FM trends in high-performance buildings and workplaces (HPB+W)

The annual High-Performance Buildings + Workplaces (HPB+W) conference takes place at the Arlington (Texas) Convention Center, May 17-18. Registration is free!

Greg Zimmerman brings more than 13 years of experience and knowledge to the facility management field. He discusses the changes and trends he’s seen in the quickly evolving occupation. With technology rapidly influencing the profession, facility managers can expect to see the effect in their everyday jobs and the overall performance of their buildings.

What misconceptions do people have about smart, sustainable buildings?

A common misconception I hear is high-performance buildings or smart buildings must be super expensive and complex. That’s simply not true. Even small buildings that are easier to operate can be smart, high-performance, and sustainable. Most buildings in the United States are smaller, so we can really start making a dent…

What excites you about the future of the facilities business?

The rate at which high-performance building technology is being implemented is really encouraging. The Internet of Things, IoT, is one example. We have adopted IoT technology in our personal lives, and now we’re doing that in our professional lives. People have been using smart phones to remotely control things…

What advice would you give to facility managers just starting out?

One thing to focus on is learning about what’s going to be important in the future. The biggest topic in facility management right now is high-performance buildings and sustainability. Technology is second nature to young professionals just coming in. Understand and learn the technology. Be the “go to” person for your building…

What do people need to know about HPB+W?

This is really the only show of its kind, covering such a wide range of topics. It concentrates on energy and water efficiency, air quality, IoT, technology; all falling under the umbrella of high-performance buildings. This is our third year of the show and we are really hitting our stride…

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FM:Systems guarantees the RightPath to IWMS success

FM:Systems uses RightPath, a proven process based on hundreds of successful projects and decades of experience. FM:Systems customers consistently find that their systems are deployed on time and within budget, with measurable results in time frames that are dramatically faster than those of competing products… On average, a standard implementation spans a 20-week period.

Unlike other IWMS products that have been assembled through mergers and acquisitions, all FM:Interact modules have been solely developed by the FM:Systems product team. FM:Interact was built from the ground up to adapt to our customers’ business processes. This avoids the high cost, long time frames and risk associated with customizing other IWMS products…

Out of the box, FM:Interact provides a comprehensive set of modules to support the key functions of real estate and facilities management including space management, real estate portfolio management, strategic planning, asset management, move management, facility maintenance, project management and sustainability…


[Admin: This post is related to the 08.01.16 post about the competitors of IBM TRIRIGA.]

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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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NFMT conference and exhibition returns to Las Vegas in 2016

From: Best FM Education Returns To Las Vegas, FacilitiesNet

Join us at NFMT Vegas 2016 for the facility management industry’s premier West Coast event

Conference: November 1-2, 2016, Mirage Events Center, Las Vegas

After meeting last year on the East Coast, Building Operating Management’s National Facilities Management & Technology Conference and Exhibition returns to Las Vegas. The facility management industry’s premiere West Coast educational event is back at the Mirage Events Center with more than 70 educational sessions, bonus in-depth workshops, and more than 60,000 square feet of new products and solutions on display.

Learn, interact, and gain essential insight from others’ experiences. NFMT Vegas delivers 70 educational sessions over two days, covering seven tracks designed with building owners, facility managers, and maintenance department problem-solvers in mind. Session tracks include Safety, Energy, Technology, Maintenance, Building Automation, Sustainability, and — new to Las Vegas — the Building Internet of Things (IoT)…

The new Building IoT track covers all aspects of how the Internet, wireless control, cloud computing, and other technologies are affecting how FMs do their jobs. Corporate information technology vendor Cisco presents on the digitization of building systems, while other presenters delve into the increasingly important topics of Big Data analytics, building information modeling (BIM), and the ways IoT is changing lighting choices…

The NFMT Las Vegas exhibit hall also has main-stage presentations to complement the many exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on displays of products and solutions… While the conference sessions and exhibition are free to attend (Nov. 1-2), the four-hour workshops on Monday, Oct. 31, require an additional fee… For free registration or for more information on sessions and workshops, go to


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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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CTBUH announces 2016 Tall Building Award winners

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced the winners and finalists of its CTBUH 2016 Tall Building Awards. This year’s winners and finalists, selected from 132 entries, have set a new bar for the annual awards program, with many employing inventive solutions that respond to demanding site constraints and prerogatives related to sustainability, seismicity, wind forces, mixed functionality, and a vibrant urban habitat.

Award recipients are recognized across five categories: Best Tall Building Awards – Regional (Americas, Asia & Australasia, Europe, and Middle East & Africa), Urban Habitat Award, Innovation Award, Performance Award, and 10 Year Award. All award winners will be recognized at the CTBUH 15th Annual Awards Symposium, which will take place at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, on November 3. At the event, the four regional Best Tall Building winners will compete for the title of Best Tall Building Worldwide.

Best Tall Building

The Best Tall Building category recognizes projects that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level. The winning projects exhibit processes and innovations that have added to the profession of design and enhance the cities and the lives of their inhabitants. The following Best Tall Buildings winners have been named for each of four competing regions in the world, from nominees representing a total of 27 countries…


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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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Planon: Smart buildings at the service of the people

Smart buildings yield considerable returns in the area of efficiency and cost savings. However, the focus above all must be on the benefits for the building’s users. That’s because by creating a work environment that is as comfortable as possible, an organisation can get more out of its employees. Happy employees perform better, which benefits productivity. Moreover, a smart building can contribute to the safety and health (CO2 and humidity control) of its users.

I came upon a good example of the above during my visit to CeBIT. Toshiba has “smart” elevators in their office because it has equipped them with embedded software that is linked to their cloud environment. Thanks to a camera, this cloud is able to measure how many people are waiting for the elevator at a given time and adjust the elevator movement algorithm accordingly based on the data. The result is improved traffic flow during peak times, which eliminates lots of frustration for employees. Using the acquired data, Toshiba is able to compare failure patterns and use this information to reduce the chance that something will break by deploying predictive maintenance.

An additional benefit of collecting data is cost savings, for example, by linking maintenance and cleaning to a building’s actual use. When it appears that a certain wing is hardly used, you can decide to have the space cleaned less frequently. You can also limit the CO2 emissions by conducting an analysis of the energy consumption. The combination of happy employees and sustainability is, in turn, good for the organisation’s appeal, which results in talented employees having more interest in coming to work for the organisation – or to keep working for it…

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Can anyone help with loading data from Oracle to fact tables?

I am new to the TRIRIGA Real Estate Environmental Sustainability (TREES) module. We are planning to bring the data from another database to our metric table. Can anyone share the document which can help me to load the data from an Oracle Database to the fact BO? Thanks in advance.

TREES is expecting the sustainability data to be organized in the energy logs (carbon, emission, water, etc.) per building per month. You will probably want to use DataConnect (DC) to set up staging tables and via DC job insert and associate the data in the appropriate logs. Once the data is in the logs, the TREES ETL would build your fact tables. Calendar Period is a classification and has its own unique format that you need to map (that you can do via workflow). Energy Type is also a classification that will need to be mapped accordingly…

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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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