Properly managing facilities is a foundational need for building owners. The buildings of hospitals, universities, schools districts, and municipalities are considered assets that need to be preserved and enhanced. So, what’s the best way to manage your valuable facility assets? Let’s go over some strategies on how to improve facilities on your campus.
For years, the old standard of building facility management was a simple process that involved fielding complaints about equipment failure and then reactively scheduling a repair. More progressive institutions added preventative maintenance as a reliable means of extending equipment lifetime, and improving reliability. This management system was suited for an environment that featured a healthy availability of technical workers and technicians to handle the workload. However, the ranks of technicians has continued to dwindle over the past two decades, and today is exacerbated further by the overall shortage of qualified workers for hire. In addition, new equipment and controls systems are ever more sophisticated creating challenges and increased demands. Today many multi-building campuses face challenges such as:
Businesses across the country are asking their facilities managers to do more with less. The pool of qualified technicians & technical workers shrinks every year, and the cost of hiring talent capable of handling complicated building automation systems continues to rise. We work with clients across the nation and when asked, “If you could find 2 qualified technicians tomorrow would you hire them?” The answer is a resounding YES!
The multi-year building surge across health care, higher education, and K-12 school districts has increased the campus footprint for many institutional building owners. Yet despite the size increases, there is rarely a proportional expansion for the growth of the Facilities Department team. This forces managers to be more efficient in their facilities management best practices.
The relentless drive for companies and institutions to cut costs can put real pressure on the facilities team. We observe that many facilities departments are consistently tasked with reducing year over year operating budgets. This demand forces them to think creatively and look for new ways to improve productivity.
Industry leaders have found that driving towards proactive facility management as a solution to the common campus challenges. Proactive Facility Management emphasizes working Smarter, Leveraging Data to Drive Decision Making, and Creating Visibility to enable faster and better responses to problems while small and unnoticed by occupants. BuildingLogiX is a leader in technology-enabled service solutions that allow users to make continuous improvements to their building systems throughout a campus. Some of our facilities management best practices include:
The FDD software offered by BuildingLogiX is designed to reveal opportunities to improve the reliability & efficiency of equipment that go unnoticed during normal operations. FDD is a tool that proactively identifies problems before they disrupt a system’s performance and increase operating costs. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are the combination of complex machines, and yet the primary indicator of their performance is comfort in the space. When HVAC systems operate at less than peak efficiency they consume more energy, and wear out faster. Finding the issues and problems that prevent HVAC systems from operating at peak efficiency quickly and at low cost enables you to maximize efficiency, asset value and equipment lifetime while preventing significant downtime.
Building systems produce a tremendous amount of data each day. Harnessing that data and applying rules based analytics provides incredible insights for smart operation. Your Facilities team already works hard. Providing them with real time insights from data driven analytics ensures that they are spending their time on the highest priorities that will make the biggest impact on your facility.
Allowing the data generated by building systems to be easily visualized in charts, tables, and graphs enables fast and easy communication of what’s going on. Data visualization uses a visual representation to communicate information to the right people at the right time. The data visualization tools provided by BuildingLogiX help facility teams understand the analytics produced by your building systems. BuildingLogiX customizes our data tools, so you control which team members see which types of information.
Our strategic energy management (SEM) helps building owners set goals for their energy consumption and measure progress against those goals. In addition by enabling comparison of systems and buildings new insights and operational patterns are revealed.. SEM affects operational efficiency by analyzing metered data supplied by your energy systems and showing where inefficiencies occur, allowing you to make continuous commissioning improvements to your buildings.
BuildingLogiX bundles all of these best practices and more into our Connected Building Service Solution (CBS). CBS solutions harness our expertise and engineered processes to deliver insights and analysis on a building’s performance. CBS helps you interpret data into actionable solutions providing cost-saving results that improve business operations.
BuildingLogiX is a technology-driven service provider that enables clients to produce savings, increase the efficiency of their building operations and improve productivity. We deliver services supported by our expert team of engineers that helps clients:
- Optimize Building Performance
- Reduce Operating Costs
- Maximize the Productivity of Facility Team Members
Our solutions have been deployed in over 500 million square feet of occupied buildings, and we can guarantee at least a 10% reduction in your utility costs. Contact BuildingLogiX today if you’re interested in embracing the new standard of proactive facility management solutions for your business.