Research Facilities

The research facilities benchmarking group is designed specifically for those who manage research properties.

Who we are…

This group primarily represents those who manage research facilities. Government, corporate, and academic organizations are all welcome to participate. Using a common set 2013-07-31 13.43.34of definitions, we have been benchmarking facility performance for many years. This will be the 14th year that Facility Issues has managed the benchmarking process for the group.

How we design and conduct the research benchmarking survey…

A steering committee comprising facility managers develops the benchmarking topics and definitions each year.

How we share the research benchmarking survey results…

Results are summarized in a report and presented at an annual Best Practices Conference.

What we measure…

We measure costs for utilities, building operations, janitorial services, building and grounds maintenance, building security, facility chargeback, and more.  Along with these costs, the topics listed below account for about 60–75 percent of the questions.

  • Space utilization
  • Ratios of number of workers
  • Outsourcing
  • Sustainability measures
  • Costs for:
    • Janitorial
    • Maintenance
    • Security
    • Utilities
    • Environmental Health and Safety
    • Chemical Services
    • Offsite waste and recycling
  • Best practices in:
    • maintenance
    • janitorial
    • utilitiesScreen Shot 2016-01-05 at 1.57.56 PM
  • Organizational structure
    • Mission and vision statements
    • Sharing experiences

A typical graph of electrical consumption per gross area is shown. Each participating institution is shown with a vertical bar. The various color shadings represent the quartiles and the horizontal red line is the median for the group.