As a special addition to next month's issue, I am working with the ES staff to create the "Web-Based Facilities Operations Guide" as a pullout supplement. I feel that this guide has the potential of being a catalyst in the current natural evolution to Web-based operation of your facilities. I hope that the guide will provide an industry focal point opening dialog and demonstrate strong examples with feedback of what can be practically achieved with Web-based facilities operation.
The Web-based presentation of dynamic building information allows not only operators to operate from anywhere with full functionality, it allows interaction of contractors, equipment suppliers, and consultants to provide valuable feedback and feed-forward information to the building operating equation. Upper management can also participate by having browser-based bottom line screens that provide the dynamic proof of the success or failure of excellent building performance.