Church facility management (or church building maintenance) is, as the expression itself suggests, the maintenance of religious and places of worship buildings.
We normally tend to think that the maintenance of a church, or of a religious building more generally, stops at simple repairs of the roof, cleaning of the facades or recovery and reinforcement of the internal vaults.
But the cult buildings are living buildings and for this reason they continue to use equipment and systems to serve kitchens, bathrooms, heating, etc. This means that they require continuous maintenance, both routine and emergency and this is what church building maintenance deals with.
Similar to the maintenance of other structures, there are three possible methodologies to maintenance management of religious buildings:
- corrective: consisting in intervening when a certain damage event has already occurred;
- preventive: consisting in scheduled and periodic maintenance in order to prevent the occurrence of damage, breakages or malfunctions;
- predictive: consisting in monitoring the structure thanks to specific sensors or devices. Based on the data collected through these devices, an evaluation becomes necessary as to whether an intervention has to be arranged, in what time and how.
The ultimate goal is to ensure that these precious and fascinating buildings are also functional and safe.