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01 October 2016
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Building services articles

Articles on building services, including fire protection, HVAC, lifts/escalators, M&E maintenance, mechanical & electrical, utilities


  • Light workOn average, 25 per cent of an organisation's electricity costs come from lighting. Simon Fisher explains how FMs are switching on to LEDs and finding significant cost-reductions 22/09/2016
  • Pest intentionsGreg Pitcher finds that the UK pest control market is now worth almost £350 million, according to recent research . 22/09/2016
  • The burning issueHas the FM sector realised the true energy potential of biomass? Mark Harrison asks whether a wood-burning system can really be an alternative for energy buyers. 22/09/2016
  • Vat navFor VAT-exempt organisations, the decision to outsource services can add a tax liability that is difficult to justify. Here, Nick Martindale looks at why some organisations are revisiting the issue. 22/09/2016
  • Bottling it upThe case for plumbed-in vs. delivered bottles of drinking water has moved on a step with refillable water bottles that can be branded, as Paul Proctor explains. 22/09/2016
  • The flame gameNot all fires are accidental, and the risk posed by arsonists - those who set fires out of sheer malice - needs to be managed. 22/09/2016
  • Pow wowThe role of FM in informing the design of a building prior to its construction may have been peripheral in the past, but that's all changing. 22/09/2016
  • The soft sellAre the principles of soft landings a 'graduated handover' of a building project to its occupiers once complete fully accepted? And is FM ready for its role in the project spotlight? Our round table, sponsored by Gardiner & Theobald, considered the issues. 22/09/2016
  • Team playersWhen BT Sport moved into the former Olympic International Broadcast Centre in Stratford, staff at BT Facilities Services had to deal with supporting live TV studios as major media complex redevelopment work carried on around them. Jamie Harris reports. 22/09/2016
  • A higher planeAirbus UK's project to re-shape its 118-acre aerospace engineering site and transform the working lives of the more than 4,000 people working there had the FM team at its heart, reports Martin Read. 22/09/2016
  • Central intelligenceData centre construction projects are imperfect, with a traditional project team structure limiting transfer of essential knowledge to operations team that's the view of David Cameron (no relation) of risk management consultancy Operational Intelligence. Here he puts the case for those operating the centres to have more input. 22/09/2016
  • BIM's third ageNow just months away from being mandated on all central government projects, building information modelling (BIM) has moved up to Level 3. What is Level 3, and what does it mean for FM? Geoff Prudence explains. 22/09/2016
  • 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
  • Influencing the experienceManaging the services and processes that support the core business of an organisation gives FMs an 'inside out' perspective one used all too rarely to inform that organisation's site development strategy. Nick Martindale reports. 22/09/2016
  • Health and efficiencyThe promise of greater workplace productivity can be even more alluring to companies than a few kilowatts saved by streamlining a building's energy efficiency. Happily, says commercial property and energy consultant Andrew Cooper, the two can go hand in hand. 22/09/2016
  • Out in the coldData centres are wasting energy by producing far more cooled air than necessary according to David Hogg, managing director, 8 Solutions. 22/09/2016
  • Exhibiting green credentialsBirmingham NEC's facilities team, 'Team NEC' beat its own high targets in waste management and has been recognised for its commitment to new sustainability initiatives including cutting landfill, water use, energy wastage and costs, writes Jamie Harris. 22/09/2016
  • Connect and communicateCould BIM transform the way we design, construct, and manage buildings? Richard Byatt reports from Bristol on a project for the University of the West of England. 22/09/2016
  • Easily led?LED lighting technology is set to replace conventional tungsten and fluorescent lighting not just to cut energy costs, but to help the climate, claims Future Designs' Brian Teale 22/09/2016
  • The country filesMeeting the needs of all stakeholders can be a tough call for FM operatives working out of town not least because they are often battling the elements. Duncan Glen discusses the challenges of meeting the diverse needs of rural land users. 22/09/2016
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