In accordance with DIN 32736, building management refers to the “totality of the technical, infrastructural and commercial services for the use of buildings/properties within the framework of facility management”. These include the building services “planning, organisation and control in connection with property-related implementation“.1
Building management is therefore an aspect of facility management (FM). While FM theoretically covers all lifecycle phases of a building, building management focuses only on the use phase of a property. Furthermore, FM includes all services that are geared to the optimum use of the property, including strategic decisions on area, space, functionality and features. By contrast, building management includes operational planning, work preparation and the organisation of all measures necessary for proper building management.2
In addition to technical, infrastructural and commercial facility management, space management has also recently emerged. However, this is taken into account in all three areas of performance.3
Technical building management:
The aim of technical building management is to preserve or enhance the performance of a building. In accordance with the guidelines GEFMA 100 and VD-MA 24196, in particular this includes technical management, maintenance management and energy management.
Infrastructural building management:
In accordance with the guidelines GEFMA 100, DIN 32736 and VDMA 24196, infrastructural building management includes space management, workplace and office service management, relocation management and security management. It thus comprises all services that support the core business and that ensure the needs and objectives for the optimal use of a building.
Commercial building management:
In accordance with GEFMA 100, commercial building management refers to all accounting services in relation to the property. However, commercial building management also includes operational cost management, rental and contract management, service tendering and award, etc.4