One Planet Facilities
One Planet Facilities represents an approach for the development of sustainable facilities and facility services in and for sustainable buildings and building users. One Planet Facilities is a banner under which ISS Facility Services generates concrete answers to the following question: what entails sustainable development in the design, the construction, the maintenance and the exploitation of buildings and the servicing of building-users?
ISS and sustainable development
One crucial element of ISS Facility Services’s Corporate Responsibility Policy is ‘sustainable development’, more precisely: sustainable development in realizing, maintaining en operating buildings and facilitating building users. In defining ‘sustainable development’, ISS links up with the UN Commission Our Common Future (the so-called Brundtland Commission), which coined what has become the most often-quoted definition of sustainable development as development that ‘meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.
ISS: a link in a chain
Its core business being the provision of facility services, ISS plays an important role in the facilities supply chain of realizing, maintaining and operating buildings and facilitating building-users. Applying the Brundtland-definition leads inevitably up to a life-cycle approach in developing buildings. This development-process can be looked upon as a complicated supply-chain in which many actors take part. Unfortunately, traditionally that chain is extremely compartmentalized, which makes cooperation between links problematic, and a life-cycle approach virtually non-existent. The consequences are dramatic: low quality in terms of sustainability, high levels of total-life-cycle costs, hundreds of thousands of square meters of unoccupied office facilities, and serious degradation of business areas. All in all more than enough reasons for change. Fortunately, the first signs of such a change are beginning to present themselves.
The beginning of this century saw the advent of PFI-tenders in the Dutch market, introducing DBFMO-contracts in The Netherlands. Design, construction, financing, maintenance and operation of buildings are integrated into one single contract. By doing so, contracting authorities stimulate life-cycle approaches. Although not sufficient, a life-cycle approach is an important necessary condition for sustainable development.
ISS’s House of Facility Services is not only a reproduction of ISS’s package of services in general. It serves also as a model for the configuration of services in individual, so-called Integrated Facility Services contracts. Applying a life-cycle approach in developing buildings entails the application of similar approaches in developing their facilities and facility services. In other words: DBFMO-approaches in developing buildings require Design, Develop & Operate approaches in the development of the accompanying House of Facility Services
One Planet Facility Design – a sustainable challenge
The Design, Develop & Operate approach in the development of sustainable facilities and facility services requires a new kind of expertise: One Planet Facility Design. ISS has won six out of seven PFI-contracts in The Netherlands so far. Some of those contracts show remarkable levels of sustainability. The lesson is that the market is capable of attaining levels of sustainability that exceed those required by government regulation - at no higher than market prices - provided that actors in the building supply chain work together and adopt a life-cycle approach. By winning the PFI-contracts, ISS has built up a lead in this new expertise. Its Knowledge Centre will further develop this lead in One Planet Facility Design.