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FEATURE


BALANCING ACT


How does humanity go about maximizing the positive impact of higher living standards, while also negating the downside of inefficient energy consumption? Is it even possible to reconcile these seeming opposites? The answer lies in digitised FM, says Prabhu Ramachandran, Founder and CEO of Facilio Inc.


Global concerns around the challenge presented by man- made climate change are resulting in changes in policy and regulations. Governments and industry bodies alike are pursuing hands on strategies that seek to address the issue. Despite no dearth of good intentions and activities centered on creating positive impact, there are some bottlenecks that such efforts need to overcome. For one thing, rapid urbanisation continues to play a crucial role in lifting millions out of poverty, around the world. Denying the world’s underdeveloped regions an effective means to give their citizens access to modern conveniences would be immoral. For another, developed nations too have the problem of large amounts of existing infrastructure that wastes a


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considerable proportion of their energy consumption, because of inadequate legacy technologies.


“The UK’s buildings are responsible


for 19% of total domestic greenhouse gas emissions.”


Is it possible to reconcile these differences? The answer lies in facilities management. Once a secondary function and a passive cost center, the next generation digitized FM is emerging as the platform for smart technologies that hold the promise for future of green and sustainable buildings.


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