In recent years the competitive pressure increased more and more, which is mainly because of rising cost pressure. This creates the need for efficiency. Thus, new methods in the field of real estate/facility management became necessary, because the real estate connected costs represent the second highest for a company after staff costs. In this context, the question of the value added of facility management for companies is being posed. Generally valid profitability statements are rarely to be found.

This is the starting point for the IFM and its team. It defines on the basis of scientific studies cost savings, areas of increased productivity and cost drivers, and the parameters that effect these areas. Furthermore, the IFM examines parameters of buildings and usage which significantly influence on operating costs. 

To make the change measurable, the IFM researches in the field of benchmarking and is testing the concepts of automatic generation of benchmarking, and its suitability for daily use.