Back in 2004/5 I chaired a Constructing Excellence working group, aBeCFM, an collaborative exercise between BE (now Constructing Excellence) and CFM (Centre for Facilities Management) with a remit to explore the collaboration and integrated working across the built environment sectors of design, construction and facilities management.
Following an article in Modern Building Services “What if we bought everything in reverse order” and an associated twitter conversation, I have dusted down the recommendations from the abecfm working group below. They are as relevant today as then, maybe more so in light of the Governments Construction Strategy.
Central thinking was feedbackfeedforward that recognised FM’s unique position and role to feedback of facility knowledge to design / construction at the start of a project and to feedforward facility knowledge into the organisation for organisational improvement.
The feeding back and feeding forward of building in use data and facilities management knowledge is key in helping to close the loop between RIBA stages 7 and 1. (Which should never have been illustrated as a linear process)
- FM to act as broker for collaborative and integrated process. Early involvement of FM must be a given
- Extend culture of collaboration throughout the facilities life cycle, from concept to destruction (Would probably call this Cradle to Cradle now!)
- Increase awareness of design, construction and fm leverage through better understanding of 1:5:200 ratios
- Facilities Management to drive a built environment collaborative approach to sustainability.
- Adopt a collaborative improvement framework for an integrated FM led sector (such as EQFM or Be Excellent)
- Assess value for all stakeholders –more focus on value management. Include whole life value statements with all design proposals
- Integrate processes to address complexity, particularly at interfaces and handover stages
- Share knowledge for innovation and learning feedback/feedforward
- Address people and leadership issues necessary for the transition to an integrated and collaborative, FM led industry
Unfortunately the abecfm.com website that contained more detail and signposted to references and case studies has been removed. But hopefully we can track it down and give it the light of day once again.