How Can Facilities Management Help Your Business?

Here at T2 Environmental, we are proud to be a facilities management company that strives to deliver our clients the best results, every single time with an environmentally friendly strategy to ensure that the very least amount of waste ends up in landfill.

But a common hurdle we have to overcome is a lack of understanding by businesses of what exactly a facilities management team is, and the benefits we deliver. And if they don’t understand what we do, then it’s much harder for a decision maker to realise how we can add value to their organisation.

A Good Facilities Management Company Should Help You Focus On Your Core Business

Broadly speaking, facilities management is a profession that focuses on coordinating processes on behalf of businesses, schools, hospitals. In fact just about any type of organisation that has responsibility for a physical location or buildings.

The objective of a facilities manager is to add value by undertaking many of the day-to-day tasks that often draw staff away from an organisation’s core business. We refer to these as non-core business functions.

While these non-core activities vary by organisation and sector, the thing that they have in common is that when a staff member working on non-core tasks, they are not performing their primary role.

By taking away the need to do non-core tasks, we help you to have your most important resources, your employees, working in their jobs, and contributing to your productivity and results.

Facilities management can encompass an incredibly broad range of roles from health and safety duties, to outsourced catering, security services, and cleaning.

T2 Environmental Facilities Management

At T2 Environmental, our focus is on tailored cleaning solutions as well as waste management processes and maintenance functions.

So who can take advantage of our professionally delivered solutions?

Our facilities management clients range from small dual-office partnerships and sole traders operating out of suburban office blocks, right up to large public sector clients who take up multi-level floor space in high rise buildings.

Regardless of their size, we offer an attention to detail that others only strive for, and deliver results to the highest standards.

We can provide services to suit your needs on either a rolling regular whole-office clean, or a floor by floor schedule. We also provide all the supplies for our work, meaning that your out-of-pocket expenses and the hassle of having to shop for supplies are all eliminated.

The Role of Waste in Facilities Management

Traditionally, waste collections used to be considered a low priority area in facilities management, especially with older high-rise residential buildings. Recycling was also not considered very seriously, and most buildings had very few recycling bins available.

But as we become more aware of the environmental impact of waste disposal, the situation is changing. Most states are deciding to introduce policies intended to reduce landfill wastes and encourage recycling through increased fees and levies for landfill wastes. In this scenario, waste and recycling has risen to a top priority issue.

The challenges

Older buildings often have the single chute system that empties all garbage into basement skips. This reduces recycling as residents have to take all recyclables to the waste collection area, usually located at the ground or basement level themselves.

A possible solution to this could be having recycling bins at each level, which can then be emptied every couple of days by cleaning staff. This is also challenging because of the space constraints and the costs associated with emptying the bins.

Most newly developed buildings are implementing the dual stream or dual-chute system which offers residents in-unit recycling ability. Some older buildings have improvised with a recycling chute on each level, instead of in each unit. If space is available, effective segregation facilities can also be established at low cost.

Improving waste efficiency

The increased costs of waste disposal have given an additional incentive for minimising waste in addition to the environmental benefits. It reduces operating costs by reducing waste handling and disposal charges of landfill wastes.

The following steps can be useful for waste minimisation:

  • Providing separate waste storage and recycling areas.
  • Providing locations for hard waste collection.
  • Adding a charity bin where residents can put items for donation.
  • Actively monitoring waste performance.
  • Educating and encouraging residents to separate landfill and recyclable wastes.
  • Using sustainable building practices and minimising wastes during refurbishment or new construction.

How T2 Environmental can help

T2 Environmental is a facility management company that provides both waste and recycling collection services across Australia. Having a single company take over all facility management services simplifies the whole experience.

We are committed to the principles of zero waste to landfill and will help our clients come up with a waste and recycling management plan that can help reduce landfill wastes and thus reduce costs.

Call us on 1300 578 707 for a free non-obligation audit and quote and find out how T2 Environmental can be of help.

Medical Cleaning Services

Queensland, and indeed throughout Australia, there is an increased demand in the medical services and medical cleaning areas, and we have tailored solutions for these sectors. Our medical cleaning services are suitable for a single doctor general practice, a medium-sized suburban clinic, right up to a public hospital with thousands of patients a year. Regardless of the size of the facility, our contractors know the value of good health and will make sure that the work is always impeccable ? and always with an environmentally friendly focus.

Hospitality Industry Cleaning

Tourism has for decades been an important industry in Queensland, particularly in South East Queensland. At the same time the region has become very environmentally aware. So with our interest in providing environmentally friendly solutions in waste management and cleaning, we at T2 Environmental are perfectly placed to meet the facilities management requirements of the tourism industry.

Whether it’s a family owned and operated bed and breakfast or a large leisure resort, our staff will return the premises to the best possible standard for your next guest, and do our part in having your visitors become regular guests!

Property Maintenance

As buildings age, minor issues like cracking tile grout, chipping paint or pest problems start to crop up. Regular maintenance can tackle these issues before they become major expensive problems.

A good property maintenance company takes care of both preventive maintenance and repairs. Both landlords and property managers benefit from maintenance experts who have the right tools and specific equipment required for any fixing jobs.

Preventive maintenance: Regular preventive maintenance can help prevent issues or catch them in developing stages before expensive repairs become necessary. Some essential steps include:

  • Drain and gutter cleaning: Drains and gutters can be blocked due to tree leaves, overgrown tree roots or other debris. This can cause water logging which might compromise the integrity of the building structure. It is best to clean all drains and gutters regularly to prevent any build-up.
  • Removing mould or mildew and regrouting: Tile grout sometimes cracks over time and the caulking gets dislodged. This damages the waterproof seal causing water leaks. Similarly, if care is not taken to remove steam build-up and condensation, mould and mildew can result.
  • Landscape maintenance: For independent houses, yard maintenance is usually the tenant?s responsibility but for apartments, property maintenance companies handle all landscaping work including tree lopping, hedge trimming, lawn mowing and other such jobs.
  • Pest control: Pest problem is often one of the major reasons for tenants vacating the property, so it is best to do regular spraying to avoid mosquitoes, ants, cockroaches and other pests

Corrective maintenance: In addition to the regular maintenance, timely repairs are necessary to avoid further deterioration and to maintain the property at an acceptable standard. This includes:

  • Fixing windows and doors: Issues like broken windows or doors that don?t lock properly are repair jobs that need urgent fixing to maintain adequate safety. Replacing door weather seals or fly screens also help maintain tenant comfort.
  • Painting and tiling: A building that has been properly maintained through regular painting and tile replacement continues to attract good tenants.
  • Graffiti removal: Though graffiti is mostly found on public property, there are instances of it happening on private fences and walls. The presence of graffiti conveys an impression that the community is unsafe and affects property values as well as getting tenants. Removal of graffiti therefore becomes a priority for landlords and property managers.

T2 Environmental takes up all property maintenance jobs ? big or small . Call us on 1300 578 707 for any maintenance task that needs to be completed.

Residential Building Design

The design and construction of a building has a great deal of impact on the health, safety and well-being of its residents. Efficient building design and sustainable building practices go a long way towards ensuring this. Multi-storey residential buildings have their own unique challenges in design and construction, more so due to the higher number of residents involved.

The challenge does not end with constructing a healthy and safe building – maintenance of the healthy environment is also crucial. This is where facilities management companies like T2 Environmental come in. A good facilities management company has to consider the following aspects to maintain a healthy and safe environment:

Indoor air quality

It is estimated that most Australians spend at least 90% of their day indoors. The Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) thus becomes an important indicator of the wellbeing of a building’s occupants. The use of gas appliances like unflued gas heaters and cooking ranges contribute to indoor air pollution. Dust mites, fungi and particulates also pose a threat to the long-term well-being of the inhabitants.

Symptoms of poor IAQ include skin, eye, or throat irritations, headache or drowsiness and mood imbalances. The term ‘Sick building syndrome’ refers to long-term and chronic symptoms which might lead to respiratory diseases or even certain types of cancer.

Some actions that may be taken to improve the IAQ are:

  • Choosing building materials and paints that are low in Volatile Organic Compounds (low-VOC) for all refurbishment works.
  • Implementing good quality ventilation and exhaust systems, and effective air change mechanisms to flush out contaminants.
  • Using carbon dioxide monitors to check air quality.
  • Regular maintenance involving checking the HVAC system vents and exhausts.
  • Ensuring adequate ventilation after cleaning using chemicals.

Space management

Space is often at a premium, especially in high-density urban areas. Planning and implementation of regulatory measures for shared areas, lounges, car parks, garden and waste dumping facilities come under space management.

Providing appropriate storage spaces and patios, utilising the rooftop space, proper and timely garbage removal and hard waste disposal could be some ways to avoid congestion and follow health and safety standards.

Acoustics and noise

While external noises cannot be fully controlled in a city setting, measures can be taken to minimise the impact and enhance living conditions. Using sound barriers, selecting building materials that absorb sounds and construction styles that minimise sound transmission are measures that can be undertaken during refurbishment periods.

Additionally, the facilities management should take steps to minimise disturbances during regular maintenance and repairs by giving the residents advance notice when noise is expected and avoiding night-time work when possible.

Thermal comfort

Correct application of the principles of heating, cooling and ventilation systems can improve the thermal comfort of a building as well as its energy efficiency. Some actions to improve thermal comfort are:

  • Using appropriate shading and thermal roof insulation.
  • Using solar reflective white paints for rooftops.

Ongoing monitoring of the following is also recommended:

  • Check floor-wall and wall-ceiling joints for any air gaps.
  • Ensure proper working of automatic doors and keeping doors closed to avoid unnecessary air flow.
  • Inspect door and window seals, and frames that could let in a draft.
  • Monitor the condition of thermal roof insulation.

Lighting and visual amenity

For a residential building, different parts require different lighting schemes depending on their purpose. The lighting and building style should be designed to minimise glare glare, yet maximise natural sunlight for thermal efficiency. Some actions include:

  • Adjustable external shades or blinds.
  • Window tinting or automatic blinds.
  • Replacing flickering or blown lamps promptly.
  • Keeping windows and glass doors properly cleaned.
  • Providing dimmers for flexible lighting.

At T2 Environmental, we are passionate about maintaining health and safety standards for our multi-storey residential building clients. We offer property maintenance and facilities management services all across Queensland.

Call us on 1300 578 707 or email to find out more about our services.

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