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30 August 2015
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Building services articles

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


  • Refurbish a roof with minimal disruptionMending the roof of an occupied building is a balancing act between the needs of the building and the needs of those doing their jobs inside. John McMullan considers the FM's role. 20/08/2015
  • Installing and maintaining PV systemsFor facilities managers concerned with sustainability and rising energy prices, the benefits of installing solar panels or Photovoltaic arrays onto the roofs of their buildings are clear to see. But is the process as straightforward as you might think? 18/08/2015
  • Servest scoops CBRE FM dealServest Security has won a three-year security contract with commercial real estate services company CBRE. 10/08/2015
  • Embodied carbon: are we there yet?As the construction industry designs and constructs buildings with ever-decreasing operational energy use, embodied carbon is increasingly important in the whole life cycle costing of a building. Sophie Chisholm reports the findings at a recent CBx event. 16/07/2015
  • 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. 01/07/2015
  • Leveraging the data in BIMLinking building management systems (BMS) with building information models (BIM) can 'liberate building management data from the FM's desktop', as one project has established. 30/06/2015
  • Learning the unwritten rules of FM etiquetteThe difference between an FM's role across different organisations can be significant enough, but factor in the way things work in other countries and things can really look different, writes John Bowen. 22/06/2015
  • Primer: Electrical infrastructureThis is the second of a series on building services basics for FMs. Here, Geoff Prudence focuses on the importance of electrical services infrastructure. 22/06/2015
  • Report reveals Westminster restoration optionsA Deloitte-led consortium with AECOM and HOK has published an Independent Options Appraisal (IOA) report detailing a range of scenarios for carrying out a major restoration and renewal programme for the Palace of Westminster. 22/06/2015
  • BSRIA publishes new guide to BIM Level 2A building owner's guide to implementing new Building Information Modelling (BIM) within the assets they run has been published by the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA). 17/06/2015
  • Data centres blow too much cash on cold airDespite rising energy costs, not enough is being done to manage airflow correctly, according to research by a technical cleaning and data centre healthcare business. 08/06/2015
  • 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. 18/05/2015
  • Winner of The Workplace Conversation revealedA 'workplace Wikipedia' for professionals has been selected as the winning idea in The Workplace Conversation launched three months ago. 14/05/2015
  • Why BIM could be a boon for us allBIM Level 3 could turn out to be a pivotal moment for the FM profession, but will we seize the opportunity, asks John Bowen. 07/05/2015
  • 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. 07/05/2015
  • 'Sleepwalking into danger' alert over fire doorsDespite a heightened awareness of fire door safety among facilities managers, fire doors inspected in many organisations are still not up to standard, according to research by a certificated fire door inspector body. 07/05/2015
  • Resilience for critical cooling systemsWith summer on its way, Gareth Holden offers advice on keeping the heat off through deployment of a critical cooling systems strategy. 06/05/2015
  • Investment in energy management is on the upMore companies are investing in solutions to gather energy data, with nearly 50 per cent of respondents to a survey indicating that they have energy or building management systems in place. 06/05/2015
  • Bellrock to keep Hugo Boss performing in styleProperty and facilities management provider Bellrock has been awarded a new contract with premium fashion retailer Hugo Boss UK. 05/05/2015
  • Wilson Vale extends dealings with Lafarge TarmacWilson Vale has been awarded a catering contract with Lafarge Tarmac at Stancombe Quarry near Bristol. 29/04/2015
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