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Top considerations when managing government buildings

August 7th, 2015 Category: Local Authority & Housing

Facilities maintenance encompasses a broad range of services and considerations that are necessary for maintaining a building – particularly a government one.

In this guide, we will outline some of the main considerations that facilities managers need to take into account when maintaining state properties.

Of course, these guidelines and principles can be applied to any property or commercial building.

By taking these on board, you will be able to ensure that all aspects of the property maintenance are taken care of.

So what are the main things you need to be aware of? We list them below.

Volume

There will be a variety of government buildings in any one city. This includes town halls, civic buildings, council buildings, departmental buildings, as well as schools, gyms and other estates owned by the local authority.

Therefore, the first thing to ensure is that all the properties are maintained to the same standard, and preferably by the same contractors.

For this reason it is essential to identify the needs and requirements of each particular asset in order to determine what your approach will be to each one.

Cleanliness

The cleanliness of a public building is crucial in terms of hygiene, and maintaining trust in public institutions.

Naturally, cleaners and janitors will nearly always be hired to ensure a building remains clean.

However, for local authorities, it is likely to be much more cost-effective to invest in reliable and reputable cleaning firm, with the capacity and power to look after a large portfolio of properties.

Environment

Environmental factors are among the most important considerations that a local authority should factor into the equation.

A growing number of people are conscious about their impact on the environment and the government has targets when it comes to carbon reduction.

In order to ensure that the local authority is compliant with sustainability initiatives then every decision made regarding the maintenance of the building should factor this into the equation.

For example, when it comes to selecting external contractors, processes should be put in place to research their environmental credentials before hiring.

Cleaning companies are no exception. The products used to maintain a property can have a significant effect on the environment.

Therefore, in such a case, it would be necessary to ensure that any cleaning firm you use has sustainability at the forefront of its agenda.

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