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Breakout Sessions

Report on APPA’s Standards and Codes Council Strategy

The education facilities industry and university-affiliated medical research and health care delivery systems represent an economic footprint of approximately $250 billion of annual spend. APPA’s Standards Council (formerly the Code Advocacy Task Force) has been using this footprint to engage with suppliers in national and international standards development processes -- as well with direct corporate engagement-- to advocate for innovation in products and services that results in lower total owning cost. The accomplishments not only benefit the primary academic mission of our industry but have important consequences for infrastructure development in cities of the future.

1. Participants will gain an understanding how Standards Council advocacy since 2002 has resulted in over $10 billion of avoided cost so far and is set to double this by 2014.
2. Participants will gain an understanding how the ISO International Facility Management Standard 267 will find its way into facilities management practice in APPA member institutions throughout the world.
3. Participants will gain an understanding on the significance of the APPA becoming a standards developing organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute.

Michael Anthony, University of Michigan; Rich Robben, University of Michigan; John Bernhards, APPA