An integrated and sustainable approach to building management

A municipality, OCMW, city or province often has an extensive real estate portfolio. Equally often, there are many opportunities to make a more optimal use of the city’s patrimony and to manage it in a more sustainable way. By applying the principles of a circular economy, Möbius identifies these opportunities. In 2015 the city and ‘social house’ of Ostend had the ambition to develop an integrated facility management, with which they would maintain each building more effectively and achieve an optimal organization according to the needed functionalities.
Helen Versluys

Möbius developed a dynamic building inventory in close consultation with the departments involved. We included both technical building characteristics (surface area, condition of the building, materials, condition of the installations, degree of disassembly, etc.) in collaboration with the real estate company Colliers as well as social and functional characteristics (degree of occupancy of the building, multi-deployment, strategic location of the building, importance of the building within the district, etc.). With this insight into the city’s heritage (approximately 200 buildings) and its condition, we established a strategy for the sustainable management of this building park. Examples of such strategic principles could be that each building in the portfolio will be used efficiently (with a maximum occupancy rate) and in a multifunctional way, or that the buildings intended for internal operations will be adapted to the needs of the users as a dynamic workplace.

In order to realise the proposed strategy in practice, Möbius developed a detailed implementation plan. This started with testing this strategy on a small scale through its concrete application in two neighbourhoods. Möbius translated the strategy into different scenarios in which we developed a programme of requirements and defined its impact on the city.

A fully mapped real estate portfolio and various scenarios for a concrete functional interpretation, including technical analysis, are the results of the project. This would allow the city and social centre of Ostend to set to work in a concrete manner to manage their buildings in an integrated and sustainable way.


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