IEN was delighted to be among the speakers at the recent facilities management conference (FMAC2022) in Kota Kinabalu. Gregers (IEN) took the chance to share about the lessons learned from some of our built green building projects. As well as the importance of designing buildings that are practical, easy and cheap to maintain. As the saying goes "The operator all ways wins". In other words, if you design a building that impractical, difficult and expensive to be operated and maintained, various short-cuts will be taken by the operator and the building will not be used as per the design intent.
Gregers also share the key points from our recent podcast with Head of Facilities Management, Pn. Hamidah, who for the past 12 years has managed to maintain the highly energy efficient operation of the building we designed, the ST Diamond building, with the building still only consuming 1/3 of the energy consumption of ordinary office buildings:
Interestingly, Pn. Hamidah dispelled the notion that green buildings are difficult and expensive to maintain. On the contrary, over the last twelve years she found the ST Diamond building (GBI and GreenMark Platinum certified) to be both easier and cheaper to maintain than ordinary buildings. The full 30 minute vlog/podcast can be played here: https://www.ien.com.my/post/interview-with-fm-is-green-building-operation-easy-difficult-cheap-expensive
In the conference Q&A session and coffee breaks, it was interesting that several of the facility managers at the conference expressed their sincere appreciation of IEN Consultants' effort to learn from the operational phase of past building projects, so the same design mistakes are not repeated over and over again.
IEN's slides on the topic "Facility Management of Green Buildings: Is it Easy/Difficult? Is it Cheap/Expensive?" can be viewed and downloaded below:
This 2-day conference was held on 13-14 December 2022 at Le Meridien Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. It was organised by MAFM. The title of the conference was: FMAC2022, 3rd Facilities Management Asia Conference, IR 4.0 in the New Normal: Future of Facilities Management