Conversations with Todd: How is ARCHIBUS most commonly used?

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Todd: I think most of our clients use it for Space Management and for Building Operations. We’ve also seen it used for Energy Management, Project Management, and I think one of the great strengths of ARCHIBUS is that it’s a really deep well. There’s a lot of stuff you can use it for. Most people start with Space or Facilities Management but there’s a lot of places you can branch out.

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Conversations with Todd: KPIs delivered with energy management

 
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Bob: Can you name some KPIs that they got out of this?

 

Todd: We talked a little bit about the average building usage of energy per square foot as one of the KPIs. Another one is just straight usage. Often a department will come in and say, “How much usage did we have in this area of the county in the last year?” and they’re able to answer that question pretty quickly now.

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ARCHIBUS Applications: Energy Management

The purpose of ARCHIBUS’ Energy Management Application is to track and manage energy use to control costs, reduce carbon footprint, and mitigate risk, something we all want to do!

Benefits

  • Lowers annual energy costs, typically by 5% (or approximately $0.10 – 0.20 USD per square foot of space/year) and reduces carbon footprint
  • Provides audit capabilities to easily access, aggregate, and evaluate consumption patterns as the basis to renegotiate rates and consolidate energy providers
  • Reduces business risk and exposure to changes in energy costs or carbon emissions regulation through “what-if” analyses
  • Improves decision-making by aligning energy spending to organizational priorities
  • Energy Management Screenshot
Graphical dashboard views, such as Utility Cost with Consumption (by building and billing period) shown above, simplify visualization and analysis while improving decision support for energy management strategies.

With increasing utility costs, mandates to reduce carbon emissions, and sustainability efforts gaining more visibility, effective energy management has become even more important for organizations. ARCHIBUS Energy Management provides the means to easily aggregate, evaluate, and optimize energy and utility spending decisions to reduce unnecessary consumption and costs. Unlike spreadsheets or finance software alone, Energy Management helps users correlate and manage extensive cost data with real-time facility and infrastructure portfolio information to track energy expenditures against a business plan or objective benchmarks.

*Information for this article provided by ARCHIBUS*

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Green Tips: Recycling

We are beyond excited to share our second installment of Green Tips! In this addition, we are sharing some great tips from LEED v4 for Building Operations Management. But specifically how implementing a recycling program can get your building closer to it’s LEED certification!

We all know the importance of recycling. But for those who aren’t green at heart, finding the time to properly recycle waste products can be tricky. A great option to help your employees recycle and keep our earth beautiful is to implement a recycling plan at your workplace! In helping reduce your carbon footprint, your efforts in establishing a recycling program puts your facility a few points closer to achieving LEED certification.

The purpose of LEED’s Ongoing Solid Waste Management Credit is to reduce the waste that is generated by building occupants and hauled to and disposed of in landfills and incinerators. Following these requirements will gain you two points toward your facility’s certification.

Performance

Maintain a waste reduction and recycling program that reuses, recycles, or composts the following:

  • at least 50% of the ongoing waste as specified in Materials and Resources Prerequisite: Ongoing Purchasing and Waste Policy (by weight or volume); and
  • at least 75% of the durable goods waste as specified in Materials and Resources Prerequisite: Ongoing Purchasing and Waste Policy (by weight, volume or replacement value).

In addition, safely dispose of the following:

  • all discarded batteries; and
  • all mercury-containing lamps.

There are many different ways to implement this type of system, most popularly being to install recycling bins in carefully and conveniently placed locations around your facility both internally and externally. Additionally, you can have “electronic waste days” where you set aside specific days to properly dispose of batteries, mercury-containing lamps, and any other electronic waste product.

How do you recycle in the workplace? We’d love to hear what works for you and your company. Comment below and let us know what you think!

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