Smart energy management is the focus of this event. Topics like HVAC, lighting efficiency, alternative energy and plant and facilities management will dominate the conversation. You can attend a seminar discussing energy auditing, or talk shop with other professionals at one of the networking receptions. Various energy companies, presenting 20-minute workshops throughout the conference, will also be on hand to educate on everything from sunlighting to energy procurement strategy.
The three-day conference and expo, presented by IFMA, offers something for everyone, from the beginner to the advanced professional. Education sessions range from the 100 level to the 300 level. The broad range of topics means you’ll learn things you can apply to your own facility, whether it’s an office building, retail facility or hospital. Each day also features one power speaker—the opening talk, given by author Rex Miller, will cover strategies for maximizing office space to enhance office culture.
Any element of design you want to know about will most likely be covered here. From the proper use of revolving doors to the latest in elevator technology, the convention covers the various parts that make up the whole of a building. The amount of material covered is almost overwhelming. If you aren’t sure where to start, however, a good first step might be to register for Thursday’s keynote speech by former president Bill Clinton.
Commercial real estate professionals gather at this BOMA event every year to learn about asset management, building management, tenant relations and retention, and leadership and career development. The event will offer learning labs, a technology pavilion and a green pavilion. Education sessions planned include “The Secrets They Won’t Tell You: What Makes Top Owners and Managers Successful?” and “In Search of Hidden Treasure: Finding Funds for Building Upgrades.”
If you can’t make IFMA’s Facility Fusion event in April, consider attending World Workplace in October. The three-day session includes an expo floor and education sessions. Though the official event starts on Oct. 7, facility tours and additional education sessions will be offered on Oct. 6. Details are still forthcoming, so be sure to check the website for more details on education sessions and speakers.
No matter which of these events you choose, you’ll be making a smart investment in your career by polishing your FM skills. Which events have you enjoyed attending in the past? What made them so useful?
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