BIM for Facility Management: Design for Maintenance Strategy

Oct 01, 2011

As the largest combined building owner and energy user in the United States, federal agencies are becoming acutely aware of the cost of managing their property portfolios.In order to tackle issues with their space data, several agencies are turning to building information modeling (BIM) as part of their design and construction procurements.Through a series of Executive Orders (EO), government agencies have been mandating energy reduction measures for all federal facilities yet have all but neglected to address the rising costs of their facilities’ operations and maintenance (O&M). Many are not aware that energy is 25 percent of the overall cost of federal building operations. O&M, on the other hand, is commonly around 50 percent yet there does not appear to be a strategy to equally reduce those costs.

Birgitta Foster, BSME, MBA, SSA/Sandia National Labs
Journal of Building Information Modeling (JBIM) National Institute of Building Sciences
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buildingSMART alliance (National Institute of Building Sciences)

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