29 November 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Dr Joseph Allen, director of the Healthy Buildings Program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Chan School, and principal investigator for the recent COGfx studies, said: “The person most responsible for your health is the FM. More so than any medical doctor. We spend so much of our time indoors so these people are critical and can be thought of as healthcare workers because they are responsible for our health and if that person is doing a good job, then they are keeping everybody in that building healthy.”
John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer at global building technologies and aerospace company United Technologies, which organised the event in partnership with the UK Green Building Council (UK GBC), told FM World that the green building movement is “here to stay” for three reasons which are investors, building owners and tenants are starting to see the value of such structures.
Potentially, this opens up an entirely new front in the battle to prove FM’s value.
So our question this month is – should FM sell itself more on its role in sustaining the health of the workers it serves? Or should FM concentrate solely on the optimisation and provision of workspace?
You can vote below or please email your answers and any further comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.