IFMA News, Webinars, and Events — Jan/Feb 2020


Webinar | Finance + Resilience Initiative Part 1: Building the Financial Business Case for Resilience

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 I 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET Part 1 of this 2-week mini-series will highlight how commercial building owners can build the financial case for resilience, best practices for measuring financial risk, and strategies for managing insurance cost and business risk.
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Webinar | Better Buildings: Smart Energy Analytics

Thursday, April 23, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Commercial buildings are full of hidden energy savings potential, and facility managers and building owners are now reaping the cost-saving benefits of data analytics through the use of Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS).
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Webinar | Finance + Resilience Initiative Part 2: Building the Financial Business Case for Resilience

 Tuesday, April 28, 2020 I 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Part 2 of this 2-week mini-series will focus on different mechanisms for financing resilience projects, reporting frameworks for disclosing resilience performance, and pulling everything into a resilience risk management plan.
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Webinar | Get Smart (Labs): Results from the Smart Labs Accelerator

 Tuesday, May 12, 2020 I 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
This webinar will highlight best practices for developing a Smart Labs Program and feature results from partners who participated in the 3-year Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator.
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Webinar | Introduction to PropTech (Part 1)

Thursday January 23rd, 1:00 – 2:15 PM ET
This webinar is jointly hosted by IFMA’s ESUS and IT Communities and will cover an introduction to PropTech technology, MicroWeather, Blockchain, and BIM/Machine Vision.  Hosted by IFMA’s IT Community, Part 2 will be scheduled in February and will dive deeper into into the underlying PropTech technologies.
View Recording (must register to view)


ESUS in the FMJ

Appearing in the March/April 2020 FMJ

U.S. Department of Energy | Better Buildings Initiative – Smart Energy Analytics Campaign

As building energy and system-level monitoring becomes more common, facilities teams are faced with an overwhelming amount of data. These data do not typically lead to insights or corrective actions unless they are stored, organized, analyzed, and prioritized in automated ways. Buildings are full of energy savings potential that can be uncovered with the right analysis. With analytic software applied to everyday building operations, owners are using data to their advantage and realizing cost savings through improved energy management. The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign ( is a public–private-sector partnership program focused on supporting commercially available Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) and monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) practices for commercial buildings. With the release of the year-three report, the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign has found that study participants with energy information systems achieved a median energy savings of 4 percent ($0.04/sq ft) and participants with fault detection and diagnostic tools2 (FDD) achieved a median savings of 9 percent ($0.24/sq ft).

Interel | What FM can bring to deliver Europe’s New Green Deal
The new European Commission has put sustainability at the heart of its working programme for the next five years and intends to be a global leader on this key topic. The Commission has done so by coming forward with a European Green Deal with more concrete measures to come in the coming months in order to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. All sectors will have to contribute to the efforts of reducing emissions and being more circular, notably the built environment which has been identified as one of the largest polluters. Even more so, since innovation and latest technological developments will reshape the way of collaborating along the value chain and towards both an environmentally friendly and circular economy.


FMJ Editorial Calendar

The May-June theme is Planning & Project Management. We anticipate an article from The Greenlining Institute on Equitable Building Electrification and another article on Planning and Project Management for Energy Savings Systems.