This unit provides a foundation for integrating sustainability into building operations and maintenance. In particular, it presents information on:
- The facility management (FM) function, with a focus on understanding the duties of the FM department in an organization, the education and experience of FM professionals, and how to position FM departments in organizations to ensure successful performance of the building post-occupancy.
- Building commissioning (Cx); in particular, what it is, how it is accomplished, and why it is critical to the performance of a building.
- Elements and activities conducted as part of an effective operations and maintenance program.
- Criteria for an effective training program and training resources with the goal of enabling the SBA to serve as a training resource for facilities professionals involved in sustainable building projects.