Does biix save money?

We’ve discovered that most people want biix because it’s fast and super convenient. They rarely ask whether it has an ROI. Like many mobile devices and software tools, biix just makes sense.

But just in case you were wondering… yes, there is a business case for biix.

Case Study 1: Time saved on work orders

In a survey of world-wide facility managers, The University of New Mexico asked, “How accessible is your information?”

Also asked, “If you could have the information you needed within five (5) minutes, how much time would that save per Work Order”?

The answer was 2–4 hours.

That’s 2–4 hours, per work order.

Sandia National Labs

A similar question to facility managers at Sandia National Labs yielded similar results.

With 24,000 work orders per year, and calculating burdened labor rates at a highly conservative $100/hour, we crunched some numbers. biix saves money.

Case Study 2: EPA Headquarters, Washington DC

In 2004, I led a commissioning team performing a commissioning Operations & Maintenance (O&M) assessment of EPA’s two million square foot headquarters.

We deployed 6 team members. It took us over three weeks of on-site full-time work to find the documents and information that we needed just to start our project. That lost time resulted in a change order in excess of $100,000. If we’d had biix at our fingertips, the change order may never have happened.


The next big change in buildings will come from the inside

When we attended the 2014 Buildings Get a Brain summit in San Francisco, a comment by Johnson Controls got our attention:

The industry still lacks the one element that will tie everything together… the lack of communication, across the building ecosystem — that is, an inadequate dialogue between architects, building operators, and others — is stifling the adoption of building efficiency practices. The ability to collaborate in human terms will determine the success of the building efficiency movement, and presents one of the largest untapped opportunities within the sector.”
From ‘Buildings Get a Brain’ Summit ­‐ April, 2014 White Paper for Cleantech Group — by Johnson Controls, Jones Lang Lasalle, Navitas Capital

We continue to be convinced that the one thing that ties everything together is information. It’s not some magic IT network. It’s information.

What’s more stifling — in human terms — and in terms of communication and efficiency than an inability to immediately access information?