Sustainability Tools and Resources


The Chapter/Council Leaders page is now live!
Download tools and resources including: handouts, posters, FAQ and helpful hints, PPT template and website badge.

IFMA has launched a six-month energy challenge for North American chapter and council members. The challenge encourages members to use the online ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to benchmark their building's energy performance against similar facilities and share that data with IFMA. Chapters are competing for having the most participants; and councils are competing for the most ratable and unique/non-ratable buildings. Winners will be announced at IFMA Facility Fusion, April 11-13, 2012, in Chicago,Ill.

  • Think your building can't be benchmarked? That's even more reason to join your peers through sharing data through IFMA's Master Account!
  • Why share your data with IFMA? Better benchmarking data. By sharing data with your IFMA peers, we can compare similar facilities with one another by building type, state, region, etc… and you can see the results. We have also developed resources and tools specifically tailored to meet the needs of our members and challenge to help you to reduce the energy use of your building by 15% from the baseline data entered.
  • It only takes 5 steps and 5 minutesget started today!
  • What will the winning chapters and councils receive? Bragging rights! Each winning chapter and council will receive one complimentary registration to World Workplace 2012 inSan Antonio. This registration will cover conference registration only. Winning chapter and councils will also receive a web banner to post to their IFMA website.

Here are the 5 steps to follow to share your information with IFMA:
Step 1:
Visit and log in.
In the My Portfolio screen, click “Share Facilities.”
Select a Portfolio Manager Master Account: IFMA-IFMA_Master.
Click “Add and Modify” at the bottom of the screen.
Step 2: Set Access Rights to “Read Only.”
Select “No” for ALL Optional Rights.
Step 3: Select the appropriate IFMA Group to share into.
DO NOT share with “Main Portfolio.”
Step 4: Select the facilities in your Portfolio Manager account you will be sharing with the specific IFMA Master Account Group.
Step 5: Confirm your choices then select “Save.”

Online Resources - Share information about the Challenge with your chapter and council members including handout, poster, FAQ and helpful hints, PPT template,  resources list, fast facts  starter kit (which includes data collection worksheet, reference guide and training video), and an IFMA’s ENERGY STAR website badge.

*January 2012 Sustainability Tools and Resources

  • This white paper from Google walks through how the company redesigned five of its smaller data centers to improve energy efficiency.

Do you know of a tool or resource that might benefit other members? If so, please share it.


  • The International Sustainability Alliance, the global network of real estate organizations, has launched its 2011 Benchmarking Report.  The report features three critical ISA key performance indicators (KPIs) that measure the intensity of energy, water and CO2 emissions by floor area.
    • IFMA partnered with Johnson Controls Inc. for the fifth annual Energy Efficiency Indicator report study in order to learn more about energy consumption and plans for improvement.
  • Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings list which analyzes the biggest companies and what they are doing to save the planet has been released.


Download the companion piece, IFMA Foundation’s Sustainability How-to Guide – Water Conservation  Part 1    Part 2

·         Finding comparative building data just got easier. IFMA has released an online survey management system entitled BEX. BEX helps you participate in IFMA surveys and participants have free and unlimited access to specific survey benchmarking data. Once enough data is collected to build a report, you can: Access survey data to compare hundreds of building reports to your facility’s data, filter benchmark data specific to your needs—sort by industry, facility type, geographic region, facility size and more.