Building Performance Insights - February 2018

john o'brien lcmb

Welcome to February's Building Performance Insights.

We hope you have had a successful start to 2018 and you are already on track to achieving improved results this year.

This month we continue our series of "Burning Issues.. (Keeping You Awake At Night)" focussing on compliance. After money, it's the biggest concern for clients, colleagues and industry leaders, and with good reason. Compliance is a crucial part of running a high performing estate.. yet people sometimes feel it's an overly complex drain on resources.

Also this month we continue our serialisation of Our Ultimate Guide to Improving Performance through Estates Management. It's a must-have reference for any estates professional. 

I hope you find our February insights informative. Please do get in touch about anything in this edition, or if you’d like to discuss how your buildings and estates can improve the performance of your organisation.

John O'Brien
Founder and MD
t: 01295 722823


Burning Issues 

To kick off 2018, we surveyed our clients, colleagues and industry leaders about Burning Issues Keeping You Awake At Night. Here are the top 5:

1. Money - hit budget and reduce cost. We covered this in January's Building Performance Insights.

2. Compliance - hit your carbon, environmental, and H&S targets. With new innovations are you missing any quick wins? Read more about this topic, below.

3. Managing large functions with lots of moving parts - how to manage internal, and external suppliers. We will cover this in March.

4. Delivering Results - how to hit objectives - and get recognition from the board! More on this in April.

5. Providing innovation and added value - In May, we will focus on extra value you can deliver to boost your whole organisation.

February Focus - Compliance

Hit your carbon, environmental, and H&S targets.

The way you deal with compliance - and risk mitigation - is a key element to successful estate management.

We strongly recommend that compliance and risk management are dealt with together. This will help create a safe, healthy, productive environment for everyone - and minimise expense in the long term should any disasters occur.  Good compliance and risk management cover three simple areas... Read our article on Compliance 

Improving Business Performance Through Estate Management 

Part 2 - Assess

Many organisations do not fully appreciate the huge impact buildings have on efficiency, competitive positioning and growth. Organisations whose buildings align with business strategy will dramatically improve their competitive advantage, cost base, finances and environmental sustainability.

These benefits may take some time to realise, but can be deep and transformational.

The second part of our guide, Assess, helps you identify where you can make the biggest impact for your business. Where are you strong, and where do you fall short?

You can start with a quick self-assessment questionnaire that covers: 

• Competitive advantage
• Customer experience
• Staff productivity
• Business efficiency
• A future-proof estate:

Assessing your building performance

.. or download the free full guides below:

For businesses: Our ultimate guide to improving business performance
For education: Our guide for higher education performance

In The News

Theresa May’s tuition fee review - what does it mean?
This week, Theresa May announced a year- long tuition fee review. There was not much information to go on, but the announcement sparked a largely critical press response. The Times writes: “Wrong-headed on so many counts. “The whole thing is a complete muddle,” says one minister.”
Given the coverage, we doubt the announcement will succeed to engage with young voters.
Why the review? - Read our article Tuition fee review - What does it mean?

LCMB runs the Constructing Excellence Masterclass

Integrating data systems – are we realising the true potential of the data we have?

There's a huge range of technologies available to harness data, such as field data collection, drones and smart sensors.  The problem is, as the volume of data increases, the harder it is to get meaningful insights and value. 

Tom Cudmore ran a masterclass looking at ways to structure data for maximum value. Read on 

Last month's most popular blog

LCMB blogs cover a range of building performance and related issues. Our most popular blog from last month: Carillion - What it means for us all

LCMB's latest news

LCMB are pleased to announce that we have reached the standard required to be awarded the latest quality management system accreditation, BSI 9001:2015, Read more

LCMB Workplace Optimisation

Whole Life Performance Plus (WLP+) is a LCMB innovation to improve workplace productivity by 10% and reduce energy use by 30% by optimising ventilation, light, noise and other indoor environmental factors.

LCMB are proud to work with partners Innovate UK, EPSRC, Argent, King’s College London, Emcor UK, British Council for Office, Constructing Excellence, Oxford Brookes University to develop an indoor environmental quality model to maximise worker productivity. Contact Tom Cudmore, Senior Consultant on t: 01295 722823 e: or visit to find out more.

LCMB's accelerated ROI audit

Too many organisations spend large sums of money on the wrong initiatives that generate a poor return or even a loss.

This is why we created the LCMB accelerated ROI audit. It cuts through the noise and quickly, clearly identifies the untapped performance improvement areas within your buildings.

The audit uncovers operational inefficiencies such as under-utilised space and facilities, as well as cost and energy reduction opportunities, and then provides a clear plan for realising potential.

By implementing the plan, we guarantee the audit pays for itself within 6 months and thereafter generates a positive return.

Contact John O’Brien on t: 01295 722823, e: to discuss how the LCMB accelerated ROI audit can improve your organisation performance and return on investment.

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