WHAT STUDENTS LOOK FOR IN PICKING A COLLEGE…………………
A recent study by the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers shows the extent to which students are concerned about campus facilities and their upkeep. Following are facilities that the survey’s respondents deemed “extremely important” or “very important” when they were selecting a college:
I came across this conversation string on my LinkedIn account yesterday. It is primarily about Archibus. There was a comment by an Archibus reseller in Raleigh who claims that Archibus dominates the IWMS market throughout the world. As a past user of Archibus, I have no doubts as to its Space capabilities but, in my experience in integrated solutions, I would tend to shy away from actually calling Archibus an IWMS solution as it falls short in a number of important FM operational areas. Which brings us to today’s questions.
1. What actually is an IWMS solution – is it WORKPLACE or WORK MANAGEMENT? What’s your definition?
2. What are the fundamental modules which make up an IWMS system and how do these differ from a CMMS, RPM, AM or CAFM system?
3. If an IWMS solution is “integrated”, should not all of the above components be integrated within ONE system, on ONE database and developed from ONE code stream?
4. If a company promotes its solution as IWMS (ie Integrated) and does not meet the above criteria (3), can it claim to actually have an IWMS solution?
This blog conversation has not been started to promote any turf wars between vendors and resellers, so don’t start. It has merely been designed to provoke discussion and hopefully provide some definitional clarity behind a loosely used term.
Thanks for your input!
Commercial buildings account for 19% of the nation’s energy consumption, according to the Energy Information Administration, so when the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) decided to build a new office building to house its staff, energy performance was naturally a top priority. The new Research Support Facilities (RSF), currently in construction on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is utilizing a wide variety of energy efficiency measures to reduce energy consumption by 50% over standard commercial buildings. But the goal to achieve a LEED Platinum rating didn’t override a focus on cost. The RSF’s construction costs are competitive with today’s less energy efficient commercial buildings, proof that energy efficiency doesn’t have to come at a premium. Read more……………
Lessons in a Design-Build Approach: The U.S. Department of Energy Leads the Way to Affordable Energy Efficient Designs | AASHE 2010 Conference (AASHE).
New Programs That Have Become Law:
• The Higher Education Act created the University Sustainability Program (USP) to fund competitive grants to colleges and universities as well as higher education consortia, associations, and alliances for the purposes of establishing new or existing sustainability programs
• The Energy Independence and Security Act Section 471 created the Energy Sustainability and Efficiency Grants and Loans for Institutions (ESEGLI) program, which provides up to $500 million in loans and up to $250 million in grants annually for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to higher education institutions, public schools, and local governments.
Higher Education Facilities Leaders at colleges and universities need at the forefront of the sustainability process. Approximately 80 percent of a university’s emissions are the result of physical-plant activities, which means the facilities manager’s role is crucial as a resource and expert on campus utilities and physical operations. (more…)
So how much is one ton of CO2?
I just learned that there are 617 coal fired power plants in the US emitting 4,643,734 metric tons of CO2 (epa.gov) each. That’s 2.685 BILLION tons of CO2 emitted each and every year. (more…)
Facilities Budgets have always been limited to the actual operating costs of the department which means that purchasing decisions are based on the savings / benefits in direct proportion to the amount of money available in the Facilities Budget. Achieving this hurdle rate – or ROI is the basis for accessing the viability of competing demands for scarce capital. For certain acquisitions, this is the correct method. However, there are acquisitions made by Facilities that, although primarily used by facilities personnel, have a far greater economic value to the university as a whole. As such, its acquisition costs (and the financial and societal benefits derived) must be considered in a much wider context. (more…)
This article refers to Life Cycle Costing in terms of capital works funding programs only. An LCC approach to other areas of facilities management is also encouraged, however, since capital works tends to have the largest piece of the budget pie, then LCC methodology is an essential business practice.
What is Life Cycle Costing?
Life Cycle Costing (LCC) is a technique to establish the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a project. It is a structured approach that addresses all the elements of the TCO and can be used to produce a spend profile of the project over its anticipated – or functional – life-span. The results of an LCC analysis can be used to assist Facilities Leaders in the decision-making process where there is a choice of options. The accuracy of LCC analysis diminishes as it projects further into the future, so it is most valuable as a comparative tool when long term assumptions apply to all the options and consequently have the same impact.
Maintenance and Operations requirements have always dominated the complete life-cycle of Higher Education facilities and with current economic conditions, is at the forefront of the “cost-cutting discussion”. The increasing age of facilities stock in the US is automatically leading to higher maintenance costs and subsequent increases in operational expense incurred through the support of these maintenance requirements. Budget cuts and restrictions mean doing more with less, usually resulting in a blow out in deferred maintenance.