Category : Sustainability

Join us for the RICS ‘Infrastructure Management: Current Practices and Future Trends,’ Breakfast Event

RICS Infrastructure Breakfast

Come join DC’s infrastructure professionals for breakfast Thursday October 5th as we present RICS 2017 publication of, Infrastructure Management: Current Practices and Future Trends. We will introduce the research and host a panel discussion to examine some of the most pressing issues facing private and public sector infrastructure professionals working to develop and maintain these assets that support our economic and social well-being. Register here.

Speakers will include:
Lawrence Melton FRICS, CEO & President, The Building People
Chris Carson FRICS, Enterprise Director of Program & Project Controls, Arcadis
Joseph Kane, Associate Fellow, The Brookings Institute
Paul L. Rau, Senior Realty Specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs
Charles Dilley, Managing Director, The Building People (Host)

Additional panelists to be announced

Agenda:
8:00am-8:30am: Registration and Networking.
8:30am-9:30am: Review of the paper’s findings followed by panel discussion.
9:30am-10:00am: Q&A.

Light refreshments will be provided (snacks and non-alcoholic beverages).


Important information about arrival:

The entrance is through an alley to the right of Ella’s Wood Fire Pizza at 610 9th st. NW. There will be an RICS representative to guide you, but you can just walk down that alley and turn left to find the entrance to the building. Once at the building press the bell button on the call box, then scroll to find “Breather Access”. Press “Breather” then the bell button again and say that you are there for your Breather reservation. Then use your unique code in the elevator to enter the 3rd floor (9889#) 

 

 


Infrastructure Management: Current Practices and Future Trends is a call to action that delivers insights from industry leaders on the current environment, while offering guidance on how to influence and restore this central pillar of economic growth (complimentary copy provided to attendees).

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: THE BUILDING PEOPLE, LLC EXPANDS GSA 03FAC SCHEDULE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MAY 25, 2017

THE BUILDING PEOPLE, LLC EXPANDS GSA 03FAC SCHEDULE

Leesburg, VA, May 25, 2017 The Building People was recently awarded additional Special Item Numbers (SINs) through the GSA 03FAC Schedule, which means all federal customers can now purchase complete facilities services directly from the schedule. The Building People’s CEO and founder, Lawrence Melton commented saying, “Our growth and expansion by leveraging the GSA 03 FAC schedule expands our market presence and continues to show our success while partnering with both GSA and Federal clients to streamline the acquisition process and provide cost savings.”

03fac PR updates 5.25.17The Building People offer the following services under the GSA 03FAC schedule:

  • Smart Buildings Systems Integrator (SIN 003-01)
  • Complete Facilities Maintenance (811 002)
  • Complete Facilities Management (811-003)
  • Facilities Maintenance and Management Consulting (811-006)
  • Energy Management Planning and Strategies (871 202)
  • Training on Energy Management (871 203)
  • Metering Services (SIN 871-204)
  • Energy Program Support Services (871 205)
  • Building Commissioning Services (SIN 871-206)
  • Energy Audit Services (871 207)
  • Innovations in Renewable Energy (871 209)
  • Energy Consulting Services (SIN 871-211)

NAICS Code Description
236210 INDUSTRIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION
236220 COMMERCIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION
531312 NONRESIDENTIAL PROPERTY MANAGERS
531390 OTHER ACTIVITIES RELATED TO REAL ESTATE
541330 ENGINEERING SERVICES
541350 BUILDING INSPECTION SERVICES
541512 COMPUTER SYSTEMS DESIGN SERVICES
541513 COMPUTER FACILITIES MANAGEMENT SERVICES
541519 OTHER COMPUTER RELATED SERVICES
541611 ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGEMENT AND GENERAL MANAGEMENT CONSULTING SERVICES
541614 PROCESS, PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION, AND LOGISTICS CONSULTING SERVICES
541618 OTHER MANAGEMENT CONSULTING SERVICES
541620 ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING SERVICES
541690 OTHER SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL CONSULTING SERVICES
541712 RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE PHYSICAL, ENGINEERING, AND LIFE SCIENCES (EXCEPT BIOTECHNOLOGY)
541990 ALL OTHER PROFESSIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, AND TECHNICAL SERVICES
561110 OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
561210* FACILITIES SUPPORT SERVICES (Primary NAICS Code)
561920 CONVENTION AND TRADE SHOW ORGANIZERS
611430 PROFESSIONAL AND MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
624229 OTHER COMMUNITY HOUSING SERVICES
926110 ADMINISTRATION OF GENERAL ECONOMIC PROGRAMS

The Building People is a corporate real estate and facilities management organization that prides itself on more than 20 years of executive leadership experience operating, maintaining, and providing service and space solutions for building owners and their customers. Their leadership team includes nationally recognized professionals in the real estate management, facilities, and technology sectors. Their mission is to maximize the workplace experience and reduce costs without sacrificing quality and reliability. They achieve this by empowering building owners and operators to propagate new norms and tenant behaviors toward organizational efficiency, energy sustainability, and savings opportunities.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jorie Fields at (703) 669 2222 Ext. 709 or email at jorie.fields@thebuildingpeople.com.

The Building People – B3 Benchmarking Update

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In this Update:

  1. Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) scores
  2. Improvements to Improvements tab
  3. EnergyCAP integration
  4. Additional new feature highlights
    • Building level metrics and navigation
    • Renewable meter types
    • Import wizard updates
    • Site decommissioning
    • Fiscal year reporting and exporting
  5. Optimize your B3 experience

Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) scores

Scores are now available for wastewater treatment plants. They are based on ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager’s (ESPM) formula. Not only will scores be available for plants designed above 0.6 MGD but also for WWTPs designed smaller than 0.6 MGD. To support these calculations, a new Flow Meter type has been added. This meter type is only available to sites designated as WWTPs.

Improvements to the Improvements tab

The Improvements tab is being enhanced to assist in taking the next step of determining and implementing improvements. Additional features will assist with prioritizing improvements, making it easier to take action, as well as complementing existing programs in the State. New tools will assist with planning and budgeting which buildings are best suited for action via audits, retro-commissioning or other improvements. It will assist owners in finding rebates, incentives and programs to help fund improvements. The Improvements tab will continue to track savings targets and be a repository for energy/water related documents.

EnergyCAP Integration

In partnership with EnergyCAP, we have developed a custom import to facilitate the transfer of data from EnergyCAP into B3 Benchmarking. The account and meter numbers in both systems need to match identically. Export your data out of EnergyCAP using their standard BL23A export then import it into Benchmarking via the Import Wizard. No need to copy the data into Benchmarking’s standard import format. Note this transfer does not include peak demand data.

Other New Feature Highlights

In addition to the great improvements and enhancements listed above, we’ve also recently added the following to B3 Benchmarking:

  • Building level metrics are now available on the benchmark, baseline and reports tabs for buildings with meters that serve multiple buildings. Warnings are displayed for any meters not connected to a building with the option of an override flag. Building navigation has been updated to streamline drilling down to building level metrics. To open the building editor, you can either click on the building name in the banner header or the dropdown arrow on the far right of a multi-building list.
  • Three renewable meter types now available: PV and wind have been separated, and thermal has been added.
  • Import wizard for meter readings now supports updates to existing readings in addition to new readings. For example, this will be helpful if you want to go back and enter demand or cost data for existing historical readings.
  • To streamline site decommissioning, a couple of clicks within the site editor will decommission all buildings and disconnect all meters (energy and water) with that site. A decommissioned building version will be created for each building using the site’s last meter reading date. Each meter will have a disconnection date equal to its last meter reading date. If necessary, decommissioned and disconnection dates can be edited in the building and meter editors, respectively.
  • Reports now provide fiscal year reporting for the many organizations that do not operate on the calendar year. The consumption summary table will align with the report options duration allowing for non-calendar year metrics. Export to Excel will prompt for a period when selecting Annual Consumption exports.

Optimize Your B3 Experience

This section provides hints, tips, and tricks of the trade to make the most of your B3 Benchmarking data. This issue looks at how the Pareto Principle (80-20 rule) applies to potential savings. By the numbers, it means that 80 percent of your outcomes come from 20 percent of your inputs. For those who manage large portfolios of buildings, such as colleges and universities, state and local governments or REITs, finding the 80/20 ratio is crucial to maximizing building energy performance. Focus on the 20% of buildings that have the greatest potential to save energy. Facility managers could spend time working on those problem buildings that can be improved significantly through recommissioning or energy audits and leave the other buildings that are outside the 20% for another day. Through our B3 Benchmarking platform we have consistently found that within a managed portfolio of buildings 70 to 80% of the savings can be found in only 20 to 30% of buildings. The full article identifying how to apply the Pareto Principle to maximize building energy performance will be posted in the next issue.

The Building People in the November RICS Property Journal : “Assets fit for the future”

Don’t miss Thassets-fit-for-future-rics-journale Building People’s Lawrence Melton and Charles Dilley feature article “Assets fit for the future,” published in the November Issue of RICS Property Journal where they introduce readers to the global challenges facing public-sector asset managers and the strategies they seek to adopt to address the future of the industry. Access the published article at RICS here.

The Building People’s International Research Featured in this Month’s RICS Property Journal

This month’s RICS Property Journal features The Building People’s international research in which we examine public sector asset management around the globe to identify common challenges and strategies to resolve some of the systemic issues across the sector. The complete research report, Public Sector Asset Management (PSAM): Roundtable Report, had participants from more than thirty countries responsible for trillions in real property assets.

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Part 2 of the Building Operating Management Magazine’s Green Building Report

Reassessing Run-to-Failure Mentality Will Help Address Maintenance Backlog

Part 2 of a 4-part Green Building Report.

 By Charles Dilley May 2016

Given the run-to-failure mentality and cuts in the Federal Buildings Fund, it’s no surprise that the federal maintenance backlog is large. According to the Government Accountability Office, the top five property-holding agencies have a maintenance backlog of more than $36 billion.  How can the increase in maintenance OPEX be addressed?

Read the entire article at Building Operating Management Magazine.

Part 1 of the Building Operating Management Magazine’s Green Building Report

Despite Energy Efficiency Gains, Federal Operating Costs Have Risen

Part 1 of a 4-part Green Building Report.

By Charles Dilley May 2016

For the past several years,  government agencies have reduced the size of the federal real property footprint, implemented sustainability programs, and increased utilization of their space to be more efficient. Campaigns champion property disposal, energy reduction, fewer leases, and tenant transfers into owned space. Driven by the public sector’s commitment to sustainability, these efforts hold out the hope of reducing costs across the portfolio. Yet operating costs have outpaced the industry. Why? It’s a complicated question given the size of the portfolio, but it is one that must be analyzed if facility management professionals are going to offer strategic solutions.

Read the rest here.

NFMT Austin, Texas – IoT and the Workplace: A Case Study

For those at NFMT Austin, TX, come join our CEO Lawrence Melton and a panel of GSA executives at 10AM CST as they investigate the impact of IoT on the workplace.

nfmtaustGSA’s Total Workplace initiative was established to help agencies make the most of their office space, in part via adoption of mobile, collaborative technologies and policies, such as wireless local area networks, cloud computing, virtual private networks, teleworking, and desk sharing and hoteling. The goal: Reduce the amount of real estate agencies need and, in turn, cut their office expenses and carbon footprints. How has the Internet of Things impacted the initiative? Attend this session for best practice examples from two executive change agents within GSA on how this transformation has worked well — and the challenges that lie ahead.

Learning Objectives:
1. Review GSA’s “IT Workplace of the Future” concept
2. Analyze a GSA High-Performance and Workplace case study
3. Discuss key findings from GSA leadership regarding future benefits and challenges to IT adoption and expansion

Start Time: 5/3/2016 10:00:00 AM CST
End Time: 5/3/2016 10:50:00 AM CST

Presented by:Lawrence A. Melton
CEO and President
The Building People

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Room Number: 9A

 

PRESS RELEASE: THE BUILDING PEOPLE, LLC AWARDED GSA 03FAC SCHEDULE

For Immediate Release

September, 22 2015

Leesburg, VA, September 22, 2015The Building People was recently awarded the GSA 03FAC Schedule, which means all federal customers can now purchase services directly from the schedule. The Building People’s CEO and founder, Lawrence Melton commented saying, “This is an exciting next step in the evolution of our business and will make it easier for us to continue to drive the Federal portfolio towards an innovative connected real estate model that will transform the industry.”at a glance

The Building People offer the following services under the GSA 03FAC schedule:

  • Building Commissioning Services (SIN 871-206)
  • Metering Services (SIN 871-204)
  • Energy Consulting Services (SIN 871-211)
  • Smart Buildings Systems Integrator (SIN 003-01)
  • Complete Facilities Management (811-003)
  • Facilities Maintenance and Management Consulting (811-006)

(NAICS: 236210-Industrial Building Construction, 236220-Commercial and Institutional Building Construction, 531312-Nonresidential Property Managers, 531390-Other Activities Related to Real Estate, 541330-Engineering Services, 541350-Building Inspection Services, 541512-Computer System Design Services, 541513-Computer Facilities Management Services, 541620-Environmental Consulting Services, 541690-Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services, 561210*-Facilities Support Services, 624229-Other Community Housing Services, 926110-Administration of General Economic Programs, 926130-Regulation and Administration of Communications, Electric, Gas, and Other Utilities)

The Building People is a corporate real estate and facilities management organization that prides itself on more than 20 years of executive leadership experience operating, maintaining, and providing service and space solutions for building owners and their customers. Their leadership team includes nationally recognized professionals in the real estate management, facilities, and technology sectors. Their mission is to maximize the workplace experience and reduce costs without sacrificing quality and reliability. They achieve this by empowering building owners and operators to propagate new norms and tenant behaviors toward organizational efficiency, energy sustainability, and savings opportunities.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Charles Dilley at (703) 669 2222 Ext. 706 or email at charles.dilley@thebuildingpeople.com.

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