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10 December 2016
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Building design articles

Articles on building design, including architecture, civil engineering, conservation, refurbishment, structural engineering

 

  • Smarter offices can deliver a £70bn economic boost, study revealsSmarter use of Britain's office space could improve productivity by 1 to 3.5 per cent and deliver a boost of up to £70 billion to the economy, a study by workplace, property and business experts reveals. 08/12/2016
  • BIFM issues guidance note on cost benchmarkingThe BIFM has published a guidance note to highlight best practice and identify gaps in performance through operational cost benchmarking for FMs. 08/12/2016
  • Environmental standards bodies to work togetherThe Building Research Establishment (BRE) and International Well Building Institute (IWBI) have agreed to pursue alignments between BRE's BREAMM environmental assessment method and IWBI's Well Building Standard. 28/11/2016
  • Jail breakthroughDesigning and operating prison buildings in specific ways could halve assaults on staff and significantly reduce the stress under which staff work, according to a panel of experts including prison managers, psychologists and criminologists. 07/11/2016
  • New building services 'wiki' to help FMs in tall structuresThe Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has launched a 'wiki' to help it develop the building services industry's first technical guidance and standards for systems in tall buildings. 17/11/2016
  • Clients ask architects for more post-occupancy evaluationArchitects who follow up and conduct post-occupancy evaluations are better perceived by clients than those who do not, according to a survey by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 10/11/2016
  • High TEC SolutionEnvironmental sustainability has many facets, but the variety on show in Britain's greenest building, the multi-award winning Enterprise Centre (TEC) in Norfolk, is impressive indeed 12/10/2016
  • Park life coachNew York's iconic Central Park is as much an example of social as it is environmental sustainability. Jamie Harris visited the team that now aims to impart its locally inclusive best practice for public park management throughout the USA 12/10/2016
  • Government must do more to cut carbon footprint of buildingsCurrent policy in the UK is not enough to deliver the carbon budgets that Parliament has set and requires specific measures in buildings to tackle this, warns the body advising the UK Government on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 13/10/2016
  • Changing prison design could aid rehabilitation of offendersDesigning and operating prison buildings in specific ways could halve assaults on staff and significantly reduce the stress under which staff work, says a panel of experts including prison managers, psychologists and criminologists. 13/10/2016
  • Norwich's The Enterprise Centre named best workplace in UKNorwich's The Enterprise Centre was named as the 'best of the best' workplace at the British Council for Offices' (BCO) annual National Awards in London last night. 05/10/2016
  • Guide sets out core sustainability aims for property managersA core set of sustainability provisions forming the foundation of how sustainability is incorporated into any property management service offering have been launched. 22/09/2016
  • Excellence in corporate real estate means 'managing risk appropriately'Corporate real estate (CRE) needs to better assess how to talk about risks with the businesses it serves, says a report by CoreNet into the future of the sector. 19/09/2016
  • US building owners increasingly interested in healthier buildingsA report has found that US building owners, managers and investors are becoming increasingly interested in creating healthier buildings. 16/09/2016
  • Ready for work?The launch earlier this year of the BIFM's operational readiness guide was the latest event seeking to ensure that FM is linked at every stage to the design and construction process. But, ask Martin Read and Jamie Harris, is the wider construction sector receptive to the FM's message? 03/10/2016
  • Building a sustainable argumentThe way in which the sustainability performance of buildings is measured in the years ahead is likely to have a social as well as an environmental dimension. And that can only mean more involvement from FM in design, as Jamie Harris reports 15/09/2016
  • Where is FM in the BIM conversation?Paul Wilkinson explains how BIM has evolved over the past five years and looks at milestones in FM's involvement thus far. Is FM taking its theoretically rightful place in the construction project spotlight? 03/10/2016
  • A design for livingInterviewee: Ian Gibson, managing director, Robertson Facilities Management Issue: When FM advises on design 09/09/2016
  • The smart future of FMTalk about smart buildings emphasises the value of the technology but it's in the use of the generated data that facilities managers can shine, as Nick Martindale reports. 15/09/2016
  • Major works needed on Palace of WestminsterMPs will have to vacate the Palace of Westminster for years so that essential repairs can be done, or face the increasing risk of a 'catastrophic' event, according to a committee of MPs and Peers. 09/09/2016
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