BOMA Event starts in Long Beach, CA
Mary Gorczynski 1100006B54 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  facilities-management ibmontwitter service-management ibmsoftware eam smarter-buildings space-management asset-management maximo tivoli smarter-planet
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The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) event this year just started in Long Beach, CA. The key session I attended today was "Green Buildings and Worker Productivity" hosted by Norman Miller, Vice President of Analytics, CoStar Group and Pat Garibay, Business Development Director for Contracting Solutions at Trane.
While the results of the recent study done by the University of San Diego and CB Richard Ellis didn't conclude that occupancy rates for green buildings are always less than traditional buildings at this time, they are actually starting to get documented results that should conclude this in the future. Healthier buildings are showing reduced sick time and increased productivity in employees and it is believed that tenants will seek green in the future.
Things like recycling, water conservation and motion sensors for lighting, hvac, etc are key focus items for many building owners. Mr. Miller pointed out that China has motion sensors on almost all escalators........doesn't that seem obvious........why waste energy running escalators 24x7 when people aren't using them? The study also pointed out that separate metering on buildings saves 21%.......make people aware of the cost of their energy usage & they start conserving to reduce costs.
Another obvious concept was day cleaning.....in addition to reducing energy costs of cleaning buildings at night, people are cleaner once they meet the cleaning staff. Human behavior is so interesting!
Mr. Garibay focused on HVAC which averages 40-45% of energy costs for buildings. One of the first areas to focus on to reduce costs here is to focus on off hour reductions. Property managers can incent tenants to make adjustments in their schedules to reduce costs, or they can take direct advantage of the off hour reductions themselves.
The session had many nice tie ins to what we'll be demoing tomorrow on our Solution for a Smarter Building, as well as the benefits of space utilization planning. Bottomline, charging people makes them realize the cost. So even if they don't conserve energy because it is the environmentally responsible thing to do, they will do it to reduce their operating costs.
Drop by the IBM Booth #353 to learn more about how IBM Maximo Asset Management solution.