Introducing the ASTM facilities evaluation methodology
Editorial comment The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) methodology and tools provide a way both to define requirements, and to perform building performance evaluation in a structured, calibrated manner so that results can be compared at each phase of the BPE (see Chapters 1 and 2). This chapter explains how the ASTM/ANSI standards for whole building functionality and serviceability (ASTM standards) help decision-makers and stakeholders acquire information about their real estate assets to enable them to make suitable choices, adjudicate trade-offs, set priorities, and allocate budgets throughout the complete life cycle of such assets. The chapter describes the methodology and tools that have been standardized (ASTM, 2000), and includes an example to demonstrate how information captured in this manner can be linked to virtual building models and other information such as building condition and service life, space utilization, etc. The chapter concludes with a review of current trends, and points to the increasing need to break down traditional silos of information and to make connections throughout the different phases of the life cycle of a facility.