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10 December 2016
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Articles on sustainability


  • 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
  • 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. 24/11/2016
  • 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
  • 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. 10/11/2016
  • FM providers' sustainability credentials continue to varyFindings from the fourth annual Sustainable Facilities Management Index (SFMI), a survey of FM providers about their sustainability credentials, have been published this morning. 10/11/2016
  • Building service firms report post-Brexit boostA poll conducted by the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) suggests that Brexit fears have failed to dent the business performance of building service firms. 04/11/2016
  • Crystal clearPhotovoltaic (PV) solar panels are well established as a renewable energy option. But what's next? FM World spoke to Dr Chris Case, chief technology officer at Oxford Photovoltaics, a spin-off of Oxford University, about the possibilities 04/11/2016
  • Air filtering indoor plantsIn 1989, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) published a research paper, Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement. 02/11/2016
  • Environment Agency shows landfill waste has halved since 2000The Environment Agency has published its figures for waste management in 2015. 01/11/2016
  • 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
  • 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
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