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OGC drives property benchmarking beyond government offices

25 February 2009

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) is extending its Property Benchmarking Service for central Government developed with IPD Occupiers and making it available to the wider public sector.

Launched in 2006, the Property Benchmarking Service provides an analysis of the efficiency and effectiveness of a building’s performance against key indicators. Its use became mandatory from April 2008 across Whitehall for office buildings over 500 sq m and it has already contributed to delivering strong property asset management in central government.

Access to the service available across the wider public sector through the establishment of a new framework on the OGC’s online Contracts Database. This four year framework, delivered by IPD Occupiers will deliver of further potential savings and greater efficiency across the whole of the public sector. The data will include all operational property costs, space usage, environmental consumption data and workplace productivity information. It will then be analysed and scored against Government targets and measured against private sector performance.

The service is part of the OGC’s High Performing Property initiative, which aims to save up to £1.5bn annually by 2013. It has already helped managers to target improvements in key buildings and has given Government departments access to performance indicators that challenge environmental performance across all office buildings.

It provides a standardised framework to enable public sector entities to measure and manage their own estate performance; a consistent database, which allows performance to be tracked over time and to be compared with equivalent buildings in the IPD Occupiers Dataset; and bespoke reports to participating public sector entities providing both overall results and detailed efficiency and effectiveness analysis for each individual building.

The OGC has put in place the methodology for benchmarking the performance of buildings across the central government estate, which became mandatory from April 2008. The methodology allows for the measurement of both efficiency and effectiveness performance against appropriate key performance indicators and their data requirements. It provides:
...a standardised framework to enable public sector entities to measure and manage their own estate performance,
...a consistent database, which allows performance to be tracked over time and to be compared with equivalent buildings in the IPD Occupiers Dataset; and
...bespoke reports to participating public sector entities providing both overall results and detailed efficiency and effectiveness analysis for each individual building.




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