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Articles on sustainability


  • FMs have key role in making buildings greenFacilities managers have a key role to play when it comes to making buildings energy efficient but they are not incentivised or paid enough to do so, according a panel debate about sustainability. 23/04/2014
  • Bird-proofing buildingsFeral doves, pigeons and gulls are the FM's main avian foes and all are designated as pests by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs. Dan Steward offers advice on the best methods to deter the nuisance. 23/04/2014
  • Energy audits help with maintenance of buildingsEnergy audits should be carried out regularly on buildings as a part of maintenance contracts, say professionals in the sector. 23/04/2014
  • A clean sweepAre retail organisations getting the best from their cleaning contractor or is service supplier size a guide to performance? David Purdy offers the smaller contractor's perspective 22/04/2014
  • BIFM launches annual green surveyThe BIFM has launched its eighth annual survey to investigate how facilities management professionals are embedding sustainability into their practices. 16/04/2014
  • Carbon database for buildings launchedThe UK's first publicly available carbon database for buildings has been launched. 16/04/2014
  • Efficiency in fleet managementPoor management of an organisation's fleet can result in high fuel and vehicle maintenance costs as well as increased insurance premiums. Giles Margerison considers how modern GPS tracking technology can help tackle the problem. 15/04/2014
  • Gone in 60 secondsNew European standards and legislation are among the issues that need to be considered when specifying the most effective evacuation solution for a building, as Adam Bernstein reports 15/04/2014
  • 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. 15/04/2014
  • Greater dataManagers of data centres are under increasing pressure to make them more energy efficient. Here, Unite Technologies' Simon Terry looks at the management systems that can help optimise a data centre's power and energy efficiency. 10/04/2014
  • Open all hoursBars in the workplace can encourage staff to socialise with each other, and can impress clients. But as Anna King explains, readily available alcohol can be detrimental to well-being and productivity. 10/04/2014
  • Level bestMaking apprenticeships in facilities management available from Levels 2 to 3 and now 4 to 5 has provided a gateway into the sector for those of all age groups and experience levels. It's a change that could see many more people choosing a career in FM, finds Martin Read. 10/04/2014
  • Who goes where?A raft of changes is expected to shake up the guarding industry in the coming years. 10/04/2014
  • Legacy issuesWith part of the Olympic Park now officially re-opened to the public, Jamie Harris looks at how London's Olympic venues are being adapted for their future functionality. 10/04/2014
  • 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. 10/04/2014
  • 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. 07/04/2014
  • Estates of mindAlthough business and academe are becoming ever more entwined in a common goal to mould the minds of the future, their way of working differs fundamentally. Ricky Taylor explains why the transition to a leaner, meaner estate in academia may be more challenging than in other sectors. 24/03/2014
  • 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. 24/03/2014
  • For the fallenA hundred years on from Britain's entry into the Great War, the nation's memorials are under threat as never before from vandalism, accidents, erosion and corporate change. Here, Frances Moreton, director of the War Memorials Trust, explains how FMs can be guardians of remembrance. 24/03/2014
  • Reducing noise levels indoorsKenneth Freeman, head of innovation for Ambius, discusses how plants can be used to prevent unwanted noise in buildings. 24/03/2014
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