VFA to Present on Sustainable Building at IFMA World Workplace

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Vice President, Sustainability Services Susan Buchanan to Discuss New Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Protocols for a Sustainable Building

VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be presenting at the International Facility Management Associate (IFMA) World Workplace, October 2-4, 2013 in Philadelphia. VFA will also be exhibiting in Booth 1236 and featuring VFA.auditor®, its facility self-assessment solution, and VFA.facility®, its facility capital planning and management software.

Susan Buchanan, LEED-AP and vice president, sustainability services, VFA, will discuss “How Sustainable is Your Building? New Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Protocols” on Friday, October 4, at 10:30 a.m. While the triple bottom line provides a potential framework for maintaining and operating existing buildings, its practical application can remain elusive. The scale ultimately tips toward the economics of payback and return on investment, as opposed to a truly balanced system.

Attendees will be introduced to a systems approach to analyzing a building’s purpose, function and impact on an organization’s mission, operations and the environment. A systems analysis considers the functions, inputs, outputs and connections within and between systems, with the goal of identifying opportunities for a more sustainable presence and role in the built environment. The introduction of decision-making and problem-solving protocols based on Permaculture principles and the observation of patterns in nature will illuminate a new perspective of understanding sustainable and regenerative human landscapes.

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.

About VFA
Headquartered in Boston, VFA is the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and sustainability. VFA solutions uniquely combine facility assessment services, web-based software and business consulting services to enable customers to manage every stage of the capital asset lifecycle—from requirements gathering and long-term planning to capital budget creation and spend management. More than 650 organizations in corporate, education, government and healthcare markets have relied on VFA solutions to strategically manage their capital assets. VFA’s flagship software product, VFA.facility®, is currently used to manage more than 4 billion square feet of real estate. For more information, please call 800-693-3132 or visit http://www.vfa.com.


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