The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) recently launched Benchmarks Exchange (BEX), a Website housing comparative building data.

With BEX, IFMA members and nonmembers alike can select a survey to participate in, enter their facility data, and, once a required number of surveys have been entered, download customized reports based on their specific needs.

BEX will house data related to cost per area, operations and maintenance, staffing, space per person, office standards, and churn rate.

“As a nonprofit professional association, IFMA has for many years offered objective and independent benchmarking information benefiting both the FM (facility-management) professional and FM industry,” Tony Keane, CAE, president and chief executive officer of IFMA, said. “BEX is a tool that provides us with a much stronger global data-collection process that will enhance the results and value our members and the profession receive. It gives facility professionals access to best-practice information they can put to use in their facilities immediately to achieve their energy-efficiency and cost-savings goals.”

BEX will allow facility professionals to:

• Filter data by industry, facility type, region, and more.

• Enter building data in standard or metric units and in any currency.

• Submit data for multiple buildings and in multiple sessions, if necessary.

• Update data as needed.

• Calculate data in common metrics, such as space per person.

• Get access to real-time benchmarking results.

• Earn Certified Facility Manager maintenance points.

All information entered into BEX will be stored securely online; the identities of individuals submitting data will not be revealed. All participants will have free and unlimited access to survey results, while nonparticipants may purchase an annual subscription to the results.

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