FM:Systems: IWMS market leader in 2017 Green Quadrant report

FM:Systems was recognized as a leader by Verdantix in their 2017 Green Quadrant Analysis for IWMS. As a leading provider of Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) and Computer-Aided Facility Management (CAFM) software, FM:Systems differentiates its comprehensive solution with best-in-class capabilities for space optimization. FM:Systems garnered high remarks in its breadth of functionality in addition to its best-in-class capabilities for space optimization…

Verdantix awarded FM:Systems multiple perfect scores of 3.0/3.0 for the Scenario Planning module, Move Management module, and for space utilization data collection and analysis. FM:Systems is positioned as a leader in the industry, integrating scenario planning and real-time monitoring of space utilization with various sensors, such as heat and 3D people sensing cameras. These capabilities address the most urgent challenges in optimizing facility and real-estate resources.

“Our placement in the 2017 Green Quadrant for IWMS is a strong confirmation that we’re growing in the right direction,” says FM:Systems President Kurt von Koch. “Our customers’ success has always been the driving force behind FM:Interact, and we’re pleased to know that our commitment to our customers is being recognized and reflected by the industry, particularly in an industry that is so rapidly changing.”

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Verdantix: Take note of new efforts to standardise well-being data

On March 7, 2017, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) launched a programme to develop a set of global standards for sensors and systems that monitor the range of variables which impact worker well-being (e.g. air quality, light levels and humidity). The IWBI, with partners including the Green Building Council of Australia and RESET, aims to improve the quality of data collected on occupant well-being by providing standards for sensor performance, as well as guidance on how firms can analyse this data. This is a potentially interesting development for software vendors across the real estate, energy and facilities information management (REEFIM) market – it has the potential to improve the quality and consistency of well-being data.

Improving occupant well-being continues to be one of the hottest themes across the REEFIM market. Suppliers are positioning existing and new service offerings around occupant well-being, on the promise it can boost productivity and help to reduce absenteeism. For example, Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) vendor Planon collects and analyses data on lighting levels, thermal comfort and air quality, to provide recommendations to customers for improving occupant comfort. Honeywell has developed the Occupant Vector App to allow workers to provide feedback on thermal comfort levels. Mitie is piloting an Intelligent Buildings Solution which looks to boost worker productivity and concentration by optimising internal environments…

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What are Siemens’ strategies for real estate decarbonisation?

Reducing the carbon footprint of buildings and enhancing sustainability are fast becoming business critical issues for institutional real estate investors. But in order to implement an effective green strategy to lower one’s carbon footprint, having access to detailed building performance data and analytics is vital. Siemens is able to achieve this to help investors enhance the value of their real estate portfolios…

Towards low carbon real estate

On average, energy consumption accounts for 40% of the lifecycle costs of buildings. For those wishing to optimise their real estate and demonstrate green credentials, and compliance with global standards, such as Europe’s Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), commonly used in the US, Siemens is able to plot a path to greater transparency and performance…

The power of big data

To connect buildings and foster smart buildings, in February 2016, the Siemens Buildings Technologies Division partnered with IBM to maximise the potential of connected buildings and the data they create to empower real estate owners and operators to drive business results and meet building-related KPI’s. As a result, Siemens develops integral solutions with IBM‘s software suites Maximo (asset management) and TRIRIGA (workplace management) and envisages use cases to apply Watson IoT analytics. A cognitive building can anticipate, respond, and adapt…

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[Admin: As a thought-provoking counterpoint, the following piece reveals a mathematical flaw in current climate models that are supposed to predict the rate of global warming for every doubling of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air.]

Carbon scare is over?

In December 2016, Lord Christopher Monckton reveals a breaking discovery which may prove the entire “climate change” scare is based on faulty mathematics. At the “Global-Warming; an Inconvenient Lie” conference in Phoenix, AZ, Lord Monckton covers in-depth the mathematical discovery his team has made and announces that these findings have been submitted for proper peer review…


[Admin: At time index 3:29, the 4.5 K value is highlighted. But looking at Lord Monckton’s London presentation from September 2016, the 2.2 K should be highlighted instead. Basically, the flaw was taking the mid-value of T (at 3.0 K) on the y-axis, instead of taking the mid-value of F (at 0.485) on the x-axis. That’s what he means by “the wrong end of the curve” or the wrong axis. So by using the F of 0.485, the curve gives a much lower T of 2.2 K. Then 2.2 K should be highlighted.]

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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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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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Konami Gaming wins Sustainable Green Building award

[Admin: Congratulations to Konami Gaming here in Las Vegas, Nevada.]

Konami Gaming, Inc., a global leader in casino gaming and systems, was awarded the 2016 NAIOP Southern Nevada Spotlight Award for Sustainable/Green Building for the recently-completed expansion of its Las Vegas headquarters. This honor annually recognizes the regional commercial building project that exemplifies sustainable principles as a driving force behind development.

Konami’s expanded facility more than doubled its original 160,000-square-foot building with full Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification and became one of the state’s largest facilities to achieve complete geothermal heating and cooling…

A myriad of environmental initiatives were introduced in addition to the geothermal system—subterranean parking, LED lighting, and completely new roofing, flooring, paint, and furniture—all contributing to LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and this year’s recognition from NAIOP’s Southern Nevada Chapter…

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