Organizations Can Cost-effectively Identify and Integrate Energy Conservation Measures into Facilities Capital Plans and Budgets

BOSTON—November 21, 2013—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced a new Facility Energy Assessment service to help facility, energy and sustainability managers cost-effectively integrate energy conservation measures into their facilities capital plans.

VFA’s Facility Energy Assessment service enables organizations to integrate energy investments into capital plans and budgets by capturing energy data alongside facilities condition data; using innovative energy modeling software to develop less expensive energy audits more quickly than traditional methods; identifying how energy is used in a building; quantifying energy conversation measures that have the most viable payback periods; and benchmarking against similar buildings with direct links to Energy Star.

The Facility Energy Assessment service delivers results that are consistent with ASHRAE Level 1 and 2 energy audits, while including the lifecycle analysis that is core to a robust facilities capital plan. VFA works with organizations to leverage the analytics – prioritization, what-if modeling, planning and forecasting – in its flagship facilities capital planning software, VFA.facility®, to drive actionable facilities programs.

“According to the International Energy Agency, buildings consume approximately 40 percent of the world’s primary energy,” said Jerry Kokos, president and CEO, VFA, Inc. “By integrating energy conservation measures into their facilities capital plans, organizations have a holistic view that enables them to balance competing priorities like deferred maintenance, capital renewal and energy savings potential when making informed capital investment decisions.”

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

In a galaxy far, far away, Governor Tarkin, commander of the Death Star, felt confident that his new space station/weapon of mass destruction was unstoppable. The facility was fully in line with the Empire’s objectives and he knew that even Darth Vader was pleased.

The Death Star was designed to destroy planets and repel the fiercest attacks with ease. Tarkin relied on his facility manager, an Imperial Stormtrooper, to ensure that all systems were functioning and the station was kept in peak condition. However, without a full facility condition assessment, this unfortunate but hardworking facility manager, who thought he was paving the way to a comfortable retirement, missed an area of risk: the exposed exhaust port.

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You may remember from “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” that Luke Skywalker successfully destroyed the Death Star with a well-placed proton torpedo through the exhaust port, killing Governor Tarkin and many of the Emperor’s forces. The facility manager, who was just trying to do his job, is still on the run from the Empire – even Jabba the Hutt refuses him asylum.

Make sure the Force and your facilities are on your side. Get the facility data you need and the analysis to identify and manage risk.

Here at VFA, we are excited to announce the release of our latest product which makes it easy for facility managers to align capital plans with strategic goals:   VFA FacilityView™.

VFA FacilityView unlocks the value of VFA.facility® data for key stakeholders, such as executives, building users and community members, and provides quick and secure access to important information about a real estate portfolio, delivered via a desktop or mobile tablet. VFA FacilityView is included as part of a VFA.facility® software subscription, allowing facility managers to easily extend the value of VFA.facility data across their organizations.

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With VFA FacilityView, users can:

  • Quickly Find Assets : Search for regions, campuses or assets by name or select groups of assets that match criteria.  Save searches for easy future reference.
  • View Multiple Levels of Detail:  See summary information about a group of assets, such as type, use, age, replacement value and condition, browse an asset list and map, or view details about an individual asset, including requirements by priority, category or system.
  • Configure Your Own View: Each user can choose summary content they wish to see, and configure its location on their summary view.

Access to this data provides insight into the overall condition of the portfolio, the areas of greatest need and the status of particular facilities which may be critical to stakeholders.

Also, VFA FacilityView can integrate data from other enterprise systems, such as work order management or financial systems.

The biggest news is that VFA FacilityView allows facility managers to more easily communicate with stakeholders, who can access a holistic view of the portfolio and get an understanding of investment needs and priorities. VFA FacilityView lets facility managers demonstrate the critical role that facilities play in support of organizational objectives.

Want to learn more? Download the VFA FacilityView Product Data Sheet or view the Product Page.

Facing a budget crunch, many facility managers are being challenged to focus on energy savings opportunities as part of an organizational goal to reduce costs. But where do you start? How do you cost-effectively get the necessary data to make good decisions and deal with this challenge?

Energy Audits Integration- Susan Buchanan

Join us for this complimentary webinar and discover how taking an informative energy audit can arm you with the information to analyze energy-savings projects alongside deferred maintenance as a part of your overall facilities capital planning program in support of your organization’s objectives.

Frequent industry speaker and LEED AP Susan Buchanan will discuss how energy modeling as a key data source can inform strategic facilities capital planning, solving a major challenge for facility managers.

Who Should Attend this Energy Audits Webinar?

Facility professionals responsible for:

  • Facility Management, Real Estate Property Management, Engineering
  • Sustainability, Energy Management
  • Capital Planning, Capital Budgeting

Date & Time

  • Thursday, November 21st
  • 2 pm EST | 1 pm CST | 11 am PST

REGISTER

VFA FacilityView™ Provides Easy Access to Holistic View of Organization’s Facility Information for Key Stakeholders

BOSTON—November 12, 2013—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced the release of VFA FacilityView™, a Web-based solution for quick and secure access to key information about an organization’s real estate portfolio.  An extension to its flagship facilities capital planning software, VFA.facility®, VFA FacilityView allows a wide range of business stakeholders beyond facility managers and capital planners to easily view information about the organization’s facility assets, their condition and their funding needs, regardless of in which system the data resides.

VFA.facility® includes a wealth of information about facility assets, from their location and condition to the renewal costs of their systems to their capital funding needs over time. While only specific roles may be directly involved in facility capital planning, access to current information about the real estate portfolio is valuable to a wide group of stakeholders, such as executives, department heads, risk managers, environmental and energy managers, building occupants and community members.

VFA FacilityView enables customers to extend the value of VFA.facility data to the stakeholders it chooses, providing a simple, intuitive interface accessible on a wide range of devices. It also enables integration of related information from other enterprise applications, such as work order management or financial systems, putting this data in a broader business context.

Delivered to a desktop, laptop or mobile tablet, VFA FacilityView lets users easily search for assets, view summary information about a group of assets, such as type, use, condition and replacement value, see their locations on a map, and view details about an individual asset, including capital requirements by priority, category or system.  Access to this data provides insight into the overall condition of the portfolio, the areas of greatest need and the status of particular facilities which may be critical to stakeholders.

“VFA is committed to providing our customers with innovative facilities capital planning software to help them evaluate their real estate portfolios,” said Jerry Kokos, president and CEO, VFA, Inc. “With VFA FacilityView, facility teams can easily connect their executives with facilities-related data in order to justify or enable strategic decisions; provide an understanding of investment needs and priorities to building users and community stakeholders; and demonstrate the critical role that facilities play in support of organizational objectives.”

VFA FacilityView is included as part of a subscription to VFA.facility. For more information, contact info@vfa.com or request a demo.

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

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Disclaimer: VFA does not own any Marvel characters or rights to them. (If we could, though, we’d want to own Captain America.)

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When Loki’s army attacked New York City, the Avengers saved the day. The same, sadly, could not be said for the buildings. In the wake of the alien invasion, most of Manhattan was leveled and it was up to one Tony Stark to rebuild it.

“Yeah, somehow Fury pinned me with the blame,” Iron Man operator Tony Stark tells VFA, “Saving New York from the Nuke apparently doesn’t save you from the clean-up. But after destroying my own convention, I’ve got the experience I need.”

Together with his faithful assistant Pepper Potts, the billionaire-playboy-philanthropist was able to rebuild New York City by late fall; just in time for the city to dress up in tinsel for the upcoming holiday season. $160 billion of damages were repaired in a little over seven months.

Of course, we would hardly expect less from a super hero. However, this alacrity isn’t just due to his penchant for building futuristic cyber-kinetic suits. Tony Stark had another trick up his sleeve: VFA.facility.

After the destruction Stark previously caused, he learned that the best way to recover from a disaster is to be prepared before it strikes.  With access to a centralized, Web-based repository of facility condition data, he was able to run a report showing all the systems and their condition. Knowing exactly what assets the City had, exactly what needed to be replaced, and how much it would cost, Stark accelerated the process by months.

Tony Stark streamlined the rebuild of Manhattan. You can be a super hero with your facilities capital planning, too.

VFA Canada Helps Federal Organizations Manage and Optimize Investments in Facilities

BOSTON—November 5, 2013—VFA Canada Corporation, the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it is featuring its flagship facilities capital planning software, VFA.facility®, at the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) National Workshop taking place November 5-7, 2013 in Ottawa. VFA is exhibiting in Booth 5.

VFA Canada works with federal organizations that manage large, dispersed facility portfolios to optimize their investments in their facilities while complying with federal real property asset management standards. Visitors to VFA’s booth can learn how VFA.facility enables federal organizations to both manage information about facility assets and leverage that information in the creation of capital projects, plans and budgets. VFA.facility provides a secure central source of facility data, and gives facility managers, capital planners, financial analysts and executives the tools they need to make optimal decisions about facility spending, capital investments and long-term capital planning.

To connect with VFA Canada, please follow us on Twitter at @VFACanada, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

As the leader in facilities capital planning and management solutions, VFA Canada will be exhibiting at the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) National Workshop from November 5th to November 7th in Ottawa, ON. RPIC’s theme this year is “Collaborative Solutions: Together is Better!” This theme will be showcased through their Facilities Capital Planning at RPICProfessional Development day as well as over 20 sessions delivered by industry experts during the Symposium. This is sure to be a great opportunity to learn about the latest trends in real property and facilities capital planning and to hear from thought leaders regarding how to act on these trends.

In Canada, VFA works with federal organizations that manage large, dispersed facility portfolios to optimize their investments in their facilities while complying with federal real property asset management standards. Visitors to VFA’s booth can learn how VFA.facility enables federal organizations to both manage information about facility assets and leverage that information in the creation of capital projects, plans and budgets. VFA.facility provides a secure central source of facility data, and gives facility managers, capital planners, financial analysts and executives the tools they need to make optimal decisions about facility spending, capital investments and long-term capital planning.

VFA Canada will be exhibiting at booth #5. We are also raffling off an Apple TV, so stop by the booth, learn something new, and enter to win the prize!

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