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Green Facilities Management Agreements

The new “Green Facility Management Agreements - Recommended Clauses and Actions for Sustainable Building Management” guidelines provide facility management companies and property owners with comprehensive legal, methodical and substantive recommendations for sustainable building management. The brochure, which contains model conditions for green facility management agreements, is published jointly by Cushman & Wakefield, the German Private Institute for Sustainable Real Estate (DIFNI), international legal firm DLA Piper and WISAG.
“The topic of sustainability is becoming increasingly attractive beyond the planning and construction phases of buildings. Sustainable building management is becoming an equally significant factor,” said Christiane Conrads, real estate specialist at DLA Piper. “What has been missing to date were clear guidelines for designing suitable contracts. Our new brochure aims to satisfy that need. It sets out typical scenarios, provides sample formulations and explains the background to the various regulations. This makes it easy to understand the connection between the individual clauses.”

In addition to contract templates, the brochure also contains a model service specification for sustainable facility management that was devised by WISAG Facility Management and awarded the DIFNI “Badge of Recognition”. “The model service specifications provide a clear definition of ecological building operation and show how management can lay the groundwork for successful BREEAM DE Bestand certification,” explained Ralf Pilger, MRICS, managing director at WISAG Facility Management, Hesse.

“Implementing certifiable sustainability aspects in the day-to-day operation and management of a property, and thus dramatically simplifying verification in the case of certification, is a sound approach that is enjoying increasing acceptance and implementation,” noted Simone Lakenbrink, BREEAM seal holder for the German-speaking countries.

The brochure is another outcome of the working group that was established in 2012 and joined by WISAG Facility Management at the end of 2013. It had previously published a brochure of model provisions for green property management agreements.

“By expanding the working group, we were able to develop the basic prerequisites for measurable, sustainable facility management services. The coordinated and complementary specifications for sustainable property management and sustainable facility management – both of which were awarded the “Badge of Recognition” – permit cost-effective sustainable property management using new technologies. Linking these aspects makes it easier to increase sustainability performance and ensures optimal cooperation in terms of cost-effective, long-term facility management,” said Nina Jansen of Cushman & Wakefield.

The results of the working group have been presented at Expo Real 2014. The working group then intends to add additional members to develop the concept of sustainable building management further.

The “Green Facility Management Agreements - Recommended Clauses and Actions for Sustainable Building Management” brochure can be downloaded free of charge from the websites of Cushman & Wakefield, DIFNI, DLA Piper and WISAG.