Facilities managers under increasing pressure to do more with less and operate within tightening margins. Although capital planning will always be subject to pressure to cut spending as much as possible, it is important for facilities managers to think about how implementing a proactive commercial building maintenance program could enable the cost savings necessary to meet such demand. Proactive commercial building maintenance uses preventative maintenance strategies to increase profitability.
Proactive Commercial Building Maintenance Will Require Investment
Part of the challenge with facilities managers seeking to improve facilities spend through proactive commercial building maintenance often incurs higher investment costs. According to Buildings.com, these initial costs must include an evaluation of the following costs:
- Cost of supplies to address existing items on the maintenance backlog.
- Labor costs for existing maintenance needs and those identified through smart technologies.
- Replacement costs for assets that are beyond repair.
- Costs associated with increased frequency of repairs while moving to a proactive maintenance strategy.
- Additional energy consumption costs identified within faulty or malfunctioning equipment and assets.
Although these costs can serve as a potential stumbling block in implementing a proactive commercial building maintenance program, the long-term benefits clearly outweigh the initial investment costs.
How Proactive Maintenance Enables Cost Savings
As explained by David Lewek of Facility Executive, life cycle costing using data-based, connected resources enables the evaluation of long-term building costs. This gives Facilities Managers the ability to determine how specific actions will translate into long-term cost savings, such as implementing a proactive commercial building maintenance program.
Tips for Switching to a Proactive Strategy
Switching to a proactive maintenance strategy requires an understanding of existing facility assets, maintenance needs and projected needs for overall facilities management. Since capital planning plays a prominent role in determining whether to implement a proactive maintenance strategy, benchmarking existing operations for costs and savings opportunities is essential to gaining shareholder and employee support for a change in standard operating procedure. Furthermore, facilities managers can reduce delays and streamline the switch. By following these steps:
- Identify areas with the greatest financial benefit from proactive maintenance.
- Retrofit facility assets with smart technology, creating value through data.
- Plan scheduled maintenance needs in accordance with data feedback.
- Start small, but focus on facility-wide implementation.
Take Advantage of Proactive Commercial Building Maintenance Now
The best-laid plans for reducing capital planning and enhancing productivity in your organization will falter when you that do not take advantage of the benefits of a proactive maintenance program. Facilities managers that have operated with excess deferred maintenance will face resistance to change, especially for its initial investment costs. However, they must not give in to the fears of shareholders’ concerns and let actionable data do the proverbial talking. Learn more about how your organization can implement a proactive commercial building maintenance program by visiting ENTOUCH online or calling 1-800-820-3511 today.