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Building services articles

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


  • 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. 03/05/2013
  • BIFM sets up Channel Islands branchThe BIFM has opened a branch in the Channel Islands, after research showed a high level of interest for a way to sere FMs on the Islands. 26/04/2013
  • Costain pulls out of battle for May GurneyCostain will not make another offer for May Gurney, leaving the way clear for rival bidder Kier. 26/04/2013
  • Construction sector faces further fallCommercial construction is set to fall by 6.6 per cent this year, according to a report. 25/04/2013
  • Electrical safety at workJim Wallace finds that the new IET Code of Practice for maintaining the safety of electrical equipment will require a more robust approach to risk assessment. 22/04/2013
  • BIM4FM asks FMs for feedback on BIMA recently formed group championing the FM sector's involvement with building information modelling is asking FMs to complete a survey on the topic. 18/04/2013
  • Kier comes full Circle in £200m dealKier Services has signed two five-year, repair and maintenance contracts with Circle Housing Group, valued in excess of £200 million. 17/04/2013
  • NG Bailey awarded contract in retail sectorNG Bailey has landed a two-year contract with Land Securities to maintain a new 1 million sq feet shopping centre in Leeds. 16/04/2013
  • Unified communications investment set to increaseMore than three quarters of firms hav specific plans and budgets to implement some kind of unified communications and collaboration, new research says. 12/04/2013
  • M&E sector must diversify, claims reportMechanical and electrical contractors need to diversify to combat difficult trading conditions, which have seen the market value of M&E contracting fall by almost a quarter since 2008, according to research. 11/04/2013
  • Mitie launches first security apprenticeship schemeOutsourcing firm Mitie has launched the security sector's first full-time apprenticeship scheme. 08/04/2013
  • Cofely powers ahead at Dow CorningTechnical facilities and energy services contractor Cofely has won a contract to operate and maintain the combined heat and power (CHP) energy centre at Dow Corning's facility in Barry, South Wales. 08/04/2013
  • Europa secures TFM deal with RSAEuropa has won a three-year contract, providing building maintenence and soft FM services to global insurer RSA. 08/04/2013
  • Property investors set for higher returnsInvestors are to enjoy greater returns on commercial property this year, according to predictions from Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL). 05/04/2013
  • Europa signs M&E deal with IETEuropa is to provide mechanical and electrical maintenance in a three-year deal with the Institution of Engineering and Technology. 05/04/2013
  • Green building costs tumbleDesign and construction costs associated with green building are falling, according to a report from the World Green Building Council. 05/04/2013
  • Pest intentionsGreg Pitcher finds that the UK pest control market is now worth almost £350 million, according to recent research . 05/04/2013
  • Trend gameIn January, BIFM chair Ismena Clout took the reins for the third of the institute's Leaders Forum events. The focus was on emerging trends likely to have an impact on the sector, from the continuing economic uncertainty through to IT, recruitment and legislation. 04/04/2013
  • 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 04/04/2013
  • HawkingThe ancient practice of hawking is providing today's FMs with a cost-effective, humane and entirely natural method to deal with pest birds. 04/04/2013
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