Behind the High-Performance Federal Buildings Act

Reduction of  federal building energy footprint is an important initiative.

Focus must shift to the renovation, repair, and sustainability of existing buildings and associated efficient project delivery methods.   BIM and Cloud computing can integrate the currently disparate processes associated with facility capital planning, management, renovation, and maintenance…. and make enable the widespread use of efficient project delivery methods such as integrated project delivery (IPD) and job order contracting (JOC).
The focus on BIM as 3D visualization and design is a distraction we can no longer afford.


BIM is the life-cycle management of facilities supported by digital technology.  It is the use of robust business processes and standardized taxonomies and metrics.
The tools to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment are readily available.  Products and services  manufactured here in the United States, the use of which would also help our economy.

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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What is BIM … It’s not Revit, Archicad, Bentley …

BIM and Cloud technologies/processes will redefine the relationships between all construction professionals.

BIM is the life-cycle management of the built environment supported by digital technology.  While 3d visualization, aka Revit, Archicad, Bentley, et al is a valuable component of BIM it is neither the primary component, or necessarily a requisite component.   These 3d visualization tools and their suppliers have primarily targeted architects and designers.  Why is that?   It’s simple, 3d visualization helps in the visual design and “selling” of structures.  When combined with MEP, it also can save money relative to crash/collision detection.

The true value of BIM, however, lies within business management and process change/adaptation.  The integration of previously disparate silos of construction and facility management information and processes into a collaborative, transparent environment is what BIM offers.

How do we get there?  Simple really, the combination of BIM with CLOUD technology will result in disruptive, positive change.  Affordable, scalable technology is now available to embed robust business processes.

For example, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), and Job Order Contracting (JOC), the latter being IPD for facility renovation, repair, sustainability and minor new construction, are both efficient, proven construction delivery methods.  The are now both available embedded within technologies to support the collaborative needed of Owners, Contractors, AEs, BPMs (business product manufactures), and the relevant other Community members.

The linking of efficient construction delivery methods like IPD and JOC, with CPMS, CMMS, CAFM, BAS, GIS… to name a few… has already begun.

Valuable information On-Demand to enable efficient construction and facility management is BIM… part technology, part process, 100% collaborative.

Terms of equal import to BIM?   ” Adaptive Project Delivery” and “Adaptive Construction Management”.

BIMF - The Framework for BIM

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