Reducing Facility Management Costs Through Integration of COBIE and LEED - EB

Apr 01, 2009

It has been said that the only constant is change…it is a truism that is especially relevant within the facilities management industry. There are a number of major technology trends that drive today’s planning, design, construction and facilities management functions seemingly all independent of each other. The emergence of BIM (Building Information modeling) as the dominant tool for design and construction is one major trend. Leadership
in Energy and Environment Design® (LEED) has become the essential yardstick for defining green and sustainability. Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) and Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) are essential tools for managing facilities once they are placed into use. These trends all address different needs within the facilities industry. But a new standard, Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBIE), ties all three trends together in a way that leads to improved operation and energy efficiency over the lifecycle of a facility.

Harinder Singh, Woopert
Dana K. Smith, Information Consulting, LLC
John M. Przybyla, PE. GISP, Woolpert, Inc.
Journal of Building Information Modeling (JBIM) National Institute of Building Sciences
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
buildingSMART alliance (National Institute of Building Sciences)

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