With Singapore gearing towards a more sustainable future, pushing for more building efficiency is one of the top priorities. The Green Mark certification by BCA certifies buildings that are more environmentally friendly and sustainable, by such indicators like a reduction in water, electricity and material usage, as well as improved indoor quality for better health and well-being. Currently, Singapore’s 31% of buildings are certified green with a lofty target of 80% by 2030. This is where facilities management comes in crucial.
FM drives the efficiency of buildings through active monitoring, tracking and managing of building energy efficiency, water and waste management and suitability of the indoor conditions for use. The FM scene is starting to get dependent on cloud-based solutions using such technologies like predictive analytics to improve asset management and provide real-time updates and tracking with all indicators. Currently, digital analytics is still nascent in the field, and there are few players, but it is important in ensuring that problems are detected beforehand instead of being dealt with post-occurrence.
There remains challenges in revamping the building landscape. One of the challenges is the fact that many buildings are old and efficiencies degrade along with age. It is up to the management and owners to decide whether the benefits of an upgrade will exceed the upfront costs of replacing the old systems. Some see benefits of an upgrade to sensor-based systems due to rising labour and utility costs. Ultimately, a simple cost-benefit analysis should answer the very question of “should we green our building?”