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09 February 2016
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Articles on sustainability


  • New rules on hazardous waste compliance in EnglandBusinesses that produce hazardous waste will have to rethink compliance procedures because of a change in legislation that comes into force on 1st April. 03/02/2016
  • Greener, healthier shops 'bring in more profit'Retailers can improve the shopping experience for customers and potentially increase their profits by providing greener, healthier stores, says a report from the World Green Building Council. 02/02/2016
  • Government fails on its waste reduction targetThe UK government has missed its own waste reduction target, according to a report published at the end of last year by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). 22/01/2016
  • Getting the best out of biomass heatingBiomass heating systems are a cost-effective and sustainable solution for many buildings, yet without the proper system design, ongoing care and maintenance, installations may not perform to the best of their potential. Paul Clark looks at how to maximise returns in the long term 18/01/2016
  • OCS scores at CityCity Football Group has awarded a three-year facilities services contract to OCS. 18/12/2015
  • Viridor wins 25-year recycling deal in WalesTaunton-based Viridor has secured a contract from Tomorrow's Valley a group of four Welsh local authorities led by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council to transform 95,000 tonnes of residual waste annually into low-carbon energy and recycled aggregates. 10/12/2015
  • Analysis: The cognitive case for healthy buildingsAccording to a new study, the cognitive function of office workers is significantly better in green building conditions compared to conventional building conditions. So are organisations convinced? 09/12/2015
  • COP21: Business pledges huge building carbon cutsCarillion, Cofely and Camden Council among many other construction and FM companies have signed up to a series of pledges to cut carbon emissions from their buildings. 03/12/2015
  • Skanska UK nabs Level 2 BIM verificationSkanska UK has achieved company-wide Level 2 BIM Capability verification from BSI a requirement from April 2016 for new public sector contracts. 03/12/2015
  • AUDE appoints new executive officerJane White has taken up the role of executive officer at the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE). 03/12/2015
  • Study highlights BREEAM's role in carbon cutsBREEAM-assessed buildings achieve an average 22 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared with buildings designed to regulatory minimum performance requirements, says a new briefing paper. 03/12/2015
  • Comprehensive Spending Review: reaction from FMComprehensive Spending Review and Autumn Statement: reaction from the FM industry. 01/12/2015
  • Sustainability gap 'narrowing', says researchRecent research has found that the sustainability gap between how well private FM providers are performing compared within the UK market is narrowing. 25/11/2015
  • ESOS 'inherently unfair' for FM providersA director at Ward Security has described the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) as unsustainable and inherently unfair for many businesses that service the FM industry. 24/11/2015
  • Amey cleans up in 25-year deal on Isle of WightAmey has begun a major 25-year contract with Isle of White Council for waste and treatment services worth £225 million. 18/11/2015
  • The ultimate business principle: FM plus HREngaging employees and injecting meaning into each individual's role should be the ultimate business principle, according to Peter Cheese, the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD). 17/11/2015
  • Green buildings 'boost cognitive function'An American study has demonstrated that a high-quality indoor environment has a significant and positive impact on cognitive function. 06/11/2015
  • 'Good' buildings foster better occupant behaviourOccupant behaviour is a key driver of building management, but there can be a gap between performance on paper and in reality, according to experts and psychologists. 06/11/2015
  • Measuring energy efficiencyFMs must note rapidly changing legislation and take measurement of energy efficiency on board when specifying climate control systems, says Daikin UK's Graham Wright, 02/11/2015
  • Green buildings link to better cognition, finds studyThe cognitive function of office workers was significantly better in green building conditions compared to conventional building conditions, according to a new study. 27/10/2015
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