Challenges FMs have to face to future-proof the profession

FM newsroom – profession, facility management. FM specialists agree that adapting to the trends shaping the profession is becoming urgent and inevitable. They claim, that to future-proof the sector, professionals must focus on sustainable operation, the application of Prop Tech developments and the appropriate training of the next generation of facility managers.


Sustainable operation – Growing demands

“The three major crises of the last 15 years have brought together the players of the industry: the owner, the facility manager and the building user. Radical reduction of costs during the financial crisis, increased hygiene requirements in the case of a pandemic, and currently the reduction of energy costs are our most important common topics,”- quotes László Vágó, president of LEO, CEO of NEO Property Services Zrt. 


According to LEO – the Hungarian National Association of Facility Management and Building Management Service Providers – the appreciation of energy efficiency and sustainability aspects will also be one of the most determining trends in facility management in 2024. In addition to the reduction of energy consumption and the optimization of waste management, there is a growing demand for real-time energy monitoring systems, the integration of renewable energy sources and continuous sustainability data analysis. As a result, building rating methods such as LEED and BREEAM will soon become standard tools for facility managers.


PropTech solutions – In the spotlight

Innovative technological solutions are also appearing prominently in building management. An independent working group has also been formed in LEO focusing on digitization, particularly on PropTech (Property & Technology) and BIM (Building Information Modeling). Regular consultation and professional cooperation with legislators and real estate professional organizations are among the main purposes of the group. They aim to create forward-looking BIM and ESG regulations that can also be used in practice.


IoT technology, AI-driven (artificial intelligence) and cloud-based solutions are also pushing building operators to switch from traditional schedules to a predictive maintenance model based on predictive algorithms. In this way, they can reduce repair costs while increasing the performance of buildings. The intelligent building model is therefore no longer the future, but very much a part of daily practice, in which the mobile device and laptop are now just as much a part of the building maintenance tool kit as the screwdriver and the wrench.


Fight labour shortage – Educate next-gen professionals

According to the results of LEO’s latest survey, the responding managers expect a 6.67% decrease in the number of employees of the companies they manage in the last quarter.


Finding and signing the right supply is also a constant challenge. For this reason, the primary goals of the Association included the creation of a knowledge centre based on the cooperation of market players, the support of professional training and education, and the development of jointly developed modern solutions.


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