Posted on 06/06/2016

Constantly shifting building standards are always of concern in the construction world. Earlier this year ASTM International published a new standard to help identify and classify building systems, components, sub-components and their attributes. The new standard (E3035, Classification for Facility Asset Component Tracking System (FACTS)) will optimize how assets and their associated functions and attributes are identified, tracked and used in modern buildings. These new standards are of particular import to those using, or looking to use, a maintenance management or other type of computerized system.

The standard encompasses the following: building information modeling (BIM), smart buildings, computerized maintenance management (CMMS), facility asset management processes and project controls systems.

“The new standard drills deep enough to align the product, building system, attributes and life cycle to meet the varying needs of new technologies,” says ASTM member William H. Hunt, chief estimator, Office of Project Delivery, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration. According to Hunt, E3035 will lead to more effective overall management of each asset in a facility. The standard links functions, attributes, activities and personnel throughout the asset’s life cycle, from initial planning through construction, operations, maintenance, repair, modernization and disposal. 

“Without the use of the FACTS standard, a pump could only be classified as a pump,” says Hunt. “Life cycle, required secondary functionality and attributes could not be captured, and that lack of data leads to higher costs. A pump that serves a fire protection system should receive more frequent maintenance and a higher priority than a pump serving a hot water system.”

“In summary,” says Hunt, “when you have properly classified data, you have the FACTS necessary to provide better stewardship of the total cost of ownership of the built environment.” 

ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. Today, over 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence. ASTM International standards are the tools of customer satisfaction and competiveness for companies across a wide range of markets.

The American Society for Testing and Materials was formed in 1898, founded by Charles B. Dudley, Ph.D., a chemist with the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 2001, they changed their name to ASTM International. ASTM’s world headquarters are located in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, with offices in Belgium, Canada, China, Peru and Washington, D.C.

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