Amidst constant reports in the media of higher utility costs, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) released a research report confirming that organizations across the board are experiencing higher costs than in previous years. Seventy-five percent of the 630 facilities with data included in the research report have experienced an increase in utility costs, with 20 percent reporting an increase of 10 percent or higher.

In addition to information on utility costs, the report includes dollar per square foot averages for housekeeping and maintenance costs, along with practices and staffing ratios.

The report explores how often common janitorial tasks such as cleaning, dusting, polishing, vacuuming and waxing are performed. One of the interesting findings regarding janitorial contracts is that 45 percent are based upon performance and 55 percent are based upon task and frequency.

The report also revealed that square footage per person in a workplace has stayed relatively the same since 2004. The current average rentable square foot per occupant is 367, a slight decrease of two feet.

For more information on this and other industry practices, visit the IFMA Web site.