bagust, Global Property Standards Director, RICS