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Building services articles

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


  • Legionella: the ticking time bombChris Northey explains the emerging threat posed by rising temperatures in cold water systems particularly in modern buildings and looks at possible solutions 04/05/2016
  • Edinburgh schools due to reopen for new termThree schools affected by the recent closures in Edinburgh will reopen next month once full remediation work has been completed, says the council. 04/05/2016
  • PAT testingFacilities managers should regularly get electrical appliances reviewed to safeguard employees from shocks and reduce fire risk, says Richard Galvin 25/04/2016
  • Maintaining hospital drainageStaff training and awareness campaigns with patients and visitors are vital to keep hospital drains clear, says Richard Leigh 20/04/2016
  • All 17 Edinburgh PPP schools 'show faults'Edinburgh City Council has announced that early findings of building surveys shows "evidence of faults across all 17 affected schools" to varying degrees after safety issues forced their closure last week. 15/04/2016
  • Amey vows to make Edinburgh school buildings safeAmey has announced that it is working closely with the Edinburgh Schools Partnership to identify and help with additional repairs to allow 17 schools in the city to be reopened after safety issues. 13/04/2016
  • Galliford Try admits liability for four ESP schoolsHouse builder Galliford Try has said it takes contractual responsibility for only four of the 17 Edinburgh schools affected by closure after technical faults were found in the buildings. 13/04/2016
  • NG Bailey lands £20m retail dealNG Bailey has secured a three-year, £20 million maintenance deal, covering eight shopping centres owned by Land Securities. 13/04/2016
  • School wall collapse probe reveals safety issuesThe chief executive of the City of Edinburgh Council and senior education officials have met directors of the Edinburgh School Partnership (ESP) after the collapse of a wall at a local primary led to the closure of 17 schools in the area. 11/04/2016
  • 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. 07/04/2016
  • Soft landings - the story so farSoft landings - the story so far 07/04/2016
  • Space oddityGo back six, seven or even eight years and you'll find a lot being said about the importance of space usage in these pages, writes Martin Read. 07/04/2016
  • NHS repair budget 'slashed by £1.1bn'The NHS repairs budget has been slashed by £1.1 billion in a cut that was not publicised in George Osborne's Budget last month, according to news reports. 01/04/2016
  • Without BIM, FM risks falling into 'death valley'Building Information Modelling (BIM) is becoming the norm, according to an academic speaking at an event on information management in FM. 30/03/2016
  • So long, architectThe 1974 classic The Towering Inferno and its connection to building design and subsequent facilities management. Not as tenuous a link as you might think, writes Martin Read. 24/03/2016
  • Living proofUnderstanding how client organisations work and what they need is key to creating successful workplaces. Richard Byatt considers the art and science of user briefing with a look at the WWF's award-winning Living Planet Centre 23/03/2016
  • Analysis: Government must focus on how to sign up more SMEs as suppliersA report from the National Audit Office as noted that while the proportion of public services spending through SMEs is increasing, government figures could be skewed by subcontractor work through larger service providers. Jamie Harris reports on the barriers that smaller firms are still facing. 21/03/2016
  • Eliminating systems errorsSteve Martin looks of the Fire & Security Association looks at the causes and consequences of fire systems going wrong and how to minimise the risks 18/03/2016
  • BIFM launches asset management guideThe BIFM has launched a Good Practice Guide to Asset Management Surveying Practice. 16/03/2016
  • Analysis: Which projects are actually energy-efficient?Commercial buildings in the UK may be producing an average of 3.8 times more carbon than estimated at their design stage, according to research from a government-appointed body. Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 10/03/2016
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