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Articles on sustainability


  • Crystal castleSiemens' temple of sustainability is the jewel in the crown of the London Green Enterprise District. But, as Lucy Black discovers, certain aspects could have been improved by consulting an FM. 17/12/2014
  • Acclaro index shows sustainability acumen of top FM firmsFacilities management organisations have increased their implementation of sustainability practices, according to the latest results of an annual study. 17/12/2014
  • Champagne scuppers Westminster catering mergerA proposed merger of catering departments at Westminster was rejected because members of the House of Lords feared the quality of champagne would suffer. 12/12/2014
  • Retail and FM must collaborate to save energy, says Crown adviserFacilities managers must work more closely with shop managers to improve energy efficiency in the retail sector, according to property manager the Crown Estate. 11/12/2014
  • Pitch perfectNearly 40 years since the original idea was first mooted, the Football Association's National Football Centre, St George's Park in Burton-on-Trent, opened last year. The FM challenge is to support the nation's ultimate aim of winning a World Cup, while accommodating a range of commercial activities 11/12/2014
  • Working chemistryThe move by pharmaceutical giant Astellas to refit and occupy an abandoned Norman Foster building has resulted in a BCO fit-out award and a burgeoning respect for the company's FM function. Martin Read reports. 11/12/2014
  • Event horizonExCeL London will host this year's Facilities Show in twelve weeks' time. But this multi-faceted venue is a colourful case study in facilities management itself, as Martin Read reports. 11/12/2014
  • Man aliveThe Isle of Man may have the oldest parliament in the world, but some of the FM issues it faces are entirely modern, as Martin Read and Sam Rafferty explain. 11/12/2014
  • What did apprenticeships ever do for me?National Apprenticeship Week runs from 3rd to 7th March, and while there's much to praise now that a full apprenticeship structure is in place across the profession, the people who can really explain the virtues of apprenticeships are former apprentices themselves. 11/12/2014
  • BEMS market set to reach $7 billion by 2020The building energy management system (BEMS) market is set to approach $7 billion by 2020, according to latest estimates by the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA). 10/12/2014
  • FM will 'play central role in looming energy crisis'Facilities management professionals will play a crucial role in the evolving energy debate, but knowledge and skill levels will need to increase if this is to happen, says a panel of energy experts. 01/12/2014
  • Improving the energy performance of buildingsBuilding owners must improve their understanding of building maintenance techniques or face serious cost and legal problems. Simon Carter puts the case. 28/11/2014
  • Waste legislationNew waste legislation coming in to force in the New Year requires the separate collection of waste paper, metal, plastic and glass. Alex Mirkovic looks at the forthcoming law and its implications for FMs. 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 wins £40m support contract with Exterion MediaSupport services and construction group Interserve has been awarded a seven-year contract covering various services including FM by Exterion Media, a leading provider of advertising and outdoor media space to the public transport sector. 25/11/2014
  • Helistrat awarded Ann Summers FM contractEnvironmental consultancy Helistrat is to provide cleaning and pest control services to retailer Ann Summers's head office and distribution centre. 20/11/2014
  • 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
  • Investors sold on sustainabilityCommercial property agent GVA is reporting a major increase in the number of properties being assessed against sustainability criteria. 17/11/2014
  • Asda signs Elster EnergyICT to cut energy billUK supermarket chain Asda has awarded IT company Elster EnergyICT a new five-year contract for delivery of its energy monitoring management platform. 13/11/2014
  • Boris welcomes BIFM bid to maintain paralympic legacyThe Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has welcomed a new standard released by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) for improving and maintaining accessibility and inclusion for disabled people in the built environment. 06/11/2014
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