You want your facility management to be conducted smartly—efficiently and effectively. And, you realize that anticipating needs and controlling situations in advance (being proactive) is indeed more efficient and effective than reacting and having a need or a situation manage you. That’s where smart buildings can make great sense. As Frank Abagnale, author and consultant said, “You have to think a little smarter, be proactive, not reactive.”

Why is Proactive Facility Management Better Than Reactive?

Proactive facility management is smart management, involving foresight and planning. It can:

  • Drive down both short and long-term costs.
  • Enable predictive maintenance, so that repairs are made before they are needed, thus preventing operating downtime, unproductive interruptions or safety problems.
  • Improve productivity, enabling a bigger picture focus on the business.
  • Reduce stress.

Smart buildings Facilitate Proactive Facility Management

They offer these benefits:

  • Technology and equipment that provide data leading to more optimal control of the facility. Additionally, managers have the tools to perform their jobs better.
  • Integrated systems that allow functional components to work better together.
  • Remote access, allowing facility managers and owners full-time access to monitor building use and improve productivity.
  • The means to reduce energy costs.

Smart buildings can include these aspects for optimized operation and improved efficiency:

  • Optimized cooling and ventilating equipment.
  • Improved matching of energy use to occupancy.
  • Proactive maintenance of equipment
  • Dynamic power consumption, lowering energy costs and potentially generating revenue by selling load reductions back to the energy grid.

Smart Buildings Enable Proactive Facility Management

Think of smart buildings as the means to connect people and technology to better run a facility. Facility managers can more effectively perform their job by providing improved human comfort, better safety, cheaper power, and even greener buildings: They can:

  • Provide predictive and prescriptive analytics which can create a preventative maintenance program that eliminates politics from decision making by defining the choice variables, identifying costs and outlining the best cost approaches.
  • Create automated work orders to reduce any disruptions.
  • Offer smart systems to reduce HVAC runtime, reduce costs and ensure optimum operating efficiency.
  • Deploy automated fire alarms and response systems to alert management and occupants when an issue occurs, thus preventing fire and safety problems from becoming more serious emergencies.
  • Better plan for maintenance and repairs to improve operating productivity.

Why Smart Buildings are Smart Business

  • A smart building can communicate via sensors and systems, providing better planning and more effective reaction to needs.
  • A smart building can plan utilizing analytics and modeling to forecast future needs and conditions and anticipate demands and responses in order to execute actions based on your company’s pre-determined business processes.
  • A smart building can react, for example when a critical HVAC unit goes down or an electricity price spike occurs, your systems can automatically adjust.
  • A smart building helps save energy and is more environmentally friendly.

Get Expert Maintenance Service

You need expert facility maintenance service that is both proactive and effective to operate and protect your physical assets. Get smart and expert assistance with your smart building to optimize your operating results. Contact facility management professionals to give you the advice and facility expertise that you need. Reach out to experts serving the greater St. Louis area and providing national service.