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21 October 2016
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Articles on sustainability


  • 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
  • Going beyond greenSustainability priorities, and FM's ability to oversee their implementation, have changed considerably in the 10 years since BIFM's first sustainability survey report in 2007. But of huge significance is the topic's growing social and economic dimensions, as Martin Read reports. 14/10/2016
  • Government must do more to cut carbon footprint of buildingsCurrent policy in the UK is not enough to deliver the carbon budgets that Parliament has set and requires specific measures in buildings to tackle this, warns the body advising the UK Government on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 13/10/2016
  • High TEC SolutionEnvironmental sustainability has many facets, but the variety on show in Britain's greenest building, the multi-award winning Enterprise Centre (TEC) in Norfolk, is impressive indeed 12/10/2016
  • Living for the CityOur planet is urbanising at a breathtaking rate, with 70 per cent of the world's population set to be living in a city by the year 2050. How sustainability is approached from a city-wide perspective is thus of ever increasing importance. Martin Read looks at developments likely to impact FM in due course 12/10/2016
  • Park life coachNew York's iconic Central Park is as much an example of social as it is environmental sustainability. Jamie Harris visited the team that now aims to impart its locally inclusive best practice for public park management throughout the USA 12/10/2016
  • A measure of social enterpriseUnder the Social Value Act, organisations can make their presence felt in three key areas under the social element of sustainability people, place and economy. But, asks Nick Martindale, how do you measure those effects accurately? 12/10/2016
  • Burying vertical garden mythsGreen walls are aesthetically pleasing but impossible to maintain? Not so, says the team at Enterprise Plants, which here details five common misconceptions 12/10/2016
  • Norwich's The Enterprise Centre named best workplace in UKNorwich's The Enterprise Centre was named as the 'best of the best' workplace at the British Council for Offices' (BCO) annual National Awards in London last night. 05/10/2016
  • Suez moves to remedy waste collection problems in CalderdaleSuez has said it is working to an action plan to rectify issues concerning its recycling and waste collection services in Calderdale, near Leeds, after the council imposed financial penalties on it. 03/10/2016
  • Labour promises a real living wageLabour would introduce a "real living wage" of at least £10 an hour if in power, delegates at the Labour Party heard this week. 29/09/2016
  • Council imposes financial penalties on Suez for missed waste collectionsCalderdale Council is imposing financial penalties on Suez recycling and recovery UK due to ongoing issues with waste and recycling collections in Calderdale. 29/09/2016
  • Estate of fluxNick Martindale puts organisational design under the microscope to find a business's genetic code the unifying principle that holds everything together 28/09/2016
  • BIM me upBuilding information modelling is being promoted for new-builds. But could it be just as effective for existing buildings? Laser surveying systems could be the answer, finds James Richards. 28/09/2016
  • Fool's goldTreasure can be found in strange places. Simon Hundal finds that some organisations are literally throwing money away. 22/09/2016
  • 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. 22/09/2016
  • Alexander the GreatKeith Alexander, winner of this year's BIFM Award for Overall Industry Impact, talks to David Arminas about applying the visions of the 'modernist masters' to facilities management, in theory and in practice. 22/09/2016
  • Triskaidekaphobics rejoiceThe certainty of continued economic uncertainty makes it easy to fear the worst for the 21st century's thirteen year. Yet FM has much to be positive about, so here, David Arminas finds thirteen reasons why the sector should embrace the new year. 22/09/2016
  • Power to the peopleWith global energy prices soaring, organisations are looking to alternative sources of power. A new breed of in-house energy generation equipment has created an unfamiliar landscape of cost, benefit and risk, finds Nick Martindale. 22/09/2016
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