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Blog #5: Comparative Options & The Long Term Affect

As mentioned in our last blog, Repair vs. Replace, when considering alternatives, review the graph below to see a high-level comparison of the Costs vs. Time-to-Complete for each option. Costs shown are relative to the replacement cost. The project timeline reflects the number of days a facility is likely to be disrupted by each service. Since furnishings and the damage associated with each unit will be unique, exact costs and project timelines will vary.

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With a focus on the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) of environmental, social, and economic consideration (aka “People, Planet, Profit”),   Facility Managers demonstrate their commitment to sustainability by adopting programs and leveraging services that minimize adverse impacts on the indoor and natural environment. While many start by using cleaning products that are environmentally friendly, the long-term approach obligates FM teams to eliminate the disposal of items that can be repurposed. Refurbishing is clearly consistent with sustainability by:

  • Extending the useful life of furnishings,
  • Decreasing waste and landfill, and
  • Reducing demand for new products which would increase demands on finite resources making them less available and/or more expensive for future generations.

A widely cited and accepted definition for sustainability comes from the Brundtland Report (1987): “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Consistent with this approach, the 2011 IFMA Sustainability Guide states: “Processes should be completely implemented to ensure the least negative environmental impact.”

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How can PROTEK help your company increase profits while helping the work and general environment? To schedule, your FREE, NO OBLIGATION survey of your furnishings, please call (781) 963-8813 or email sales@protekcorporation.com.

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