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Articles on sustainability


  • Carbon footprint:using servers/computers to heat officesWith appropriate regulation and contractual packages unlocking investment, tomorrow's world could actually be a golden age for building efficiency, says Simon Hobday. 26/02/2015
  • Natural selectionWhen the office environment fails to offer sufficient natural light, or indeed any views of the outside world, what can be done? Paul Reynolds of CCD Design reports 26/02/2015
  • See the lightThe stipulations of the Energy Act 2011 will come into effect in 2018, but it's important that the implications for FMs and commercial property landlords are understood now. Here, Alan D White of Property Solutions outlines a plan of action. 25/02/2015
  • In Focus: Sustaining the Olympic legacyThe interviewee: Paul Goodridge, divisional director, Vinci Facilities UK The issue: Facilities management of stadiums 25/02/2015
  • Analysis: Legislation yet to make its markThe Social Value Act came into force two years ago. Hepreet Grewal reports on the Social Value Act review, published earlier this month. 24/02/2015
  • FM must develop new markets to bolster growthThe facilities management market has exhibited good levels of growth for the past 20 years, but maintaining a high standard of service will be key in continuing this, according to the latest market research. 19/02/2015
  • Think Tank: The big public retrofitThe Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) is calling for the next government to do more to incentivise carbon efficiency in buildings. 18/02/2015
  • BIFM publishes ESOS guidanceBIFM has published a new guidance note, supported by the Energy Managers Association (EMA) which outlines the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). 16/02/2015
  • Mitie renews Edinburgh FM deal with Standard LifeMitie has extended its contract with savings and investment company Standard Life. 16/02/2015
  • Amey handles waste recycling in Central BedsCentral Bedfordshire Council has chosen Amey to run its four household waste recycling centres. 16/02/2015
  • Best practice: print management servicesPrint management services covers everything from sourcing paper, ink and printer hardware to document management and some mailroom services. But what are the trends in the market? James Gilding of Mitie's total document management business explains. 16/02/2015
  • Cleaning with chemicalsMost day-to-day cleaning operations will require a number of chemical products to carry out the work. But just how toxic are cleaning supplies? And is there a safer alternative? Jamie Harris reports. 16/02/2015
  • Analysis: BBC must make its estate payA National Audit Office (NAO)report published last month concludes that the BBC needs to make better use of space to optimise the value for money of its estate. Herpreet Grewal spoke to the BBC's Chris Kane on the issue. 13/02/2015
  • Hong Kong's ICC lands CIBSE FM awardThe 2015 CIBSE Building Performance Awards winners have been announced. 13/02/2015
  • Plan to abolish DECs 'beggars belief'The government has announced proposals that could see the abolition of Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for 54,000 public buildings in England and Wales. 12/02/2015
  • Waste not, want notDumping our refuse into holes in the ground is no longer affordable, desirable or sustainable. The exigencies of the economy demand that FMs should look on waste as having a useful longevity, reports Herpreet Kaur Grewal. 12/02/2015
  • Energy - an evolving marketTechnological and commercial innovation is accelerating as the European power market reaches the vital nexus between renewable and traditional power, as Nigel Blackaby reports. 09/02/2015
  • The LED lighting conundrumLED lighting is the technology to slice energy costs it's the future, we are told. Or is it? Jamie Harris speaks to Dominic Meyrick, partner at Hoare Lea, about the myths and misconceptions of lighting in the workplace. 09/02/2015
  • Document management - going paper-freeKeeping all your company data on paper is not only old-fashioned and cumbersome in the modern world it could pose as much of a threat to your business as computer hacking, warns Phil Greenwood of Iron Mountain. 09/02/2015
  • Air conditioning and refrigeration costs and the banning of R22In the light of new rules on hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) the next time the building's air conditioning system breaks down FMs will have much to consider, says Linda Fletcher. 09/02/2015
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