Big Picture Thinkers
Fixed costs are 75-85% of buildings' operating costs. Managers and Boards have come to believe that because those costs are fixed, they cannot be reduced. This is where we disagree. For instance, everyone knows that electricity is necessary, hence a fixed cost. However, we work with boards on reducing the amount of electricity that buildings consume. We then we take that one step further and also advise on reducing the cost of electricity. This has resulted in annual savings of as much as 50% in electricity costs. We think "outside the box" and thus help reduce those costs which aren't necessarily thought of as being able to be reduced.
We View Every Building as a Business
Boards and Managing Agents only have so much time to dedicate to a building. Despite best efforts to run the building proactively, time is a limiting factor. The bulk of their time is running the day-to-day operations. Working on just one major project can often take years from start to finish. This leaves little if any time for new or "elective" undertakings.
We spend 100% of our time finding, and then recommending, and implementing cost savings. So, while the board and management continue working on operations and whatever projects they are already working on, all savings and efficiencies we implement are "Bonus" Results!
We go through every line item, and every service and vendor contract. We then compare these to our benchmarks and look for outliers. We typically make 4 recommendations per month. After the board agrees, we proceed to implement the changes. We typically continue month after month until we've found every possible saving for your building.
Nobody Else Does What We Do
The managing agent runs the day-to-day administration of the building. On the other hand, vendors and operators (energy efficiency companies, for example), typically sell one product or service. We look at every singly aspect of the building's operations, and in the case of energy efficiency, there may be at least 5 different products or services that could reduce energy use or cost by 10% each.