Building Maintenance & Environment


One of the main objective for enterprises must be to keep the building(s)’ and plants’ efficiency, with high rates of feasibility, high rates of lasting value taking into account the economical and ecological aspect. Safety, well-being and productivity as well as its environment are the crucial factors for the enterprises’ decision finding. Since the AGENDA 21 from Rio, the following declaration from the EU (EUGuideline 1836/93 from 1993) and the implementation of EMAS and EMAS II the companies in the EU started to implement environmental and ecological aspects in their business. But the need and the understanding for an implementation of those aspects into maintenance respectively building maintenance processes and activities just became actually at the end of the last century in most European countries.

Due to the initiative of the EFNMS a project group was organised on the council meeting in may 1998 in Brussels to execute the project’s outline – the "EFNMS Working Group Building Maintenance". The main objective of the project was to “add the ecological and economical aspects to the existing building maintenance process in order to save the environment and optimise the operational costs”. Therefore it was necessary to find out the “state of the art” in this special field of Maintenance for example about: 

  • (Building) Maintenance
  • (Building) Environment
  • Relevant national and international standards
  • Relevant national and international projects
  • Best practise in different European countries and companies in Europe or even worldwide.

First of all the Working Group members collected information about national and international standards and projects in the field of Building Maintenance and Environment to get a general overview about the situation in Europe. They realised very fast that there is a lot of demand for action in this special field of maintenance. Especially environmental and ecological aspects are often neglected in most European countries. The members of this Working Group recognised very fast the importance of their work and decided to make an application for an EUREKA-MAINE-Project. The application was accepted in the end of 1998 and the EUREKA-Project Sigma 2081 EUROENVIRON-MAINTENVIR: “Building maintenance considered under ecological and economical aspects” started on the 1st of December, 1998, and ended official on the 1st December, 2000.

The results of the investigations are documented in 3 Volumes:

  • “Building Maintenance and Environment – Strategic Level” (First Edition, April 2001, 231 pages + appendix).
  • “Building Maintenance and Environment – Tactical Level” (First Edition, June 2001, 177 pages + appendix).
  • “Building Maintenance and Environment – Operational Level” (First Edition, August 2001, 185 pages + appendix).

The main intention of the first Volume is to give Building Maintenance Managers, Building Owners, Building Operators and even Facility Managers a short but comprehensive overview about “what is going on” in this special field on national and international Level. The reader of this Volume will not only be informed about actual developments and the “state of the art” in the field of Building Maintenance. He will also get the newest information about EMAS II, ISO 9000-2000, ISO 15686 and several connected topics like Maintenance or Environmental policies and strategies (e.g. TPM, RCM, AGENDA 21). Therefore this Volume is dedicated to the “Top of the Pyramid”: The Strategic Level .

The user of Volume 2 “Building Maintenance and Environment – Tactical Level” (First Edition, June 2001) gets an extensive overview about different processes in the field of Building Maintenance and Environment based on the investigations (standards, projects etc.) which are documented in Volume 1. In addition to this the authors produced several tools and guidelines to enable the user of this Volume to perform his individual processes in an environmental conscious way. He can use and/or adopt the defined processes/guidelines for his own needs and therefore the most important are also documented as files on an attached CD. Following the “Red Line” of the project Volume 3 “Building Maintenance and Environment – Operational Level” deals with maintenance activities, processes and techniques for several building elements including fundamental theoretical backgrounds and examples of best practice in a short and comprehensive way. This Volume starts with the a detailed review of basics of the wear-and-tear process (see also Volume 1 “Strategic Level”) because the maintenance activities, processes and techniques and examples of best practice in this Volume were directly performed or chosen to influence the wear-and-tear process on the operational level. Furthermore the reader gets several guidelines and recommendations how to put the process model described in Volume 2 into practice. Of course the user of this Volume has to adopt and perform them for his own needs. To help him the authors of this Volume collected several examples of best practice concerning Ø Building Maintenance activities for specific building elements (attached on CD)

  •  Maintenance techniques – focus on electric installations
  • Wear partical detection and analysis
  • Motor condition monitoring (electrical analysis).

The user will also get a general overview about the possibilities to control the performance of activities and processes (metrics, measures and benchmarks). This part is focused on asset maintenance management but most explanations are also valid for building maintenance management respectively can easily be adopted.

It was rather difficult to cover every maintenance and environmental aspect especially on the operational level to satisfy the users needs and the authors demands of this Volume simultaneously because of the complexity and never stopping developments in the field of Building Maintenance during the project. And it was difficult (and sometimes not necessary respectively possible) to separate every basics of building maintenance from facility maintenance, equipment maintenance management etc. on the operational level because on this level of the pyramid the basic operational procedures and techniques are often similar or the same (e.g. Preventive maintenance activities or condition monitoring methods for the technical building equipment like pumps, gears, fans, hydraulic systems, generators).

The authors want to point out that the duration of the project (2 years) was too short to analyse and describe the operational level in every required and useful detail. Therefore they focused on the basics and decided to start a new project with a focus on details of Building Maintenance and Environment on the operational level in the future. There is still a lot of demand for research in the field of Building Maintenance. ( be continued!).

PS: The CD is no longer shipped with the books. You can download all Apendices on this webpage.


Books on Building Maintenance

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