Worship Leaders Have a Choice

Finally…worship leaders of churches of any and every shape, size, style and methodologies have an option when considering the right tool to help them best manage their worship services. For as long back as I can remember, there has been one dominant option for worship leaders to use…and you know who I am referring to.

They are the 800 pound gorilla.  They clearly have market dominance.  They have set a standard and watermark for many aspects of service planning.

But…now you have an option.

We are honored and excited to announce that Cool Solutions Group and eSPACE have acquired WorshipPlanning.com to add to our suite of intentional planning tools. With this acquisition, coupled with some significant enhancements and added features, worship leaders have a viable alternative to the incumbent. We are firm believers that competition is the basis for better products for the market…in this case for your church.

Check out all the features you get with your WorshipPlanning account…all starting at only $25/month for up to 5 planners (those that need to actually  plan services) and UNLIMITED Helpers (think of helpers as your choir, praise team, techs etc.).  You will be blown away!

FEATURE INCLUDED
Service and Events
Create multiple services (aka a series) at once
Custom data fields for services
Service linking for easier management of identical services
Associating files with the service (as opposed to only with the elements or songs)
Schedule rehearsals
Share services to public with special link (via email or social media)
Calendar feed of all services
Ability to project slides Via integration
Variety of printout options
“Virtual Stage” design, drag and drop (with printout option)
Tasks tracking (assignable, with notifications) Coming soon
Rehearsal attendance indicator (“Can you make it? Yes/No”) Coming soon
Team-level rehearsal scheduling Coming soon
Ability to create a variety of event types (not just worship services) Coming soon
Worship Flow
Down-to-the-second scheduling
Set-list planning mode
Add per-elements general notes, or notes specific to roles, teams, or people
Track “views” of worship flow (who and latest)
Allow and track “Likes” of worship flow
Plan multiple, identical flows at once
Select song key (and modulation) specific for that service
Define song map/sequence (order of song parts) specific for that service
Create and apply worship flow templates
Inline editing of worship flow element details
Custom color and name dividers
Drag-and-drop SongSelect integration (right into the worship flow page)
Pre-service elements
Variety of printout and export options (Word, Excel, and PDF)
PDF Setlist Builder (with viewing/scrolling on tablet)
Virtual sheet music Via OnSong integration
Auto-generation of audio playlists for MP3s, Spotify, and YouTube connected songs
Printouts
Full worship flow details printing
Custom Column worship flow printouts (shows desired notes for roles/people/teams)
Assignment printouts for one or multiple services (per team)
Assignment export for one or multiple services (per team)
Volunteer sign-in sheet (per team)
Song Organization
Song Importing (SongSelect, CSV, etc.)
Integration from LifeWayWorship
Included ”Top Songs” list with basic info and links to Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, and SongSelect connection
Ability to create chord sheet in lyrics section of song
Key transposing of chords in lyrics section
Key transposing of uploaded MP3s
Unlimited file attachments
Auto-generation of audio playlists for MP3s, Spotify, and YouTube connected songs
Create and share virtual song books (with teams or with public)
Song usage report, including chart of usage per month
”Last Performed” date sorting
Match/sync song data with CCLI SongSelect and Rockin’ With The Cross (coming soon). Subscription to those services required.
Print/Export options
Import from CSV option
User Accounts
Unlimited user accounts (“Planner” count limited by subscription, “Helper” count is unlimited)
Access levels to limit what each user can do or view
Skill indication (set by the team leader)
Notification channels: one or more email addresses, one or more SMS text numbers, Facebook notifications
Ability to block days not available to serve
Serving preference indication
WP: Selecting specific days and roles
Bypass login with special link embedded in notifications
Charting of serving history/frequency for past year
Calendar feed of assignments (for real-time updates to appear on personal calendar)
Team Management
Contact info sharing among team
Delegation of team management responsibilities to one or more team leaders
Location designations (none, one, or multiple) for teams
Restrict teams from accessing worship flow details (including music)
Availability Calendar showing the team leader what members have blocked off days in a calendar view.
Uploading and sharing files for team members
Serving “templates” to define typical line-up of roles needed to serve
People/Team Scheduling
Drag and drop scheduling
Assignment notifications via text, email, Facebook
Respond to assignment via email, text, Facebook, website, or mobile web app
Schedule conflict detection across various services and locations
Scheduling across multiple weeks in a single view
Ability to schedule people that don’t have a login account to WP
View past and future schedules
Scheduling entire team at once
Serving “templates” to define customizable line-up of roles
Find the most qualified person to serve in an open role
Find a substitute (initiated by team leader or volunteer)
Assignment reminders (email, text, Facebook)
“Please respond to the schedule request” reminders
Team leader notified when team member responds to an assignment (configurable)
Print/export schedule (single or multiple services)
Charting of serving history/frequency for past year
Notifications
Email, text, Facebook
Schedule response options embedded in notifications (i.e. email or text contains links to “accept” or “decline” the assignment request).
Team Leader notifications when team member responds to an assignment (configurable)
Configurable (per team) auto-reminder of upcoming assignment
Configurable (per team) auto-reminder of pending assignment response (i.e. remind the team member every few days that they still need to respond to the assignment).
Push notification to desktop, laptop, and Android browsers Coming soon
Locations
Single or multi-location capable
Teams can be configured for one or more locations
Cross-location checking for schedule conflicts
“During Event” Functionality
Projector presentation functionality Thru integration with Proclaim
Virtual Sheet Music for use on stage Thru integration with OnSong App
Mobile Functionality
Mobile web app
Responding to assignments
Viewing worship flow details
Viewing/listening to song files
Editing the worship flow
View contact info of fellow team members
3rd-Party Integrations
SongSelect
LifeWayWorship
Church Community Builder
Rockin’ With The Cross
Proclaim
ProPresenter In Progress
PraiseCharts Future
YouTube
MediaShout In Progress
eSPACE Event Scheduler Coming Soon
Support and Training Options
Phone
Email
KB Articles
Community
Webinars
General Info about Company
Better Business Bureau rating A+ Since joining BBB in 2006
Headquarters location Charlotte, NC
Customer support hours Urgent: 24×7
Non-urgent: 8a-5p EST  (M-F)
Training options Video tutorials, webinars (live and recorded)
Service reliability 99.999%
*Watch the introductory video below to get to know Worship Planning!

Do You Rent Your Facility? We Can Help.

One of the highest priority features that the eSPACE community has been requesting is a means by which to implement a Billing and Invoicing system for facility rentals.

WAIT NO LONGER!

We are excited to announce the release of the new BILLING and INVOICING module to eSPACE. Here are just some of the features:

  1. Assign a rental value to any SPACE, RESOURCE or SERVICE within your Event Scheduler.
  2. When creating an event that also includes rental, select the ITEMS needed which in turn will produce a proposal to be sent to the requester.
  3. Provide a means by which the requester can accept the proposal digitally.
  4. Add discounts if appropriate.
  5. Adjust ITEM billing amounts on the fly if needed.
  6. Add sales tax if appropriate.
  7. Require a deposit and collect the same in-app through our payment processor.
  8. Invoice for the balance/In-full amount.
  9. Collect all payments via a credit card and have it deposited directly into the appropriate account.
  10. Export a log of all rentals to an Excel/CSV file in order to upload to your accounting software (if applicable).
  • No more manual invoices or proposals.
  • No more guessing if invoices have been paid.
  • No more collecting paper checks.

All for only an additional $50/month!!!

Check out this video to learn more, then contact us to get started.

JUST RELEASED: Rock RMS Plugin for eSPACE

Cool Solutions Group, eSPACE, BEMA and Rock RMS are excited to announce the development and release of the eSPACE Quick Event Plugin for Rock RMS.

If you want to utilize the eSPACE Event Scheduler as your best-in-class event and facility management tool, but also want to integrate it with your Rock RMS account…wait no more! The eSPACE Quick Event plugin is here and allows eSPACE customers to quickly create events from within Rock.  This plugin will allow you to link the plugin to eSPACE by using your eSPACE login. From this plugin you can:

  1. Create an event
  2. Describe the event
  3. Set the date(s) and times
  4. Establish SETUP and TEARDOWN times
  5. Mark if it is a “public” event
  6. Set the number of attendees
  7. Set “locations” if you have more than one campus
  8. Select the Category of the event (Children, Adult, admin, etc.)
  9. Select the SPACES/RESOURCES/SERVICES desired
  10. Select the quantity of Resources and Services needed

BOOM…simple.  Once this is saved, it will become “Pending Approval” status.  If the event does not need any more details….that is it.  If there are more specific details needed to be incorporated into the event, you can add those attributes on the eSPACE side at any time.

This is our first plugin with Rock and we are excited to make the Quick Event plugin available to all Rock churches!

To learn more, click HERE.


Are Mergers Changing the Church Landscape?

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I can tell you from our experience, that Church Mergers are definitely changing the landscape of the church world. From planning opportunities, to revitalization, to combining resources or rescuing a church that is in decline.

I am honored to have 2 friends that are the pioneers in describing this movement. Jim Tomberlin (THE Multisite guy and co author of “Church Locality: New Rules for Church Buildings in a Multisite, Church Planting, and Giga-Church Worldwith me) and Dr. Warren Bird of ECFA wrote a book a few years ago called “Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work“. I have recommended these a number of times to numerous churches and they been road maps for many that were/are considering a merger.

Jim and Warren are working on some updates to the data they originally provided and could use your input.  Below is a post from Jim that will describe this further and provide you links to take a survey.

PLEASE help us with this research…and thank you Jim and Warren for your ministry!

By Jim Tomberlin

I stumbled into my first church merger experience accidentally in 2003 (and if you have a merger experience, I’ll end this short article asking you to share it).

Looking for a place to plant a regional campus for a Chicago suburban church, I came across a school in a great location. But another church was already meeting there. I left my card, and told them that if that church ever leaves, call me.

I got a call, but it wasn’t from the school. The church phoned and said, “We don’t have a pastor. Can we join you?’”

I responded, “I’m not sure that’s a good idea.”

I tried to dissuade them, but they insisted.

Eventually, I gave in. With 150 church members from my church combined with the 150 people already in the school we relaunched as a new church. Fifteen years later it has grown to 2,000 regular attendees.

When I went back for the 10th anniversary, of the original 150, about 125 were still there. They told me it was the greatest thing that ever could have happened to them.

In 2011 I co-authored a book with Warren Bird, Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work, about the emerging church merger trend that I had experienced firsthand (and maybe you have too!).

We described how these new kinds of mission-driven mergers were different than the survival-based mergers of the past. We also observed that many of these mergers were an unintended but positive consequence of the multisite church movement.

Since then we have seen an explosion of all kinds of church mergers beyond multisite outcomes. More church leaders are seeing mergers as a church-plant strategy, pastor-search strategy, succession strategy, community transformation strategy and denominationally driven revitalization and replant strategy.

A decade later, with a seismic culture shift in church attendance and changing attitudes towards local churches, it’s time to do another nation-wide, comprehensive survey on church mergers to capture the trends in these new developments.

TAKE THE CHURCH MERGER SURVEY!

If your church has experienced a merger–or unsuccessfully attempted a merger in the past–would you give us your take on our church merger survey?

In partnership with The Unstuck Group, Leadership Network, ECFA, Fortress Press, and others, we are offering several incentives for church leaders to take our survey–and to forward it to others who have a church merger experience. Plus we’re planning a free webinar to survey participants to reveal and discuss the initial findings from the survey.

Just go to this link and tell us your thoughts about mergers. As one of the many ways we’ll say thanks, we’ll also email you a summary of what everyone else said.

Thank you,
Jim Tomberlin, lead author of Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work

Questions? Contact DrBirdAssistant@gmail.com


I Will Get Right On That

Admit it, if you are responsible for the maintenance in a facility you have said this before, probably more than once. The problem with that phrase and our prevalence in using it is that we are not going to get right on it. In fact, we forget that which we agreed to do by the time we get to the office because we have said it three more times to three other folks during the walk. 

It is in our nature to try and accommodate others, yet as stewards we have many competing items on our time. When it comes to maintenance it means that things get missed. What is one to do? Well, we suggest utilizing a digital solution. Work Order Management software. 

For many of you, you will recognize that we have Work Order Management Software, and many of you use it. I would be remiss if I didn’t suggest you click the image below this article and check it out if you haven’t already. However, I do not want this to be an ad, that is not what CFMS is about. 

Why use a work order management software solution? Things will get lost, forgotten, or simply ignored. Not because we don’t care, it is because we get overwhelmed. Here are our “Top Ten” traits of a great maintenance software system.

1) Maintenance software will allow us to create a centralized database that helps organize our preventative maintenance and “pop -up” maintenance needs.  

2) Maintenance software will allow you to collect and distribute all the information necessary for the task. When creating a work order you should be able to attach documentation, photos, etc. There should be a place that allows for the requestor and the one performing work to provide comments. While the work is in progress, the software should send out updates when status changes. And finally, the software should store the information on the work when it is completed. 

3) Maintenance software will provide the ability to input and track all aspects performed to your equipment. At some point, the amount of time spent fixing an item will exceed what is reasonable and replacement should be considered. Maintenance software should assist that by providing a repair and maintenance history of each piece. 

4) Tracking inventory needs and items related to maintenance should be a feature. As work is completed, the system will allow you to automatically update the remaining stock on hand of flappers, or filters, or anything else you need to track. Many systems will allow you to be alerted when you reach your reorder threshold. 

5) A robust work order system allows you to communicate directly through the system with outside vendors to accept, perform, and complete work on or in your facility. This allows for the continued consolidated record-keeping for your maintenance activities. 

6) A great maintenance software will allow for the creation of multiple departments or sections to help distribute the work to the appropriate people. Being able to get the right info to the right person quickly helps complete tasks quickly. 

7) If different people or departments need to be part of a maintenance project, a good maintenance software will allow you to assign the appropriate parts of a job to the appropriate people. 

8) A maintenance software will provide multiple methods for work to be submitted. This ensures that more info is submitted, which leads to…

9) A robust maintenance software will allow for workflow to be setup to meet the needs of the facility. Not all requests will need to be sent on however, so there must be a mechanism that allows for work to be prioritized or declined.

10) Finally, a robust program will allow you to automatically schedule preventative maintenance tasks and create the notices for you.

These are the top ten things a software geared towards maintenance should do, and there are other things to look for as well. Ultimately, the worth of the software will be determined by the deployment and adoption of the software. It is a tool that needs to be considered, and it is not just for the “big” churches. If you are not already using one, check out everyone you can. The cost of the software is offset by the amount of time, effort, and energy you save in doing what you are called to do. And yes, I would be happy to show you ours if you are interested.  

By Nathan Parr, Facility Specialist


Resources are for Wimps

You probably just disagreed with that title. At least you tell yourself that you do. Unfortunately, talk is cheap my friends. We tend to say and think a great many things…but our true feelings are always borne out in our actions. 

This week we are going to dive into the wonderful world of…resources! If you are a member of CFMS you have access to a great many resources. If you are not a member…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR…it is free. We will highlight many of them, even provide some detailed usage instructions. However, before we get to that, let’s talk a bit about how we tend to use resources.

Many times, we seek out resources when someone tells us about it. We’ve mentioned previously about time in the church facility world (spoiler alert, there is never enough).  So being told about the next coolest thing is the main way we get the information. Our vendors show up to show us the latest and greatest, we hear about something in a blog, we attend a conference and see something…you get the idea. At this point, all these resources share a common trait. They are utterly useless if all you do is acknowledge their existence. 

It is safe to say that we are advancing technology-wise in many ways. With that comes the ability to disburse information via methods unheard of merely 20 years ago. From eBooks to webinars to interactive forums…we can share and learn just about anything. The hard part is taking that knowledge and applying it. It is necessary to do more than digest, it must be put into use or it is just “empty calories”; and just like empty calories cause us to be inefficient, gathering knowledge and not applying it leads to inefficiencies as well. Those inefficiencies lead to ministerial opportunities lost. 

So, what do we do? First, we must consider what type of resource we need and when. Remember, there are tons out there, you do not need all of them at once. Consider your biggest concern right now…now that you have it, find three resources that address it and are the easiest for you to process. From those resources develop an implementation plan to fix (or at least attempt to fix) that one issue. A staircase consists of many steps, but it still is the easiest to put one foot on one step at a time. 

Second, take the time to evaluate the success of the process gleaned from the resources on that first concern. Get it right. Do not worry about all the other concerns that are still there at this point….it has been messed up for a while, a bit longer is not the end of the world. Unless it is a life-safety issue, and then that is always going to be the top concern. 

Third, take the time to share the resources and the process you learned from it with your supervisors and your peers. It is always good to let others know what is going on, and it will make it easier for you when you tackle the next concern. Your team will understand why you are looking for helpful resources. 

Fourth, develop a system to categorize and store resources as you collect them; make them available for future research. When you find sources, many times you can sign up for mailing lists. They will keep sending them during a time you do not need them, so store them so you are ready to utilize your library when the need arises again. 

Fifth, repeat steps one through four as necessary for your concerns. Developing your own resource/research library can make your life easier. Again, the crux of the matter is you must take that knowledge and use it for it to be effective. If you need to try and figure out how long it should take to clean a space, find a calculator that can help (I bet you can guess where you can find one!). Want to be a better energy steward, learn the ways how (Webinar anyone?). I can almost guarantee that there is a resource to assist you in any issue you may face as a facility steward. And if someone took the time to figure out a way to make your life more efficient, why not take them up on it? 

By: Nathan Parr, Facility Specialist at Cool Solutions Group


What is up with USER Based Software Pricing?

There have been a lot of new players enter the Facility Management Software space serving churches. Some of these products are actually really good. Some have REALLY cool features. But…most charge per user per month. I just don’t get it!

OK…I get the “business” reason why. The more users, the potential increase in bandwidth and data storage for servers. But to me, a USER BASED subscription penalizes a church for growing numerical or staffing. If a church has 50,000 SF and they double in attendance…but doesn’t add more square footage, they have to increase staff to maintain a building that now has more utilization leading to more cleaning and wear and tear.

When we launched eSPACE (MINISTReSPACE in 2008), the most popular event and facility scheduling software on the market was Event U. At that time, and even to today, they charge by “resource” which is kin to USER BASED pricing. If you added 25 more tables or 5 summer interns, etc. you pay more per month. That just feels mercenary to me.

That is why eSPACE Event Scheduler and Work Order Management has UNLIMITED users. Our pricing is based on elements such as the number of schedule-able spaces, number of fixed assets and the number of locations (think multi-site). I really wrestle why we should charge more for users. We WANT churches to have as much buy-in and utilization as they desire. We have found that organizations that have dozens or even hundreds of users are operating much more effectively and efficient by having more people with access to the software.

In the Work Order realm, there are some really good software options. I have been impressed by Akita Box, UpKeep and FMX. Dude Solutions also has some interesting features, but most of those solutions implement a USER BASED subscription price. Also, eSPACE is the ONLY facility management software that:

  1. Church centric…over 95% of our subscribers are churches
  2. Developed by church facility specialists for facility professionals…not just a cool tool for a market segment that needs serving
  3. Provides a free Life Cycle Calculator whether you subscribe to the paid subscriptions or not
  4. Offers integration with your HVAC, Door Access and Digital Signage
  5. Integrates with approximately 15 of the most utilized ChMS tools (Church Management Software)
  6. Offers a FREE online community focused on all things Church Facility Management.
  7. Offers onsite Facility Condition Assessments and deferred maintenance identification

OK…I am clearly biased.  But I am 100% convinced that the eSPACE solution is the BEST for any and every church!

Let us know if you want to explore how eSPACE and Cool Solutions Group can assist your organization to be efficient, effective and intentional with the facilities entrusted to you to steward.

*Click the image below to learn more!


FREE Facility Stewardship Tools for your Church


.FREE = without cost or payment

Pretty simple. Who doesn’t like FREE (assuming it is beneficial, of course).

To that end Cool Solutions Group and eSPACE have have developed a number of FREE tools to assist your church in being the best Facility Steward possible. Let me describe them further:

  1. Life Cycle Calculator – Nearly every component of your facilities will have to be replaced or significantly modified at some point during its effective life cycle. This is inevitable…these issues are not an “IF” question, but rather “WHEN” and “HOW MUCH.” Do you have an action plan to address the inevitable? INTENTIONAL organizations plan today for tomorrow’s costs. That’s why it’s critical you establish a capital reserve account now. This completely FREE tool will help set you on the right path to being the best steward of the facilities entrusted to you.
  2. Facility Evaluator – Do you know the “health” of your Facility? How often do you get a physical? Once a year? Every couple years?

    When was the last time your church facility had a “physical” or checkup? 10 years ago? 20 years ago? Never?

    Are you…

    • Spending too much on utilities?
    • Investing enough to keep up with the natural rate of deterioration?
    • Properly staffing for your facility needs?

    If you can not answer these definitively, then you need more information. To that end, we have developed this FREE Church Facility Evaluator. This simple tool will provide you with a snapshot of some key indicators associated with facility operational costs.

  3. Church Facility Management Solutions – Partners in Facility Stewardship. The ONLY Free Online Community focused on Church Facility Management Solutions. Your FREE CFMS membership provides you:
    1. Weekly Information sent directly to you to help you be proactive and intentional with the care of your facility.
    2. Online Community so that you can get input and feedback from hundreds of other church and facility leaders.
    3. Monthly Webinars by industry professionals to provide relevant information and resources for your church facility management.
    4. Free Resources will be developed and made available to members including worksheets, forms, policy docs, job descriptions, etc.
    5. Availability to Consulting and Training Services.
  4. Resources, Resources, Resources – We have developed a wonderful library of free eBooks, case studies, and the like. If you have not done so lately, please take advantage of these resources.

There is not excuse for not being informed or to “go it alone”.


Facility Stewardship Can Save You Money!

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Who doesn’t like to save money? I love it when I am able to save money by either making some changes in my behavior or implementing a new strategy. What I have also seen is that it is not just about the quantifiable savings, but the additional abstract benefits.

For example…let’s say I buy a Toyota Prius to save money on gas. I am pretty convinced that I will in fact reduce my budget allocated for gasoline. That is GREAT…but it is not all. An abstract benefit is that I do not have to stop at a gas station as frequently which provides me with additional time to do other things. And knowing that “time is money” the abstract benefits can actually manifest themselves into real dollars. So in this example, I have 3 benefits…maybe more:

  1. Save money on fuel
  2. Save time to reinvest in other activities
  3. Which can either save me money or allow me to take that time/money and invest in an activity that could produce income, or reduce the need for someone else to perform the tasks.

Let’s take that concept to Facility Stewardship…and particularly the operation, maintenance, and management of the facilities that have been entrusted to us.

Our FACILITeSPACE module which includes the following is a great way to get started.

  • COOLSPACE – HVAC integration with Building Automation and WiFi thermostats
  • SECURESPACE – Door access controls
  • INFOSPACE – Comprehensive system to integrate with your digital and room signage
  • TECHSPACE – Coming Soon! – Will provide integration and alerts with early detection sensors
  • BRIGHTSPACE – Coming Soon! – Integration to lighting throughout your facility…more on this later.

Since we released these options we have heard lots of testimonials from churches that have shared how they saved money on energy…but the abstract was that they saw a large increase in operational efficiency. Here are a couple comments from our clients:

Our church has been a client of eSPACE Event Scheduling and FACILITeSPACE for years. Using this cloud based software has allowed us to save around 25% on utilities and use those funds toward ministry and missions of the church to help grow the Kingdom. Very easy to use product and great customer service!  –Jeff McClanahan – CPA, Living Hope Baptist Church

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We have been using eSPACE with FACILITeSPACE for three years, and our church saw a 30% reduction in utility expense immediately after installation. The interface is easy to manage, easy to teach to our staff, and we can make adjustments from anywhere. FACILITeSPACE has now paid for itself several times over in return on investment as we’ve saved on electric bills and maintenance. No more lock-boxes on thermostats, and no more forgetting to “turn the air up on the way out” after a service or event. –Hank Garner, First Baptist Church

Let’s put this into context. These churches, and dozens more, started using FACILITeSPACE with the desire to save energy costs….which they did. The issue of “behavior” was the root issue with their efficiency, or lack thereof. They would turn units on when the spaces were not occupied. Not smart. But these churches and many others also are seeing the more abstract causality at play:

  1. Reduced run time of the units which can lengthen the life expectancy of their HVAC units. Units last longer if they run less (but they still need preventive maintenance). This means that a church may be able to get another 1, 2, 3 years out of their units which in turn allows them to modify the needs for capital reserves…which can not only save money, but if you have a true capital reserve account that is earning interest, you can actually “make money” by not spending it.
  2. Reduce if not completely mitigate the manual operations of adjusting thermostats and building automation systems for your events and space utilization. This can free up the staff to perform other duties (i.e. my car example).
  3. We have empirical data tied to the issues of deferred maintenance and the number of full time general maintenance workers you have. In every case of the Facility Condition Assessment that we perform, when a church has deferred maintenance (which is nearly 100% of the time) we see an under funding of the general maintenance line items in their budgets and a understaffing of facility teams. That is why they called it DEFERRED Maintenance. We should have done things that we put off…we deferred maintenance that should have been performed. Let’s look at how this can manifest itself.

Imagine having an extra 5-10 hours a week of general maintenance time for each of your maintenance team. If they are not having to turn thermostats on and off…and don’t have to run around locking and unlocking doors…how many hours could you recapture? We recently had a conversation with a church that indicated that their facility manager spent 20-25% of his time in a week double entering events in his building automation system. The event Coordinator would schedule events, meetings, etc. Then, print out the schedule and provide to the facility manager who in turn would RE-ENTER all of the same data into their BAS. That is pour utilization of a skilled person.

The other thing we have learned, or known for a long time but now have data, is that churches are not going to staff up their general maintenance team to a level of best proactive…which is 1 Full Time Employee for every 35,000 Square Feet. I get that…but what if we could assist your current staff to be more efficient? What if they could recapture even just 10% of their time…so say 4 hours per week…208 hours a year? Do you think there are tasks, preventive maintenance, general maintenance, inspections, vendor management, etc. that you could back-fill their time? I will guarantee it!

If your church is looking for a way to decrease deferred maintenance, save energy costs and increase operational efficiency, you need to strongly consider the impact of integrations and automation.


Honeywell Now Integrates With eSPACE


FINALLY…we have developed integration with one of the largest providers of HVAC controls – Honeywell.

For as long as I can remember, Honeywell has been the leader in Building Controls. Whether in the commercial or residential arenas, they have been the leader…and the 800 pound gorilla. With that “notoriety” also comes a certain level of inflexibility, bureaucracy, “king of the hill” mind set and a stigma that they do not “play well with others”.

While all of that may be true, Honeywell has started to provide 3rd party integration and API access to a limited number of their devices. This has opened the door for many companies to develop means by which to allow the end user (i.e. YOU) to integrate their controls with other systems…such as eSPACE Event Scheduler (and the 13+ ChMS systems that eSPACE integrates with).

Our team has now developed, tested and released integration with the following Honeywell controls:

LYRIC PLATFORM

  1. T1 Pro
  2. T4 Pro
  3. T6 Pro (Z Wave, Hydronic, Smart)

NOTE:  Honeywell does not have a means by which we can communicate with their API for their “Total Comfort” systems….which is most of their residential stats.

For more information on the above integration or potential other integrations, contact our team and see how eSPACE integrations can increase energy and operational efficiency!