Easy maintenance

Easy maintenance

Ensuring optimal building performance over time supports sustainability and our health and safety.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein - Theoretical physicist

Planning ahead

Building performance and maintenance strategy go hand in hand and need to be carefully defined and planned at early

stage during the design phase. Sustainable efficient buildings should be optimum in its operation. Making sure equipment is properly serviced and maintained means lower energy costs and extended life.

Environmentally friendly strategies should be implemented, including low maintenance and durable systems and materials. The implementation of new technology and best practices to improve building’s operation need to be planned.

Roche Kaiseraugst, Switzerland

  • Design architectural façade solutions made of durable materials, resistant to sun abrasion, rain, wind, or any specific climate conditions of the site.
  • Use high-density (nonporous) cladding panels, which prevent dirt from penetrating and microorganism propagation.
  • Ensure hermetic, weather-tight openings to avoid water or air filtration.
  • Define an appropriate maintenance strategy at an early stage to ensure easy access for cleaning and repair, in alignment with the facility management responsible.

Safety considerations

  • Choose flooring materials that require minimal gaps or joint lines.
  • Avoid sources of slips, trips, and fall hazards.
  • Use non-combustible and low toxicity materials
  • Mark glass doors and walls to prevent injury.


  • Avoid porous surfaces, specially fabrics in areas with food.

  • Use stain-resistant or cleanable materials. Avoid using light colours on furniture fabrics and light-coloured carpets.

  • Avoid introducing plants, which require high water consumption for irrigation.

Key to Easy maintenance

  • Select durable, wear-resistant, easy-to-clean materials and design solutions.
  • Plan low maintenance systems and easily accessible HVAC and MEP installations.
  • Practice a low water usage greenery concept.
  • Define a Life Cycle strategy based on the Life Cycle Asset Management (LCAM) process.
  • Follow the building operation manual. Use the building management system to monitor, analyze and reset for optimum efficiency in operation.