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Building services articles

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


  • CIBSE Awards 2015 shortlist announcedThe Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has revealed its shortlist for its 2015 edition of the Building Performance Awards, which recognise the best examples of performance, innovation and practice in optimising how buildings work. 15/12/2014
  • Manage effective fire doorsWell-maintained fire doors can make the difference between life and death in an emergency, so it's worrying that inspectors say that most fire doors are not compliant and need some sort of work, says Neil Ashdown. 03/12/2014
  • M&E consulting duo form strategic joint ventureMechanical and electrical (M&E) engineering design consultancies Hurley Palmer Flatt and Manchester-based Hannan Associates have entered a strategic joint venture agreement. 28/11/2014
  • Corners are being cut on design in constructionDesign and planning is currently not considered an activity such as construction, which results in a rushed design in order to get on site quicker, delegates at a conference heard this morning. 27/11/2014
  • Interserve forms FM joint venture in Saudi ArabiaInterserve and the Arab Rezayat Group have announced the launch of a new joint venture business to provide facilities management services throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 27/11/2014
  • 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. 25/11/2014
  • Roundtable attendeesRoundtable attendees 25/11/2014
  • Roundtable glossaryRoundtable glossary 25/11/2014
  • Soft landings - the story so farSoft landings - the story so far 25/11/2014
  • CIBSE updates Guide M maintenance guidanceA guide for designers, maintainers, building owners and operators and FMs has been updated and published by The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). 25/11/2014
  • Carillion to provide FM for prisons in £40m dealCarillion has been appointed as preferred bidder to provide FM services in public sector prisons, worth up to approximately £200 million over five years. 20/11/2014
  • Standards: EN 81-20 lift designThe British Standards Institution (BSI) has just released the new European standards for lift design and manufacture, EN 8120 and EN 8150. Warren Jenchner explains why they are set to have a big impact on FM and the building industry. 04/11/2014
  • The perils of ignoring data centre load testingDave Wolfenden asks why, although testing a data centre before the client takes possession is integral to its creation, few IT pros look at the testing procedures that could affect its reliability. 04/11/2014
  • BIM Academy launches FM offerBIM Academy has launched a service for FM providers and other clients to incorporate BIM into the way they manage assets and conduct FM. 04/11/2014
  • Office service charges riseCommercial property service charges have risen year on year, although compliance with the RICS code of practice is improving, new research says. 04/11/2014
  • BIFM Awards - the FM showcaseThere's a single hour on a single day each year that's become quite the event in recent times, writes Martin Read. 03/11/2014
  • A future with Living WageLiving Wage week serves as an opportunity to encourage more employers to build these rates into their business models to ensure that their employees are receiving fair pay, blogs Chris Moriarty, head of insight and corporate affairs, BIFM. 03/11/2014
  • In Focus: Get ready for a chain reactionThe interviewee: Keith Chanter, chief executive, Emcor. The issue: Sustainability, recruitment and sector growth in FM. 21/10/2014
  • Levy extends £6m-a-year deal with London arts meccaLevy Restaurants UK, the sport, leisure and hospitality sector of Compass Group UK & Ireland, has extended its contract with Somerset House for a further 15 years. 10/10/2014
  • Bellrock enjoys rapid appointment to UKDN WaterflowProperty and facilities management provider Bellrock has won a contract with UKDN Waterflow to manage its warehouse, office and storage properties across the UK. 10/10/2014
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