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ENERGY CHAMPION Beyond Measurement By Ian Storey, P.Eng., President, I.B. Storey Inc. Welcome back to the third installment of the Energy Champion Series, developed exclusively for the ORFA. Many of us wisely subscribe to the KISS (Keep It Simple "Steve") principle. I personally attempt to guide my projects with this very prudent approach. However, while recently visiting a client's facility, I noted the need in our data-rich age: It has become necessary to add to KISS. How simple can things be if we need an "add," you may ask. Well, let's take a step back and consider our culture. I was walking on a waterfront boardwalk on a summer's evening (in Canada we know to stop and appreciate such weather because it exists for a limited time). There was a lot of activity, as many people were out enjoying a beautiful evening. Up ahead, I could see a large group of people gathered in one area. As I got closer, I noticed there didn't appear to be any one cluster, like watching people on a stage. Instead everyone was rather evenly spread out in this area... looking at their phones. That's right, this was a free public hotspot, and our addiction to our data was causing paralysis among the masses. What does that have to do with a recreation facility? Well, it's not as removed as you may initially think. We have become so used to the availability of data that our inclination is to not make any decisions without mountains of the stuff. In fact, our ability to gather, collect and store our data has never been greater. We tend to streamline our data collection activities. In a recreation complex, we have standardized and centralized the collection as part of our daily activities. Most common remains the log-sheet, which we use from chemical control to washroom cleaning. And what WITHIN OUR FACILITIES, CHANCES ARE GOOD THAT SOMEONE WANTS US TO COLLECT THE DATA FOR A SPECIFIC REASON. happens with all that data? Most often it gets filed in a binder, file folder or that ever-so-neatly piled stack in someone's tiny office. Computers are perfect tools for acquiring and storing vast quantities of data. However, I keep using that word, "data." It's not information; it's data, lots and lots of data. We've become so skilled at acquiring and storing our data that usually we don't even question the value of our activity. In some cases there are regulatory issues, in some cases there are work procedural issues with our check lists and logs, but very often we lose sight of the purpose of this gathering. The KISS principle will find its way into our collection activities. People are generally great simplifiers when it comes to streamlining and refining our work. The  general preference hard-wired into our DNA is to accomplish any task with the least effort possible. There is also a tendency to not ask "why" we collect data. No one questions acquiring data. After all, data is good. Like a free hotspot on a warm summer's evening. Within our facilities, chances are good that someone wants us to collect the data for a specific reason. That reason isn't as important to the energy champion inside us as is the opportunity this presents to us. All of that data could be turned into information. Well, it's probably not practical to turn all of the data into information. But opportunity is 44 | ONTARIO RECREATION FACILITIES ASSOCIATION hiding inside our stored data! The key to revealing the opportunity for us to save on some energy costs and promote environmental responsibility is converting the right data into information. Starting from a KISS method of data gathering, which data becomes information? This is the KISS "adder." In order to decide how to best focus our efforts towards converting data to information, ask the question, "To have a positive impact, what information would help the most?" Not data, but information. An example from outside the recreation facility world may help to clarify. Service companies (some of which work in recreation facilities) track (gather) fuel usage and mileage of their vans. That data is converted to information when the fuel economy is calculated. Miles per gallon or litres per 100 kilometres or any other combination, provided it is consistent, allows for a trend to be established. Fleet vehicles that consistently illustrate a worsening (rising) fuel usage are flagged as requiring vehicle service. It's a pretty simple system that's also highly effective. However, this would not be information if it were subjectively reviewed; we would still be in the category of data. Subjective review would be something like, "Last time was 80 litres of fuel; this time, 94 litres, but we drove further, so it's about the same." Our minds tend to rationalize the answer automatically. It's how people are wired, to make sense or find reason for what

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Fall 2016

Industry Watch
Home Run Baseball Hits a Pedestrian
All Granites are Not the Same
Technically Speaking
Risk Management – City Found Not Liable in Skating Injury
Winterizing Pools
Member Profile – Ross Rankin, RA Centre, Ottawa
Use of Medical Marijuana at Work Poses Challenges for Employers
Health & Safety (PSHSA) – Radon - Bill 11 Updates
ORFA’s Original Energy Consultant Writes Memoirs
The Difference between Residential and Commercial Gas Detectors
Energy Champion – Beyond Measurement
Index of Advertisers
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Facility Forum - Fall 2016 - Use of Medical Marijuana at Work Poses Challenges for Employers
Facility Forum - Fall 2016 - Health & Safety (PSHSA) – Radon - Bill 11 Updates
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Facility Forum - Fall 2016 - ORFA’s Original Energy Consultant Writes Memoirs
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Facility Forum - Fall 2016 - The Difference between Residential and Commercial Gas Detectors
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Facility Forum - Fall 2016 - Energy Champion – Beyond Measurement
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