The Smart Buildings strategy is an industry-leading plan for new buildings and cost-effective retrofits to improve their performance efficiencies in budget-constrained climates. The U.S General Services Administration (GSA)’s Public Building Service (PBS), a civilian federal government’s landlord, is implementing the Smart Buildings strategy to its portfolio of 1,500 federally owned buildings across the United States. Through the strategy, the GSA’S PBS is committed to creating more sustainable, productive workspaces for 1.1 million federal workers housed in the GSA space.
To implement the strategy, the GSA’s PBS has created a framework and new approach for building controls systems to allow GSA-built and managed buildings to better connect building, technology and human behavior.
The GSA wants its new smart buildings strategy to allow its federal buildings to run more efficiently, provide comfortable workspaces for employees, improve building energy and operational efficiency, and deliver more sustainable and cost-efficient operations.
Through the ‘Fast 50’ initiative, the smart buildings technology is being implemented in 50 of the most energy-intensive buildings under the Facilities Management and Program Services at the U.S General Services Administration.
This ‘Fast 50’ initiative will connect buildings’ systems and gather information on how buildings are operating into a centralized, real-time database. The centralized database will assist Property managers and facilities’ staffs in utilizing information to make crucial decisions on how to increase efficiencies within a building facility while reducing operating costs and meeting the GSA’s sustainability goals.
A dashboard posted in the building’s public spaces will help its tenants accurately keep track of how the building is operating, including energy consumption during daily facility operations.
The GSA hopes the database system will serve as a reliable catalyst for changing behavior and encourage tenants to conserve energy. For example, energy conservation can be accomplished by simply turning off lights and computers when not in use. This will establish improved intimacy between building managers and tenants because tenants will be empowered by the real-time and predictive information the dashboard will provide about the building.
This new approach will lock in savings in the long haul by increasing existing asset utilization and reducing the actual cost structure of operating facility buildings.
If your federal facility needs real-time and predictive information dashboard to improve building energy and operational efficiency of your facility, Crockett Facilities Services is here to make your Federal Building a Smart Building today. Learn about our Facility Management Services by clicking here.
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Crockett Facilities Services, Inc. (CFSI), a woman-owned, MDOT MBE contractor, delivers building operations and maintenance, mechanical contracting, heating and air conditioning services to commercial and government clients. CFSI’s Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) STAR and GreenSTAR certified technicians maximize operational efficiency and ensure continuous systems operations, helping building owners and property managers control capital expenditures and reduce energy consumption. CFSI President Cynthia Crockett recently received the 2012 Minority Business Leader Award from the Washington Business Journal and was named a Smart100 member by Baltimore SmartCEO magazine in 2011. Listed as a top 10 mechanical contractor in the Washington Business Journal and certified by WBENC and MD/DC MSDC, CFSI’s awards include the Blue Ribbon, Small Business Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Contractor of the Year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service.
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