Reduction of federal building energy footprint is an important initiative.
The focus on BIM as 3D visualization and design is a distraction we can no longer afford.
The High-Performance Buildings Caucus was started in 2007 with a goal to make a real difference in our economy and environment. Last year, the “Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act” was introduce to piece of legislation ensure that people working on federal buildings are properly trained to do the work their job requires. This bill was signed into law at the end of 2010, however, the General Administration Services (GSA) is lagging in its proper implementation. Knowledge of life-cycle facility management is critical to reaching the goals of efficient facility life-cycle management.
The High Performance Federal Buildings Act is intended to require analysis of the full life-cycle costs for buildings. It also requires regulations for the use of energy and water in federal buildings to reflect the most current codes and standards. The Act will reduce energy footprint speed compliance with mandated standards.
It is very important to use of life-cycle cost analysis on any construction, alteration or acquisition of a building. Facility condition assessments and commissioning are also key elements in this regard that must be addressed in a standardized manner.
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