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ACEF provides multiple trainings in various locations throughout the year. Our experts present relevant information on many educational facilities topics.  You can request a training on a particular topic to be hosted in your area by filling out our training request survey.

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ACEF Block Bullet Interactive Floor Planning (IFP)

Presented By: Mr. Chad Bauer & Mr. Jim Barrentine on behalf of ACEF

at Tarleton State University

Stephenville, TX
September 26, 2011

In an effort to improve the safety of public schools and educational institutions in the United States, school officials must have critical facilities information readily accessible.  Interactive Floor Planning (IFP) can assist school officials in organizing the needed facilities information.  During this session, presenters pull from personal experience to share a model to create locally created IFPs.  During the session presenters will relate how locally created IFPs can assist school officials in creating cost/benefit assessments and be incorporated with Incident Command System (ICS) protocols.  In addition, the session will show how IFPs can be utilized as within the Automated Critical Asset Management System (ACAMS) and for Vulnerability Assessments in educational institutions.  The session will be interactive and immediately applicable to schools officials.  Through the tools provided during this session, participants can immediately begin creating a local IFP.

Mr. Barrentine giving his half of the presentation on IFP Mr. Barrentine giving his half of the presentation on IFP Dr. Dorris visiting with training attendees

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Vulnerability Assessment Worksheet
ETRA Questionnaire

ACEF Block Bullet The Cost-Benefit Analysis of Sustainable Building

Presented By: Mr. Greg Kats on behalf of ACEF

at the 88th Annual CEFPI Conference

Nashville, TN
September 14, 2011

Studying the costs and benefits of sustainable initiatives is of paramount importance as educational leaders continue to face shrinking budgets for building maintenance, operation and construction.  As a result, many educational leaders are asking if the benefits of green design outweigh the costs of green premiums.  While, the additional costs of building greed are given substantially more attention than potential benefits, educational leaders need to examine the cumulative financial benefits over the building's life-cycle rather than the up-front costs alone.  The financial benefits of building green outweigh costs 20 to 1 as green premiums are typically covered by energy savings alone.  Considering costs and benefits across the life-cycle of sustainable buildings, as well as multiple monetized and non-monetized indicators, may provide a valuable approach by which to consider investing in green building.  In addition to financial savings, health and environmental benefits have identified sustainable building as fiscally prudent and lower risk than conventional building.  Educational leaders and industry professionals are encouraged to attend this session to analyze the costs and benefits to sustainable building design. 

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