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Building design articles

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


  • FMs welcome zero-hours changesFM experts have welcomed the ban on exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts. 26/06/2014
  • Exclusivity banned for zero-hours contractsEmployees on zero-hours contracts will be able to work with other employers under new rules announced by the government today. 25/06/2014
  • Millennials unaware of FM careersThe Millennial Generation does not consider FM as a career path and is unaware of the industry, according to a study in the US. 25/06/2014
  • BRE launches BIM Level 2 certificationThe Building Research Establishment (BRE) is launching a scheme to certify providers of BIM Level 2 services. 24/06/2014
  • Government to consider FOI extension for contractorsThe government says it will consider extending the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) to contractors supplying public services. 23/06/2014
  • 'Inclusive design' a priority for FMs'Inclusive design' needs to be embraced in all new builds, according to speakers at this week's Facilities Show in London. 20/06/2014
  • Study says light is key to worker optimismAn alleged correlation between office workers' levels of optimism and their access at work to natural light in informal, dynamic spaces has been identified in newly released research. 20/06/2014
  • Charities hindered by cost of running buildingsGood property management can make the difference between a charity succeeding or failing, delegates at the Facilities Show heard this week. 19/06/2014
  • Potential changes to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007The Health & Safety Executive's proposals to replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007) are out for consultation now. What could the changes suggested mean for FMs? 16/05/2014
  • Helping handsFacilities managers have a vital part to play when it comes to the day-to-day working lives of disabled employees. Nick Martindale meets the companies that are putting FM at the centre of their diversity strategies. 07/05/2014
  • More women likely to be in zero-hours contractsWomen in full-time education or in young (16-24) or older (65 and over) age groups are more likely to be in zero-hours contracts, according to figures released today by the Office of National Statistics. 30/04/2014
  • Councils sharing services saves millionsMore than a third of a billion pounds of taxpayers' money has been saved by councils sharing services such as adult social care, the delivery of special educational needs and back office support, according to statistics from the Local Government Association. 30/04/2014
  • Businesses should prepare for government energy schemeA new government efficiency scheme to be launched in the summer requiring companies to record their energy use could be a double-edged sword for businesses, warns a risk management firm. 30/04/2014
  • Labour to get tough on zero hours contractsThe Labour party has unveiled proposals to stop the exploitative use of zero hours contracts. 29/04/2014
  • More BIM education needed, says annual surveyOnly one in three professionals in the construction industry trusts what they hear about Building Information Modelling (BIM), according to a survey of architects, engineers, surveyors and contractors. 25/04/2014
  • EU cyber security strategyGovernment figures estimate the cost of cyber crime to the UK economy at £27 billion a year. To address this, the EU has set a deadline of mid-2016 for each member state to develop a national cyber strategy. 23/04/2014
  • New TUPE - what do you need to know?Amended TUPE regulations came into effect on 31 January. Here, Felicity Gemson of Allen & Overy highlights some of the main changes as they affect FMs. 23/04/2014
  • Third processorThe way we plan for the use of third spaces continues to change rapidly as their potential to influence space management in the years ahead increases. Ziona Strelitz explains. 22/04/2014
  • Compulsory equal pay audits what's the big deal?If businesses do not close the gender pay gap voluntarily, the government will soon force them to and FMs must take heed. 24/03/2014
  • Flexible working: A legal change or a cultural change?The government may have delayed implementing the wide-ranging Children and Families Bill, which is still undergoing amendments, but employers should be now be preparing for its impact on their businesses. 11/03/2014
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