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17 January 2017
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Articles on sustainability


  • Cost is main obstacle to growth of energy efficiencyThe most commonly perceived barriers to energy efficiency are economic ones, according to research published by the government. 17/01/2017
  • 'Remove barriers for energy storage', asks solar industryCheaper, cleaner energy is possible, if the government removes barriers to storage and places stronger incentives on network operators, says the Solar Trade Association (STA). 17/01/2017
  • Veolia acquires Cynergin to boost energy growthVeolia has acquired an energy services company and energy performance contract (EPC) specialist Cynergin. 16/01/2017
  • Energy: the Legal LandscapeWhat impact will the past year's momentous events have on the energy challenges UK organisations face over the next 10 years and in particular, the regulatory demands for energy efficiency placed upon the property industry? Andrew Cooper, director at EVORA EDGE, looks at the compliance challenges. 16/01/2017
  • Are you afraid of the dark?We talk frequently about controlling energy expenditure, but what happens when energy supply fails entirely? What does full blackout protection look like, and to what extent can facilities managers help insure against the worst? Sara Bean reports 11/01/2017
  • Heat network regulationsChanges to the Heat Network regulations came into force at the end of 2016. Nathan Bradberry, a senior associate at law firm Bevan Brittan, explains the changes, and its implications for those involved 09/01/2017
  • Building engineer awarded MBEBuilding engineer Ant Wilson has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list. 06/01/2017
  • City heatSmart technology and government support is raising the appeal of district heating for both entire communities and industrial areas, explains Jeremy Bowden. 05/01/2017
  • Demanding attentionOpportunities for organisations to deploy demand-side response systems are expanding as technology improves and access to intermittent renewables grow. Jeremy Bowden reports. 05/01/2017
  • The benefits of renewable energy storageBill Wright, head of energy solutions at the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA), discusses energy storage. 03/01/2017
  • Preparing for power or cooling disruptionDeveloping a contingency plan for power outages or cooling plant disruptions can help ensure a drama doesn't turn into a disaster, writes Aggreko's Lewis Scremin. 03/01/2017
  • Councils crack down on waste dumpingCouncils are using new powers for a zero-tolerance crackdown on fly tipping, including dumping of commercial waste. 16/12/2016
  • FM's future wonder womenFour women made up the finalists for the Newcomer of the Year award this year. Here, we catch up with this new generation of FMs, including winner Pleun van Deurssen, to find out more about the people set to take the profession forward in the next 10 years. 16/12/2016
  • Mitie renews deal with Allianz Global Corporate & SpecialtyMitie has been awarded a three-year extension to its current integrated facilities management contract with Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) at its offices in the City of London. 01/12/2016
  • Environmental standards bodies to work togetherThe Building Research Establishment (BRE) and International Well Building Institute (IWBI) have agreed to pursue alignments between BRE's BREAMM environmental assessment method and IWBI's Well Building Standard. 28/11/2016
  • CIBSE conference focuses on creating breathing spacesIndoor air quality is fast being recognised as a priority concern in the world of well-being and the importance of being on top of the data was a main talking point at the recent CIBSE Building Performance Conference and Exhibition. 28/11/2016
  • Skanska secures Woking Borough Council contract extensionSkanska has been awarded a three-year extension to its existing facilities management contract with Woking Borough Council in Surrey. 22/11/2016
  • FMs are healthcare workers, says US researchThe facilities manager is more of a 'healthcare worker' of the workforce than a doctor, according to authors of significant research into how buildings can affect the health of workers. 21/11/2016
  • Bywaters to boost recycling at the Houses of ParliamentWaste management company Bywaters has been appointed to a waste collection and recycling contract for the Parliamentary Estate. 16/11/2016
  • Green offices boost bottom lineGreen offices do not just provide environmental benefits but also improve productivity and boost businesses' bottom line, according to research. 14/11/2016
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