SFG20 aiming to tackle big issues at the Facilities Show

The team behind the industry’s building maintenance standard SFG20 will be demonstrating a range of solutions to the biggest challenges facing FMs at the forthcoming Facilities Show in London.

SFG20 will be showcasing its full range of e-guides and checklists to help building owners and managers cope with a blizzard of new regulations and financial pressures.

It will also be demonstrating its recently launched digital tool SFG20 Resource Modeller which is designed to help facilities managers improve building services performance, cut long-term operating costs, meet low carbon targets, and ensure equipment performs well for its full intended operating life.

New Fire Safety (England) Regulations came into force at the start of the year, bringing in tough new legal requirements for anyone responsible for fire safety in higher risk residential buildings (HRRBs), and the evolving Building Safety Act has been described as the biggest change to safety culture since the second world war.

“All of this alongside the ferocious pressure on budgets can seem daunting to facilities managers, so SFG20 will be taking the opportunity to demonstrate how our digital systems can ease the pressure,” said product director Paul Bullard. “The team behind SFG20 continually updates the service and maintenance schedules to ensure anyone using our system to manage their building remains on top of legislative changes and on the right side of the law.”

The three-day show being held at the Excel centre in London’s Docklands area on May 16-18 is a great opportunity for building professionals to examine emerging technologies and reflect on what is a hugely challenging time for anyone responsible for commercial property.

SFG20 Resource Modeller is targeted at one of the biggest challenges faced by commissioning teams: How to accurately estimate the long-term cost of maintenance.  It is designed to price the specific requirements of any building so FMs can find the most cost-efficient strategy for managing service and maintenance tasks.

Although only recently launched, it has already been recognised as one of the top facilities management innovations in the past 12 months by voters in the 2023 Tomorrow’s FM Awards.

Managing risk is a key part of what SFG20 offers, but it will be explaining that its solutions are not just about staying legal and reducing safety hazards.

“We also offer a route to managing financial risk at this time of rising costs by the optimisation of an individual building’s maintenance requirements,” said Bullard. “This helps FMs target spending where it will do the most good and avoid over or under-maintaining their assets.”

He said the pressure on people’s time meant they would be looking for tangible benefits from their visits to the show so the SFG20 team expect to face detailed and searching questions – particularly when it comes to managing assets in a cost-effective way.

“This is a great opportunity to exchange knowledge with a broad cross-section of the industry, but also to share problems and potential solutions,” said Bullard. “Times are tough right now so it is very helpful to be able to talk to people who are going through similar experiences – and really motivating if we can share possible solutions and learn from each other.

“Come and see us on Stand FM 3830.”

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