Vice President, Sustainability Services Susan Buchanan to Discuss New Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Protocols for a Sustainable Building
BOSTON—October 1, 2013—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be presenting at the International Facility Management Associate (IFMA) World Workplace, October 2-4, 2013 in Philadelphia. VFA will also be exhibiting in Booth 1236 and featuring VFA.auditor®, its facility self-assessment solution, and VFA.facility®, its facility capital planning and management software.
Susan Buchanan, LEED-AP and vice president, sustainability services, VFA, will discuss “How Sustainable is Your Building? New Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Protocols” on Friday, October 4, at 10:30 a.m. While the triple bottom line provides a potential framework for maintaining and operating existing buildings, its practical application can remain elusive. The scale ultimately tips toward the economics of payback and return on investment, as opposed to a truly balanced system.
Attendees will be introduced to a systems approach to analyzing a building’s purpose, function and impact on an organization’s mission, operations and the environment. A systems analysis considers the functions, inputs, outputs and connections within and between systems, with the goal of identifying opportunities for a more sustainable presence and role in the built environment. The introduction of decision-making and problem-solving protocols based on Permaculture principles and the observation of patterns in nature will illuminate a new perspective of understanding sustainable and regenerative human landscapes.