Facility Management, the third industry in the European Union by the volume of operations, is slowly entering Serbia. However, an event from late 2016 might speed up the development of Facility Management, namely, the adoption of the Law on Housing and Building Maintenance. We talked to Zoran Djurdjevic, director of Kala Konsalting
, about the link between the law and Facility Management.
The name of the law is the Law on Housing and Building Maintenance
. Facility Management can be translated as “building maintenance”. Of course, FM is a much wider discipline, dealing with the entire life cycle of a facility, from the design, through the construction, to facility maintenance. Building maintenance is, therefore, an essential part of it.What is your opinion on this law?
– Each law can be discussed and flaws and potential solutions can be found for each one. Personally, I sort laws by priorities. As for this one, I believe that it is an extremely important law, as we are beginning to define the field of housing. The law will lead to better utility services, better maintenance of residential facilities and their environment, which will reflect on a more quality life for citizens.
However, the law will not change anything by itself. Unfortunately, we are very slow to implement certain laws, and we sometimes do it the wrong way too and are prone to devaluing even the best ideas. Of course, such a danger is present now as well.Where does the greatest danger lie, in your opinion?
– There are several, but I'll focus on one of them – the law clearly says that building management is in charge of selected or appointed persons, that is, managers or professional managers. These persons need to know what current maintenance is, what investment maintenance is, what energy efficiency is, how the living environment is maintained etc. Furthermore, they need to know how to sign agreements with contractors, how to monitor the works, take care of the budget. People are not born with these skills, they are acquired through education.