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Articles on sustainability


  • National treasureThe National Trust aims to cut energy use by 20 per cent and is investing £30 million into schemes to derive half of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. Carolyn Cross reports. 20/05/2016
  • Engie forms energy JV with Cheshire East CouncilEngie (formerly Cofely GDF SUEZ) has been selected to form a joint venture (JV) with Cheshire East Council to create a new flagship company to promote eco-efficient district heating networks in the Borough. 20/05/2016
  • Green group gives five tips to optimise energy useAdopting a simpler metric target for measuring energy use is one of five key steps recommended to tackle the gap between building design and building performance, says a report by the UK Green Building Council. 20/05/2016
  • Business renters 'pay over the odds' for energyBusiness owners who rent their premises should take greater control over their finances, says a commercial energy price comparison firm. 17/05/2016
  • LED report casts light on its effects on humansHuman reaction to light sources should be a primary factor in deciding to deploy them, not just efficiency or cost, according to a report about people's responses to LED lighting. 16/05/2016
  • Scorecard to boost green status of universitiesThe Association of University Directors of Estates has launched a 'Green Scorecard' to help universities make their estates more sustainable. 12/05/2016
  • Orange revolution: How the Dutch do FMThe Netherlands is having no trouble luring an influx of young people into facilities management with innovations such as activity-based working and a service-led focus boosting its profile. Sara Bean finds out what it is that sets the Dutch art of FM apart 12/05/2016
  • CIBSE boss promises engineers an inspiring yearThe new president of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), John Field has urged engineers to raise the profile of the vital work the industry does by making buildings perform better. 10/05/2016
  • Birmingham's bid to help poor estates save energyMaking low-income estates in Birmingham more energy-efficient through low-carbon retrofit is one of the ways to deal with the city's built environment challenges, says a report by campaign body the UK Green Building Council (GBC). 09/05/2016
  • The skills gap: it's not just FMAttracting fresh talent is an issue just as important to the energy sector as it is FM. Jane Hutt and Rob Thornton-Jones explain how the power engineering sector is seeking to plug its own growing skills gap 04/05/2016
  • New pest control legislationIs your organisation legally compliant on pest control? David Lodge explains some imminent alterations to the laws protecting wildlife 25/04/2016
  • A lighter footprintSuresh Kumar explains how Tata Consulting Services' adoption of 100 per cent renewable energy at its UK offices last year is proving the credibility of carbon offsetting both in terms of the bottom line and employee wellbeing 20/04/2016
  • Cabinet Office sets business a £1bn social taskA £1 billion 'Buy Social' Corporate Challenge to encourage big businesses to procure the services of social enterprises has been launched by the Social Enterprise UK and the Cabinet Office. 18/04/2016
  • BIFM launches 10th Sustainability in FM surveyBIFM has launched its annual sustainability survey which looks at the way that facilities management professionals and the businesses they work for are engaging with the sustainability agenda. 12/04/2016
  • Living proofUnderstanding how client organisations work and what they need is key to creating successful workplaces. Richard Byatt considers the art and science of user briefing with a look at the WWF's award-winning Living Planet Centre 23/03/2016
  • In Focus: FM cuts the cost of powerForming energy divisions within FM businesses. Herpreet Kaur Grewal speaks to individuals from two companies that have done just that. 23/03/2016
  • Analysis: Government must focus on how to sign up more SMEs as suppliersA report from the National Audit Office as noted that while the proportion of public services spending through SMEs is increasing, government figures could be skewed by subcontractor work through larger service providers. Jamie Harris reports on the barriers that smaller firms are still facing. 21/03/2016
  • BIFM: Budget falls short on productivity driversBIFM chief executive James Sutton has suggested that Chancellor George Osborne's latest budget, delivered yesterday, was somewhat limited as regards the drive for greater productivity. 17/03/2016
  • Stable policies are key to cutting energy demandInconsistent policymaking and disjointed delivery are behind failures of energy efficiency policy, according to the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). 16/03/2016
  • Analysis: Which projects are actually energy-efficient?Commercial buildings in the UK may be producing an average of 3.8 times more carbon than estimated at their design stage, according to research from a government-appointed body. Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 10/03/2016
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