As we celebrate World FM Day it has never been more crucial to acknowledge and embrace the critical role of Hard FM Services in advancing sustainability and reducing carbon emissions.
Our hard FM services encompass a range of activities which are essential for the efficient and sustainable operation of buildings and infrastructure. While these services may not be as visible as soft FM services such as cleaning and catering, they are essential for the construction and ongoing operation of healthy, safe, and environmentally-friendly buildings that promote the well-being of their occupants and the wider environment.
The growing emphasis on sustainability and the broader ESG agenda demonstrates the FM industry’s dedication to making a genuine difference. In recent years, there has been a significant shift towards more sustainable construction and building operational practices, driven by a combination of regulatory mandates, market demand, and corporate responsibility. Consequently, FM providers are increasingly focused on delivering sustainable solutions that reduce environmental impact and energy consumption while simultaneously enhancing occupant comfort and productivity.
With the advent of new technologies and digital solutions that are reshaping the design, construction, and operations of buildings, innovation is propelling change in the FM industry on a global scale. The Internet of Things (IOT) continues to advance the enablement and evolution of SMART buildings which optimise energy consumption, monitor interior air quality, provide security solutions, and automate maintenance tasks.
As we look to the future, the FM sector will continue to play a crucial role in advancing sustainability and lowering carbon emissions. As the world confronts the urgent challenge of climate change the demand for sustainable buildings and infrastructure will continue to rise. To meet the evolving requirements of our clients and the broader community, FM providers will need to adapt and adopt new strategies and technologies to provide sustainable, long-term solutions to the industry.
In addition to playing a crucial role in improving the energy efficiency of buildings through initiatives such as the Better Energy Communities programme, the Irish FM industry has set ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, demonstrating its commitment to advancing sustainability and the broader ESG agenda. The programme has supported the retrofitting of over 8,700 homes and enterprises, resulting in substantial year-over-year decreases in CO2 emissions.
The adoption of green building standards requiring new public buildings to meet a minimum BREEAM “Very Good” standard, which recognises buildings with a high level of sustainability and energy efficiency, is another example of Ireland’s accomplishments. This has spread to the private sector, propelling the adoption of sustainable building practices, with an increasing number of clients not only expecting but mandating the achievement of sustainability credentials as standard design and use practice.
Hard FM services are an integral part of sustainable building practices, and the FM industry plays a crucial role in furthering sustainability and carbon reduction.
Celebrating World FM Day and its central theme, “Driving Real Change,” it is important to acknowledge the accomplishments of the Irish FM industry and to look forward to a future where new technologies, innovation, and a commitment to ESG will continue to be a force for driving change to create a more sustainable and resilient built environment for all.
At Sensori FM, as industry leaders, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of driving these changes in all our collective efforts to sustainably enhance the built environment to the benefit of our clients, building occupants and the wider global environmental landscape.
To find out more about World FM Day please visit https://globalfm.org/world-fm-day/.
Sensori FM has been shortlisted as a finalist for their Custom House Visitors Centre in the ‘Renovation Project’ Category.
For more than 200 years Dublin Custom House has been one of Dublin’s most iconic landmark buildings. It is one of the most photographed and best loved buildings in the capital. It is also the longest-serving purpose-built government administrative building in Ireland.
In 1921 the building was gutted by fire following an attack in one of the key events of the Irish War of Independence. In preparation of the centenary anniversary of the burning of the Custom House in 1921, the Custom House Visitor Centre, was renovated by Sensori FM on behalf of and in collaboration with our client the Office of Public Works. Notwithstanding Covid and Brexit challenges the project was delivered by September 2021, with the Visitor Centre opening in November 2021 to the public enabling the space to be experienced by the public once again as part of the Decade of Centenaries.
Host in Ireland Partners 2023.
Sensori FM proudly announces our partnership with Host in Ireland for 2023.
Host in Ireland is a global initiative created to increase awareness of how and why digital infrastructure coming from Ireland – with global and Irish companies – plays a unique role around the world.
We are working with Host in Ireland, and more than 50 partners across the digital infrastructure ecosystem, to support actions promoting the capabilities of Ireland as a center of data excellence.
We look forward to all of the opportunities we can bring to our clients and to working with Host in Ireland, Garry Connolly and all of the partners throughout 2023.
Ireland’s leading hard FM service provider, Sensori FM has today announced that it has achieved ISO 50001:2018 certification for its energy management system.
Sensori FM has achieved a significant milestone of certification to the International Energy Management System Standard ISO 50001, which is designed to implement, establish, and maintain a continuous standard of energy reduction.
Sensori FM is now operating under quadruple certification to internationally recognised standards, including quality management (ISO 9001:2015), environmental management (ISO 14001:2015), occupational health and safety management (ISO 45001:2018), and energy management (ISO 50001:2018).
The main objective of the ISO 50001 standard is to continually improve an organisation’s energy performance, which includes energy consumption, use, and efficiency. The standard employs a defined approach that helps organisations establish systems and processes to identify untapped energy efficiencies and make a significant contribution to environmental performance, climate protection, and reduction of CO2 emissions.
Regarding the ISO 50001 certification Sensori FM’s Quality and Compliance Manager, Declan O’Connor added;
“Energy reduction and efficiencies are a key part of our sustainability programme. The pursuit of ISO 50001 was the next logical step on our sustainability journey and complemented the company’s well-established integrated management system and business model. Being socially responsible is a core value of Sensori FM and something we strive to keep at the heart of everything we do as a company. The process of attaining ISO 50001 has given us greater insight into how we as a company can improve our energy management. Sensori FM is now well placed to demonstrate to customers and stakeholders alike its credentials in energy management and sustainability.”
Mark Cullen, Managing Director added;
“We are very pleased to have achieved the ISO 50001 standard which is a great addition to our company standards portfolio. This is a further testament to our company’s commitment and that of our staff to embracing a sustainable model of operating and managing our energy footprint responsibly and we will continue to use this additional tool to reduce our environmental impact and our energy costs.”
Sensori FM has today announced a signed agreement as part of a design, build, and maintenance project for seven Community Nursing Units (CNUs), at locations throughout Ireland, under the HIQA compliance programme and through Public Private Partnership (CNU PPP Project).
Sensori FM, as part of the EquiSisk Consortium, will provide a full range of integrated facilities management solutions throughout the nursing units. Sensori FM will be embedded in the units, providing managed services for the HSE on a 24/7 basis, as the custodians of the buildings for the duration of the concession period of 25 years.
All units will be located on existing HSE grounds, in close proximity to existing healthcare premises. A breakdown of the locations is as follows:
- Ardee – 50 beds; greenfield site
- Athlone – 50 beds; undeveloped site in the town of Athlone
- Clonmel – 50 beds greenfield site on an existing HSE campus
- Killarney – 130 beds, greenfield site in the town
- Middleton – 50 beds, urban site on an existing HSE campus
- St Finbarr’s – 105 beds within the existing St Finbarr’s Hospital campus; a two and three-storey precast concrete superstructure and
- Thomastown – 95 beds, greenfield site adjacent to an existing HSE facility
PJ Coady, Head of PPP Projects at Sensori FM, commented on the announcement:
“Sensori FM is delighted to be a part of delivering and maintaining this vital community healthcare project. This is a long-term and prestigious contract to have been awarded and we are committed to collaborating with the consortium partners and delivering these essential services to the HSE. We recognise the importance of these facilities for the local communities and look forward to extending our national reach, recruiting locally, and engaging with supply chain partners in the specific regions”.
Construction by Sisk on five of the facilities will commence before Christmas 2022 (Ardee, Clonmel, Killarney, St Finbarr’s – Cork and Thomastown) and the remaining two (Athlone and Midleton) by early 2023. All facilities are expected to have construction completed by the end of 2024.
“This €250m greenfield development project is a design, build, finance, and maintenance project for seven new Community Nursing Units (CMU’s) across Ireland. The project will play a vital part in responding to the challenges of Ireland’s ageing population and is considered a vitally important social and national healthcare project. The project’s aim is to improve access to high-quality elderly and long-term care throughout Ireland, replacing the existing units. This project demonstrates Equitix’s long-term commitment to investment in Ireland,” said Michael McBrearty, Managing Director, Investments at Equitix Limited.
KPMG Ireland Property Industry Excellence Awards.
Sensori FM are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a table at the Property Industry Excellence Awards tomorrow evening at The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD).
We are looking forward to a fantastic night of celebrating Ireland’s real estate sector with over 1,000 colleagues, clients, and peers.
Wishing all the shortlisted nominees the very best of luck!
Cork Chamber Dublin Dinner.
As members of the Cork Chamber, employees from our Dublin and Cork teams will be attending the annual Cork Chamber Dublin Dinner tomorrow evening at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, representing Sensori FM for our work in these regions.
This is set to be another enjoyable and informative evening where our teams will be catching up and networking with business leaders from Ireland’s two largest cities.
National Irish Safety Organisation Awards 2022!
Sensori FM’s QEHS team enjoyed an evening of appreciation and celebration, at the 31st All Ireland Occupational Safety Awards held in the Galmont Hotel, Galway, last week.
Congratulations to all Sensori FM employees and contractors for contributing to our team being presented with a Distinction Award in recognition of our organisation’s health and safety management.
Well done to all the winners on the evening.
World Quality Week is an annual campaign that raises awareness of the important contribution that quality makes to organisations.
This year’s theme is “Quality conscience: doing the right thing”.
At Sensori FM, our safety and quality standards, along with our values of integrity, care, and excellence, are the foundations of our business. These standards underpin the commitment and innovative approach of our people and our business operations.
Quality is not only about designing and improving the quality of our services; it is also about the methods that we employ to deliver them to customers and stakeholders across our value stream to ensure continuous customer satisfaction and excellence.
Construction Safety Week 2022
As part of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF)’s Construction Safety Week 2022, Sensori FM has been running a calendar of toolbox talks and safety initiatives for our employees.
Yesterday, we welcomed Nationwide Safety Training, who delivered excellent training and demonstrations of safe working at height practices, which included the inspection and correct use of fall protective equipment and emergency lowering mechanisms for MEWPs to our teams.
Thanks to Willie Keague at Nationwide Safety Training Network Limited and his team for an informative day, and to all our teams and sub-contractors for participating.