The Facilities Society
The Society was founded in 2008 as a not-for-profit organisation – a company limited by guarantee – to satisfy a long-standing gap for a learned society with a broad interest in education and professional development across the built environment. The operative word is “Facilities”, which is meant in the sense of operational assets to support functions and to provide services; but it is also intended to convey the understanding that operational assets must be properly designed, constructed, tested, commissioned and started up if they are to fulfil their purpose over a long life. For these reasons, the Society’s interests are far wider than the operational phase in the life cycle of operational assets, albeit that it is likely to represent a significant body of interest for members of the Society.
The need for a Learned Society
There is currently no organisation dedicated to interdisciplinary and cross-sector research into the creation and sustainable use of facilities. A facility is defined as a physical construct and asset that is designed, engineered and operated to serve a particular function and to fulfil a need or provide a service, such as a building, installation, system or network.
Facilities are needed for living, working, health care, education, industrial production, commercial development, retailing, utilities, transportation and other infrastructure, sports and leisure, entertainment and communication. Whilst functional requirements differ, the same or similar materials and technology can be found in different kinds of facility, but not necessarily with the same success.
The Society’s Objectives
The Society’s main object is to act as a Learned Society to promote interdisciplinary academic enterprise in creating, upgrading and sustaining facilities for housing, health care, education, industrial production, commerce, retailing, utilities, communication and transportation.
In support of this object, the Society will:
- Promote, support and conduct interdisciplinary research, studies and other enquiries into creating, upgrading and sustaining facilities and seek grants, awards, fellowships, scholarships or other financial assistance from central and local government or other public bodies and place the results in the UK public domain.
- Promote the use and uptake of research results and knowledge in public and political forums so as to influence policy and practice by providing advice and informed opinion on creating, upgrading and sustaining facilities.
- Publish or sponsor academic journals related to creating, upgrading and sustaining facilities.
- Print, publish, issue and circulate papers, periodicals, books, circulars and data related to creating, upgrading and sustaining facilities.
- Organise and hold meetings, conferences, lectures, exhibitions, displays and demonstrations and make like arrangements for the dissemination of information related to creating, upgrading and sustaining facilities.
- Encourage, and provide amenities for, discussion and consultation between any institution and any other body with an interest in creating, upgrading and sustaining facilities.
- Encourage and support the exchange of information and ideas among the members of the Society and others in related fields and diffuse information on significant matters related to creating, upgrading and sustaining facilities.
- Encourage and support the discovery of, and investigate and make known the nature and merits of, inventions, discoveries, practices and procedures and provide information and advice on same to further the efficiency and effectiveness of creating, upgrading and sustaining facilities.
The Society’s Articles of Association and Bylaws together outline the conduct of the Society’s affairs, those of its Council, Secretary, Officers and Members.
BSI Committee Member
The Facilities Society is represented on British Standards Institution (BSI) Technical Committee FMW/1 and FMB/1 Strategy Group, both of which are the focus for facilities management standards.