What is integrated planning, and what does this approach have to do with sustainability?
Integrated planning is an all-encompassing approach to the planning of building works. It entails all the different specialist disciplines and stakeholder groups involved in the planning process working together right from the initial ideas phase. This is important because the direction of key aspects of the property’s lifecycle is determined at this very early stage in the process. And that is where sustainability comes in: Mobimo always considers demands in relation to the efficient use of resources, energy efficiency and certifications alongside traditional objectives such as user convenience, cost efficiency and aesthetics. Inevitably, some of these objectives will be incompatible. That makes it all the more important to listen to and prioritise all the different interests and viewpoints from the outset.
Is integrated planning mainly about optimising operations?
Operation of properties is one area of focus, as a long-term and therefore important phase of the lifecycle. One task for integrated planning is to incorporate operational needs and flag up impacts on operations at an early stage in the planning process. It is entirely possible that a measure that at first glance appears expensive may actually pay off through lower maintenance and operating costs. When we think about property operation, we do not confine ourselves to maintenance and caretaking: we also consider the lives that will be led