Sunday, May 8, 2011

IFMA Releases Trends and Outlook Forecast

Last summer I was privileged to participate with a group of invited panelists at IFMA HQ in Houston, Texas.  Our topic of discussion was identifying and understanding current and emerging FM trends.  IFMA recently published the findings of this working group.  Kudos to Shari Epstein (IFMA), and Kurt Neubek, AIA and Joanna Yaghooti, AIA, both of Page Southerland Page LLP.  They have done an excellent job of organizing and condensing the material from the two day conference.

You undoubtedly are not surprised that Sustainability is listed as the top trend in today's FM world.  But, there are others to be sure.  Here is a quick listing of the Top 10, according to the assembled panel.

  1. Sustainability
  2. Complex Building Technology
  3. Economic Recession and the Aging Building Stock
  4. Preparedness
  5. Quantity and Complexity of FM Data
  6. Finding Top Talent
  7. Elevating the FM Profession
  8. Evolving Skill Set and Business Acumen
  9. Enhancing Workplace Productivity
  10. Changing Workplace
Visit to see a summary of the report and order your own copy. 

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