About This Program
This benchmarking group was originally created by the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now Canadian Museum of History) in 2001 and is designed for those who manage museum and cultural institution facilities.
The survey is endorsed by IAMFA, the International Association of Museum Facility Administrators.
Who are the Participants?
All progressive museums and cultural institutions across the globe are welcome to participate in this benchmarking program. Over 130 institutions from nine countries have participated since the group started.
The following leading organizations have participated for most of the program’s 20 years:
- The J. Paul Getty Museum
- The National Gallery of Art
- The National Gallery of Victoria
- The National Museums of Canada (multiple museums)
- The Smithsonian Institution (multiple museums)
What Is Included in the Cultural Institution
Facility Benchmarking Program?
An example graph of energy use intensity is shown. Each participating institution is shown with a vertical bar. The various color shadings represent the quartiles and the horizontal black line is the median for the group.
The cultural institution facility benchmarking report compares a range of facility metrics – data categories include:
- Operating costs (all types)
- Energy use (all types)
- Sustainability metrics
- Asset condition (FCI)
- Practices & Technology
- and more.
One part of the benchmarking program is about the data: getting started, entry, compile, and reporting.
Another part of the program includes meetings to network, shared practices, provide feedback and discussion results.
Cultural Facility Benchmarking Options
Cultural Facility Benchmarking ProgramOur traditional benchmarking program for organizations with cultural facilities. Our traditional IAMFA Benchmarking program has been ongoing since 2001. Participants have typically included cultural facilities with more than 50,000 gross square…
Cultural Facility Benchmarking – Small Institution ProgramWe understand that some cultural institutions have limited staff (and data) but can still benefit from facility benchmarking to improve how they manage their facilities. This DIY program is for small…
Cultural Facility Benchmarking Program – D4UFor organizations that want Facility Issues to work hands-on with you/your team to prepare your data and provide enhanced support as an extension of your staff. The “Done-4-U” program includes all…
Cultural Institutions – Annual WorkshopBenchmarking Participants can begin the annual IAMFA conference by the attending the Benchmarking Practices and Learning Workshop immediately prior to the regular meeting Sunday, October 23, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to…
Energy Use Intensity (EUI) BenchmarkingEUI Benchmarking for Cultural Institutions Facility Issues provides free Energy Use Intensity benchmarking for any cultural institution that wishes to participate. This is an easy and anonymous program for cultural facilities…
Energy Star Benchmarking Assistance/SupportWe can help you get setup and participate in the Energy Star benchmarking program. We will help organize your meter data, fill out the Energy Star templates and provide you…
Metric Support for Cultural InstitutionsMany cultural facility managers are stretched thin with managing daily operations, facility projects, and special activities. This makes it difficult for them to find the time to assemble data and…
Cultural Facility Program SponsorshipThe Cultural Facility Benchmarking Program includes FM administrators of leading museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. Being a sponsor helps support the viability of this facility benchmarking program, and puts…
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