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Sustainable Practice for the Facilities Manager



Sustainable Practice for the Facilities Manager

Sunil Shah

ISBN: 978-1-405-17340-7 April 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 320 Pages


sectors including offices, retail and manufacturing. It explains the facilities manager’s role in incorporating sustainability into the whole life-cycle of a building – from initial briefing to final disposal.

The book takes a structured approach:
• masterplanning and real estate (acquisitions and disposals)
• design
• construction and commissioning
• refurbishment, fit-out and project management
• maintenance
• operation
• occupant satisfaction.

Sustainable Practice for the Facilities Manager fills a the gap between the policy-level sustainability books and the detailed technical documents by focusing on the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of planning and implementing sound environmental management practices in the context of FM operations.

It covers policy and trends on global, European and UK levels affecting businesses; compliance requirements for organisations - including some sector-specific areas; and best practice, with good and bad case studies showing the business benefits of incorporating sustainable practice into day-to-day activities.

The book is for:
• facilities management professionals
• public and private organisations owning properties
• property companies
• institutional investors
• building services or supplier organisations
and will help you deliver an improved operationally performing facility.

Sunil Shah – Technical Director and Head of Sustainability, Jacobs
Sunil has over eight years consultancy experience within the built environment, reviewing lifecycle environmental and social impacts from facilities. He has experience in a number of sectors, providing strategic consultancy support for clients including GlaxoSmithKline, BP, BAA, HM Prison Service, Pfizer and London Fire Brigade.

Sunil has most recently been involved in supporting the inclusion of facilities management within the DTI’s Sustainable Construction Strategy.

Case Studies.

Company Profiles.



1. Sustainable development and facilities management.

2. Sustainable Business Management.

3. Facilities Lifecycle.

4. Operation of the Facility.

Further reading.


Appendix 1: Sources and documents relevant to environmental management for facilities managers.

Appendix 2: Initiatives/bodies relevant to sustainable design, construction and property.


'Gives detailed practical guidance and information which can be implemented to integrate sustainability into the day-to-day activities of those who manage buildings.'

June issue Croner's Voluntary Organisation Management

'In addition to case studies many other things are done to make this a practical source for the reader; there are photographs, diagrams and models, questionnaires, tables, graphs and a very helpful list of other sources to follow up many issues in more detail depending on your interests.' Building Engineer

'As sustainable practice becomes, of necessity, the norm in all aspects of society, facilities managers will find this book a useful point of reference in their daily work. Those new to the field will be hard-pressed to come across a better overview of the subject. For students of facilities management and related subjects this book represents an important introduction to and treatment of the topic and one that should remain useful throughout their professional careers.' Professor Loveday

  • policy and trends on a global, European and UK level affecting businesses

  • compliance requirements for organisations - including some sector specific areas

  • best practice with good and bad case studies to illustrate potential benefits

  • worked examples of how to incorporate sustainability into day-to-day activities