Integrated Facility Management Systems Yield Sustainable Results

By Jeff Seewald – Building Intelligence Group

From a sustainability perspective, potential benefits of an integrated facility management and maintenance solution include a more empowered and productive staff, increased operational efficiency, and support for operations and maintenance. Furthermore, such a system provides a foundation to support sustainability programs.



Enhanced Staff Productivity A facility operations staff armed with an integrated facility management system can increase their productivity and contribute to sustainability by more effectively managing key aspects of their work:

  • Work orders and tracking
  • Planned and emergency maintenance and repairs
  • Asset management

    Because key data flows seamlessly between building systems and the facility management system, less time is spent transferring data between systems and deriving conditions that require attention. A staff equipped with the right tools, including a facility management system, is a key element in assuring that a building designed to be sustainable remains sustainable over time.

    Improved Operational Efficiency
    Along with improvements in staff productivity, a facility management system helps to keep building systems operating at optimum performance levels. Knowledge of building performance issues followed closely by the initiation and tracking of action to address issues is a powerful combination that will keep equipment and systems running reliably at the best possible performance. Furthermore, addressing issues in a timely manner can improve the longevity of equipment and systems. Improved efficiency and longevity yield lower operating costs. And, benefits from a sustainability perspective include reduced energy consumption, improved indoor environmental quality, work orders avoiding critical failures and intelligent maintenance based on run-time and sensor interface.

    Support for Commissioning
    Finally, integrated facility management systems play a key role in enabling and supporting commissioning processes used by an operations staff to achieve the best possible and most cost effective building systems performance, resulting in the highest levels of sustainability. An integrated facility management system in combination with well-defined commissioning processes, both initial and continuous, can satisfy the requirements of LEED Rating systems, including LEED for:
  • New Construction
  • Commercial Interiors
  • Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance

    Furthermore, once such systems and processes are in place, they yield sustainable results. This is especially true of ongoing commissioning, where detailed measurement, tracking and documentation of building performance is required.