What to do to make buildings last forever is a topic that I have been promoting at various industry events around Australia and New Zealand over the past few months.
If buildings should last forever, then what do we need to do. Many remain comfortable addressing issues as they arise through reactive maintenance. Simply fixing or repairing components that wear out and break is certainly one way. However, is this sustainable considering the growing demand and changing expectations of communities and customers.
Thinking longer term and moving to more of a planned approach means a change of mindset for many organisations that own and manage large scale property portfolios. It requires good process, systems and people. You need to know your properties well and have property policies and standards defined at a level that can be easily measured. Some view a planned approach as being too costly where others see a planned approach as being the only sustainable way to manage portfolios.
This presentation provides an overview of a process that is being used by a number of organisations in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and beyond. It focuses on a service-led asset planning approach, which starts by thinking about the people actually occupying these buildings and seeing how the facilities are providing for their needs both now and into the future. It will show you how to move from a reactive to a planned approach, what you need to do at a board level and what you need to know to get started. It will also provide some good references for understanding the theory behind long-term asset planning.
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Written & presented by Steve Lyons