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25 February 2017
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Building services articles

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


  • Optimum's maintenance a welcome additionOptimum Group Services has seen its maintenance contract with the Wellcome Trust extended for a further two years. 24/11/2015
  • In full flightAlan Russell, head of facilities management at Heathrow Airport for Terminal 5, has made the most of what's turned out to be an ideal environment for an ambitious, self-starting engineering & facilities manager. Martin Read reports. 16/11/2015
  • Green buildings 'boost cognitive function'An American study has demonstrated that a high-quality indoor environment has a significant and positive impact on cognitive function. 06/11/2015
  • 'Good' buildings foster better occupant behaviourOccupant behaviour is a key driver of building management, but there can be a gap between performance on paper and in reality, according to experts and psychologists. 06/11/2015
  • ThinkTank: Standing up for a fitter workforce?A few months ago we asked you whether the broader aspects of displaced working third spaces, hot-desking and flexible working were having an effect on the people you serve. 05/11/2015
  • Security should be key in building designSecurity must be a primary consideration in building design, according to experts. 05/11/2015
  • London office vacancies head for historic lowThe office vacancy rate in central London it the lowest for 14 years and is expected to reach a record low in the next two years, according to research. 04/11/2015
  • Fire sector calls for guidance reviewThe Fire Sector Federation (FSF) and Construction Industry Council (CIC) are calling for change to Building Regulations Guidance, which they say does not reflect modern building design and use. 04/11/2015
  • Building services SMEs 'not ready' for BIMSmall and medium-sized firms could be frozen out of billions of pounds of central government contracts, says the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA). 04/11/2015
  • Measuring energy efficiencyFMs must note rapidly changing legislation and take measurement of energy efficiency on board when specifying climate control systems, says Daikin UK's Graham Wright, 02/11/2015
  • Make your building a safe haven from pollutionThe poor standard of air quality in buildings is an increasingly serious issue that has been highlighted by the recent VW diesel emissions scandal, says Giuseppe Borgese. 02/11/2015
  • Let the assets to the talkingAs the FM industry has increasingly needed to do more for less, the maintenance culture has changed from the unpredictability of reactive work to a best in class model of using more planning, scheduling and preventive work, writes Steve Edgson of Asset Handling. 26/10/2015
  • Common mistakes to avoid during periodic inspection and testingPeriodic inspection and testing forms part of the routine maintenance programme for any electrical services on a site. Intersafe's Adrian Pendle warns of common mistakes. 22/10/2015
  • Under 6% of companies 'fully ready' for BIMFewer than one in six firms (16 per cent) in the building services sector are 'fully ready' to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) on projects, according to a survey from the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA). 20/10/2015
  • Air con systems: cleaning coilsThe key to lower building costs and fresher air is a clean air conditioning system, says Barry Lea, who offers FMs essential advice on A/C maintenance. 02/10/2015
  • Standards: BSI 8536-1:2015The new BSI 8536-1:2015 code creates better design and construction briefings for facilities managers, says Brian Atkin. 30/09/2015
  • M&E: Five considerations for FMsCommunication is everything when carrying out a mechanical and engineering project. David Davis outlines the FMs role for making things run smoothly. 22/09/2015
  • The 'well' building standardJames Cornwell explains the thinking behind the new WELL Building Standard and the benefits it could bring to the built environment. 22/09/2015
  • Norse renews school catering deals in NorfolkSupport services group Norse's schools catering division has announced extensions to a further 10 of its schools contracts. 14/09/2015
  • Sodexo wins Exeter schools IFM contractSodexo Education has won a contract worth £4m annually to provide integrated facilities management to six schools in Exeter. 11/09/2015
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