VFA Client Berkeley Lab Wins IFMA Sustainability Award

October 31, 2012

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Facilities Division Honored for Sustainable Design and Energy Efficient Projects

BOSTON—October 31, 2012—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced that client Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Facilities Division has been named a winner of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Sheila Sheridan Award for Sustainable Design and Energy Efficient Projects. Berkeley Lab will receive the award at IFMA World Workplace, October 31 to November 2, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.

The award recognizes the Facilities Division’s total program approach to institutional sustainability, including new building construction, sustainable operations and maintenance practices, collaboration with the surrounding communities, and active involvement in educating similar national labs.

Berkeley Lab, a leading research center for environmental studies, nanoscience, quantitative biology, physics and nuclear energy, consists of 107 buildings across 203 acres. Such a large and complex facility calls for a multifaceted approach to green building practices. Berkeley Lab has taken a systematic look at its buildings in order to comply with government sustainability mandates, including Executive Order 13423 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

To efficiently and critically evaluate the sustainability of existing buildings and to identify cost-effective measures to meet the requirements of the mandates, Berkeley Lab combined standard facility condition assessments with comprehensive green building assessments in partnership with VFA.

A comprehensive integrated facilities assessment, analysis, planning, work execution and reporting system was developed to ensure that maintenance investments are spent wisely in support of the scientific mission and planned with sustainability and resource conservation as priorities. The Department of Energy has recognized Berkeley Lab for developing a best-practice integrated facilities management solution.

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