Benchmarking Subject of Free Guide for Facility-Management Pros

Feb. 17, 2014
The guide explains what benchmarking is, how it works, and how best to utilize it for specific needs.

Free guidance intended to help facility-management (FM) professionals make informed decisions and achieve goals related to benchmarking is available from the IFMA (International Facility Management Association) Foundation.

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Written by Peter S. Kimmel, AIA, IFMA Fellow, principal of FM BENCHMARKING, and reviewed and edited by a team of subject-matter experts, “Benchmarking for Facility Professionals” is available at

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“While the concept is familiar to most facilities professionals—loosely, ‘a way to compare one’s metrics to those of others’—the details of what comprises benchmarking have held different meanings by FMs, and all meanings are correct,” Kimmel said. “... When applied properly, benchmarking not only will show a facility professional how well a building is doing compared to others, but also how to improve that building’s performance, including reducing operating costs.”

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The guide explains what benchmarking is, how it works, and how best to utilize it for specific needs. Included is discussion of multiple approaches to benchmarking and how benchmarking can be implemented in manageable phases. The guide identifies trackable metrics, provides examples of reports, and explains how the reports can be filtered to provide apples-to-apples comparisons.

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Scott Arnold | Executive Editor

Described by a colleague as "a cyborg ... requir(ing) virtually no sleep, no time off, and bland nourishment that can be consumed while at his desk" who was sent "back from the future not to terminate anyone, but with the prime directive 'to edit dry technical copy' in order to save the world at a later date," Scott Arnold joined the editorial staff of HPAC Engineering in 1999. Prior to that, he worked as an editor for daily newspapers and a specialty-publications company. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Kent State University.