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David Doll, Representative for OSI Soft Facilities spoke last week at the NFMT Orlando Conference regarding seven deadly sins that facility owners and managers do to themselves every day delaying success to happen in their businesses.

David described bad behaviors that owners and managers perform such as, wrongful accounting, flying blind, ripping and replacing, and going into stealth mode. We are going to take a deeper look into these seven deadly sins and ways of conquering these bad behaviors to make sure your facility becomes and remains a success.

The Seven Deadly Sins in Your Facility

Here are the seven modes of thinking and acting to avoid on your way to success in your business.

  1. Sin of Wrong Accounting: Consider energy as a variable cost and include it within Cost of Goods Sold which will make energy consumption more visible.
  2. Sin of Fits-and-Starts: Be proactive rather reactive when it comes to fixing problems in your business; today’s facilities have the connected infrastructure to support cloud-based data management and analytics software for persistent and on-going building commissioning.
  3. Sin of Flying Blind: Use tools to reach insight specifically to your facility and collect accurate data about your environment and use that for analysis and decision making.
  4. Sin of Caveat Emptor: Analyze your building’s data before replacing or ripping out equipment that could still be operational. Such tools as an EAM/CMMS can determine the life-span of an asset to accurately judge the years left on a particular system.
  5. Sin of Narrow Scope: Equipment connected to the BAS typically represents less than 50% of the energy consumed in a building, so by limiting your attention to BAS data you are ignoring more than half of your energy costs. A better strategy is to create a data architecture that will let you connect to equipment and data sources beyond the building control systems.
  6. Sin of Stealth Mode: Facility owners can falter when they attempt to perform energy management without involving all stakeholders; getting all departments involved early to ensure all proposed solutions will meet corporate data security and service contract requirements.
  7. Sin of Short-Term Thinking: Avoid specific purpose technologies that might deliver short-term solutions but create larger problems down the road. Look for a solution that integrates with all systems in your building and can adapt to new implementations.

The presenter emphasized the important of creating a plan for your energy management goals and consider your plan years down the road and the technology to maintain these changes.

How an EAM/CMMS Can Help with Energy Saving Costs

Through the implementation of an EAM/CMMS, your staff could accurately track the lifespan of each asset determining which assets are best to retire and which could be saved. This goes back to the Sin of Caveat Emptor, just because a manufacturer puts a said date on the asset doesn’t mean that it is always accurate; An EAM/CMMS tracks the likely hood of retirement, replacement, and allows your team to game plan on its next course of action.

An EAM/CMMS takes the guessing work out for your facility managers and allows for your staff to be out in the field more often, monitoring assets remotely, and getting information into your systems quicker causing a long term ROI for your business.