How big data and BMS contribute to high-performance goals

From: How Big Data and the Building Management System Contribute to High-Performance Goals, FacilitiesNet

When Apple released the iPhone 2 in 2008, the App Store officially launched along with it. The platform’s introduction of third-party app development and distribution had a game-changing effect, similar to what building owners and managers might expect for building management systems (BMS) with the emergence of big data and the Building Internet of Things (IoT). And this disruption could not have come at a better time. Big data and the Building IoT have leveled the playing field. New players are shifting the way buildings are viewed, similar to how Tesla shifted people’s view on cars, or how the concept of apps transformed cellular phones to “smart” phones. In the building industry, the IoT has opened the door to integrate into millions of devices and systems. Combined with a growing desire to track and trend big data, and use it to achieve sustainability goals, the evolution of BMS is expanding beyond conventional mechanical and electrical building systems.

So what can facility managers do at this turning point within the industry in order to capitalize on the Building IoT and big data? How can they leverage a new way of thinking and operating their systems? Let’s take a step back and first consider the evolution of the BMS…

One indication of the rising importance of energy efficiency is the growth of the LEED certification process… However, a new challenge exists, which is to ensure and verify that LEED certified facilities are still operating at LEED standards…

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How do you get certification in TRIRIGA application development?

Is there an IBM TRIRIGA application development certification that I can take? Are there any training resources or study materials or mock tests available before I can take the final exam for the certification?

I hope these links help!

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BREEAM building sustainability standard arrives in the U.S.

[Admin: BREEAM is the dominant building-sustainability standard within the United Kingdom (UK), whereas LEED is the dominant green-building standard outside the UK. Also, although “sustainable” and “green” are often used interchangeably, they are not necessarily the same thing.]

BREEAM, the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology — a sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings — is introduced to the United States market today.

BREEAM USA will be delivered through a partnership of BuildingWise, a US-based LEED certification consultancy, and BRE, research, consultancy, training, testing and certification organizations delivering sustainability and innovation across the built environment and associated industries. The collaboration allows BuildingWise and BRE to bring BREEAM to the United States. BREEAM USA will focus on the BREEAM In-Use standard to address the 5.6 million existing commercial buildings in the U.S. that are not currently benchmarking their sustainability efforts using a scientifically-based green building certification…

Designed by BRE (Building Research Establishment), the BREEAM rating system has a 25-year track record of driving efficiency improvements in new and existing buildings around the world. BREEAM In-Use is an independent, science-based and inclusive assessment that gives facility managers and owners a framework for improving the operational sustainability of their asset, reducing energy costs, and consequently carbon footprints…

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Five things you need to know about LEED v4

From: 5 Things You Need To Know About LEED v4, FacilitiesNet

LEED v4 is almost ready for its long-awaited close-up. On Oct. 31, 2016, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will officially stop taking registrations for LEED 2009 — it’s longest-running and, by square footage certified, most successful rating system. But all good things must come to an end, and as LEED v4 steps into the forefront, USGBC hopes the new, more rigorous rating system will see equal success, especially regarding the Operations and Maintenance version of the rating system, which, for the last several years, has been used to certified more square footage than its New Construction counterpart…

As a bit of background, LEED v4 was first released in November 2013, with a sunset date for LEED 2009 originally scheduled for June 2015. But due to feedback from the industry, in late 2014, USGBC announced its decision to delay the LEED 2009 sunset until this fall. So if facility managers have considered a LEED Operations and Maintenance certification initiative, or have previously certified under 2009 (or an early earlier version of the rating system) and are interested in re-certifying, now is the time to become familiar with some of the changes in LEED v4. Here is what you need to know.

  • 1. Rigor, Rigor — As with each update to the rating system, LEED v4 is demonstrably more rigorous than its predecessors…
  • 2. New Credit Structure Establishes Policy, Encourages Performance — One of the biggest changes in LEED v4 O+M is the revamping of many credits…
  • 3. Evolution of Product Selection — The Materials and Resources section of LEED v4 O+M has been given a massive overhaul…
  • 4. Pilot Credits Jumpstart Innovation — The Pilot Credit library is a collection of optional credits users can choose to try, and get points toward certification…
  • 5. Recertification For Long-Term Performance — One of the most acute challenges with the LEED O+M rating system, which continues with LEED v4, is making sure high-performance goals don’t stop at certification…

[Admin: This post is related to the 05.23.16 post about the LEED v4 Energy Jumpstart pilot credit.]

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Are you interested in presenting at TRIMAX 2016 in October?

We are currently seeking customers who are willing to share their TRIRIGA or Maximo experience. If your organization has a use case that you would like to present to the TRIMax community, please consider submitting a nomination for a session presenter role. Here are the nomination requirements:

  • Presentation Title: Draft is fine
  • Abstract: 200 words maximum
  • Biography: 100 words maximum

The deadline to submit your TRIMax abstracts has been extended to Friday, June 10. Nominations should be sent to Tina Scott ( no later than Friday, June 10 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at TRIMax 2016!

TRIMax User Group is the only combined TRIRIGA and Maximo User Group. This conference provides a forum where participants can share knowledge and learn from other TRIRIGA and Maximo clients, business partners, and IBMers. Attendees can expect to hear client use cases along with product updates and roadmap sessions. Additionally, many of IBM’s valued partners will be available to discuss how to maximize your investment in these solutions.

Last year, we had nearly 350 attendees, over 46 presentations of product and technical information, customer panels and use cases, and business partner presentations. This year, we’re expecting 500+ attendees, with even more presentations, to be run in several tracks, plus certification and training options. Make sure you block your calendar and look for more information soon. Please visit the TRIMax User Group website for additional details. Contact Liz Ruana ( or Tina Scott ( with any questions.


[Admin: This post is related to the 03.14.16 post about TRIMAX 2016 on October 26-28 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.]

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LEED’s Energy Jumpstart credit as an efficiency compromise

From: LEED’s Energy Jumpstart Credit: An Efficiency Compromise, FacilitiesNet

Take, for instance, the so-called Energy Jumpstart pilot credit in LEED v4 Operations and Maintenance. When LEED v4 first came out in November 2013, some in the industry balked that the new prerequisite level for energy performance was an Energy Star score of 75. Indeed, it was tough – and intentionally so. It meant to be certified at any level, projects had to achieve that level of efficiency – no small feat.

But in order to allow more users into the LEED rating system, USGBC devised an alternate compliance path: A compromise. Essentially, the Energy Jumpstart credit (which is a pilot credit, meaning it’s available for use, but not part of the “official” rating system) allows users to improve by 20 percent on energy use over the course of a year, they can still get a LEED certification (if they meet other LEED requirements), but only at the Certified level.

Some in the industry were miffed — they argued that because LEED is by definition a leadership standard, letting projects that may be well below the 75 Energy Star score be certified was watering down the prestige of the rating system. I see their point, but I also see USGBC’s counterargument that there is the potential for a lot more energy to be saved when buildings in the 40 or 50 Energy Star range improve dramatically…

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World FM Day: July 13, 2016

This year’s World FM Day will be held July 13. World FM Day, hosted by Global FM, is an annual celebration of all the hard work facility managers put in throughout the year.

Building off last year’s theme of “Building Resilience for the Future,” the theme of this year’s celebration is “Empowering People for a Productive World.” The idea is to show how facility management is about enabling, according to Duncan Waddell, Chairman of Global FM. By creating healthy, high-performance workplaces, FMs enable the world to be productive, and “we aim to highlight how we, as FM professionals, empower people to reach their full potential.”

The theme of the day dovetails with a particular focus for FMs in high-performance buildings, as they know occupants must be enabled and empowered to the goals of the building if those goals are to be achieved. Giving occupants a stake in the outcomes of the building gives them a sense of ownership, and helps FMs achieve their goals, whether as simple as better energy performance or as complex as a full-scale LEED certification.

[Admin: This post is related to the 06.10.15 post about last year’s World FM Day on June 10, 2015.]

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