Date: September 12-13, 2012
Location: Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia
This event is free for VFA customers

Share insights with other VFA customers, talk to peers, and learn how to obtain the greatest value from your facilities capital planning and management system at our annual User Forum in Victoria, BC.

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM Pacific/2:00 PM Eastern
Length: 45 minutes
Fees: This webinar is complimentary
Location: Available Online Using WebEx

There are various types of risk faced by today’s facility managers including: life and safety, compliance, organizational reputation, security, environmental and disasters, and the potential financial impact these risks can have on an organization can be immense.

Facility Managers should be able to answer key questions regarding such risks:

  • Where is the greatest risk within my facilities – today and in the future?
  • What can I do to reduce that risk?
  • How do I prioritize projects given my limited capital dollars?

During this exclusive live webinar, we’ll discuss how to identify areas of risk within your corporate facilities, methods for quantifying risk and how to prioritize capital projects that will reduce risk.

You’ll also learn how to:

  • Compare relative strengths and weaknesses of individual buildings
  • Capture and repair mission-critical risks prior to failure
  • Develop a process for prioritization so that facility risks are addressed during planning and budgeting

By Ray Dufresne, Vice President, VFA, Inc.

A hot topic at the recent VFA Connections conference was the importance of facility condition assessments to reduce risk. Attendees discussed how to identify which facilities and systems are at risk, and how those risks can impact the safety, operations, production, business continuity, and reputation of an organization.

Another informative session examined how to implement a project prioritization process that allows facility managers to make the case for decisions based on an objective, technical perspective instead of opinions or emotional reactions. This process enables standardization and transparency, which are increasingly important in today’s environment.

Attendees also talked about strategies to ensure that data is relevant and accurate for decision-making, specifically the value of combining facility condition data with other types of data, such as educational adequacy, to meet certain reporting and decision support needs.

What are your drivers for facilities capital planning today?

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Time:  7:30 am – 11:00 am
Fees: Complimentary (breakfast will be served)
Location: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

The deadline of Executive Order 13514 for meeting the Guiding Principles for HPSB is fast approaching. How do you plan to meet this mandate?

In this seminar, Michael Myers, sustainability and energy expert, and CEO of Myers Verde Company, will take an in-depth look at the Guiding Principles requirements and the HPSB Guiding Principles for Existing Buildings. He’ll review the Guiding Principles Checklist benefits, reporting options, intent, and recommended evidence of compliance.

Success hinges on the ability to evaluate and prioritize sustainability investments to achieve the greatest impact, all within the context of overall agency missions. We will discuss the strategies federal agencies have implemented and the lessons they’ve learned in meeting these mandates.

You will learn:

  • The specific requirements of the HPSB Guiding Principles for Existing Buildings.
  • The basic steps to use EPA’S Portfolio Manager and the Federal HPSB Checklist embedded within Portfolio Manager to track progress and document compliance.
  • The strategies and solutions other federal agencies are using to comply with the HPSB performance requirements.
  • Strategies to effectively define and track key performance metrics, including prioritization and ranking options.

Michael Myers, CEO, Myers Verde Company
Susan Buchanan, LEED AP – Project Director, VFA, Inc.

Dates: July 17 – July 18, 2012
Expo Open: Tuesday, July 17 10:30am – 1:30pm, Wednesday July 18 10:30am – 1:30pm
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver, Colorado

Come visit us at Booth #216!

Dates: July 16 – 17, 2012
Exhibit Hall Open: Monday, July 16 10:45am – 1:45pm and 4:30pm – 6:00pm, Tuesday, July 17 10:45am – 1:45pm
America’s Center, 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO

Come visit us at Booth #728!

Dates: June 3 – June 5, 2012
Expo Open: Sunday, June 03, 2012 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Monday, June 04, 2012 7:30am – 5:30pm, Tuesday, June 05,2012 7:30am – 1:15pm
Sheraton Nashville Downtown, Nashville, TN

Come visit us at Booth #18!

Dates: June 1 – 2, 2012
Expo Open: Friday, June 1, 2012 7:00am – 4:00pm , Saturday, June 2, 2012 7:00am – 2:00pm
TCU Place – Saskatoon’s Arts & Convention Centre, 35 22nd Street East, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 0C8

Come visit us at Booth #150!

Dates: May 23 – 24, 2012
Expo Open: Wednesday, May 23 10:00am – 6:30pm, Thursday, May 24 8:00am – 2:00pm
America’s Center, 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO

Come visit us at Booth #1516!

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