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6.01 The Challenge of the European Facility Management Market Driven by Sustainability Certification Systems

Friday, November 2, 2012
9:15 AM-10:15 AM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Track: Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
Format: General Presentation
Knowledge Level: 200 level
Session Description: Climate change and global crises contribute to sustainability becoming a political challenge with global concern. The property sector has an increasing influence on sustainability. Keywords like "energy efficiency" and "life cycle costs" can be crucial factors for the successful marketing of a building, especially as investors demand certificates that supply evidence of sustainability. Those certification systems were developed by different organizations; the most common systems being: BREEAM, DGNB, LEED and HQE.

This session will outline the pro's and con's of various systems, specifically in relation to required facility management services. Sustainable buildings require a sustainable operation phase, which results in new demands for sustainable FM. Learn about the impact of the sustainability trend on FM for professionals and customers.

Learning Objectives:
  • Better understand FM and sustainability in Europe.
  • Become acquainted with different sustainability certification systems and their pro's and con's.
  • Appreciate the impact of the sustainability certifications on FM services.
  • Learn about the consequences for FM contractors and clients.
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    Kunibert Lennerts, Ph.D.
    Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT)
    Institute for Technology and Management in Construction / Facility Management

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kunibert Lennerts has been professor of facility management at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), formerly Universitšt Karlsruhe (TH) since 2000. He was appointed to the first university professorship in facility management after serving as vice director of the German Railway Real Estate Co., responsible for the diverse and voluminous real estate portfolio in Germany at that time. He studied business engineering at Universitšt Karlsruhe (TH) and finished his Ph.D. at the faculty of civil engineering. His research focuses on optimization of facility management in hospitals, maintenance strategies for large real estate portfolios, and the area of sustainability, especially life cycle cost considerations. Lennerts is the author of numerous publications in the field of facility and property management. He is a member of the Admissions and Examinations Committee of the German Sustainable Building Council, and a member of the Sustainability Advisory Board of the ECE.