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28 June 2017
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Building services articles

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


  • Environmental standards bodies to work togetherThe Building Research Establishment (BRE) and International Well Building Institute (IWBI) have agreed to pursue alignments between BRE's BREAMM environmental assessment method and IWBI's Well Building Standard. 28/11/2016
  • CIBSE conference focuses on creating breathing spacesIndoor air quality is fast being recognised as a priority concern in the world of well-being and the importance of being on top of the data was a main talking point at the recent CIBSE Building Performance Conference and Exhibition. 28/11/2016
  • Security expo offers anti-terrorism lessons for FMsA UK security expo including a session on how FMs can evaluate the risks to buildings in a climate where a terrorist threat is more likely takes place in London at the end of this month. 22/11/2016
  • New building services 'wiki' to help FMs in tall structuresThe Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has launched a 'wiki' to help it develop the building services industry's first technical guidance and standards for systems in tall buildings. 17/11/2016
  • Report indicates a positive outlook for FM in NigeriaThe BIFM and its committee in Nigeria have published the findings from the Facilities Management Business Confidence Monitor 2016/17 Nigeria. 16/11/2016
  • BSRIA introduces floor plenum guideThe Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) has published a guide to floor plenums the voids between a building's floor structure and a raised access floor used for distributing air to the spaces above. 10/11/2016
  • Disabled suffer obstacles in accessing public buildingsA lack of access to public buildings and open spaces is one of the concerns raised in the submitted evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee's inquiry into disability and the built environment. 20/10/2016
  • Construction sector must 'modernise or die', says reportBritain's construction industry faces inexorable decline unless radical steps are taken to address its longstanding problems, according to an independent review commissioned by two government departments. 19/10/2016
  • International deal struck to eliminate HFC coolant gasesA global deal has been agreed to phase out the use of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), the gases used in air conditioning and refrigeration. 18/10/2016
  • Mitie lands £60m airports FM dealMitie has won a £60 million facilities management contract with Manchester Airports Group (MAG). 17/10/2016
  • Interserve signs £37.5m retail deal with Land SecuritiesLand Securities is to have Interserve providing security, cleaning, customer service support and waste management across eight of its shopping centres. 17/10/2016
  • Changing prison design could aid rehabilitation of offendersDesigning and operating prison buildings in specific ways could halve assaults on staff and significantly reduce the stress under which staff work, says a panel of experts including prison managers, psychologists and criminologists. 13/10/2016
  • ''Remedial works'' required at Coventry PFI hospital"Remedial works" required at Coventry PFI hospital 13/10/2016
  • Ready for work?The launch earlier this year of the BIFM's operational readiness guide was the latest event seeking to ensure that FM is linked at every stage to the design and construction process. But, ask Martin Read and Jamie Harris, is the wider construction sector receptive to the FM's message? 11/10/2016
  • Where is FM in the BIM conversation?Paul Wilkinson explains how BIM has evolved over the past five years and looks at milestones in FM's involvement thus far. Is FM taking its theoretically rightful place in the construction project spotlight? 03/10/2016
  • 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
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