BOMA Update: GSA makes tracks to make its buildings "smart"
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On day 2 of the Building Owners and Managers Association event I sat in on the "People + Buildings + Technologies: How GSA is Making Its Portfolio "Smart"" session. And what a great job the 3 representatives from General Services Administration and the moderator from Intelligent Buildings, Inc did.
If you're like me you probably didn't realize the magnitude of GSA.....I knew they were big.....but did you know that they own 1517 buildings with over 350M square feet? In addition, with America set to spend $4 Billion in economic stimulus funds for construction projects to make federal buildings more energy-efficient, you can see how this was a hot topic for the conference.
$4 Billion is a lot of money for most of us. It was good to know that there are a lot of mandates driving this spending & accountable plans to hold the government accountable. For example:
The good news is that GSA is making progress towards meeting the timeline. So far the team has made Smart Buildings a component of 26 of the ARRA projects that were already underway. In addition, the directive is not only to not impact timelines, but also to incorporate these projects without an impact to budget.......which makes sense because the energy efficiency initiatives will reduce cost.
For every project they have 3 focus areas:
In addition, their technical standards must be:
A good chunk of the presentation laid out standards and highlighted the development of policies for implementation, just as you would expect. But you'll be happy to know that the National Smart Building Advocate drove the vision home with the dashboard visual to inspire participation by everyone.
The example is that of the Ford Fusion Hybrid. If you have not seen the eco dashboard, it's worth a look. Basically it displays 3 concepts:
So your incentive is to get more & more leaves on the vine. Immediate gratification for "good behavior". This is the same concept for the GSA building dashboards. They want you to know what's going on with energy consumption when you enter one of their buildings. Be on the lookout the next time you are in a GSA building!
IBM Maximo Asset Management has been used 'smartly' for many years in a number of GSA regions to manage their facilities maintenance services and their building and equipment assets, so that GSA maintains a handle on asset lifecycle costs. And today, Maximo's metering capabilities can now be leveraged to assist our customers in effective energy management.
With 80% of today's buildings projected to be in operation in 2050, we have to prepare now. We have to ensure that both property and facilities managers of the future are equipped with the skills needed to drive sustainable energy efficient buildings.