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29 September 2016
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Articles on sustainability


  • Labour promises a real living wageLabour would introduce a "real living wage" of at least £10 an hour if in power, delegates at the Labour Party heard this week. 29/09/2016
  • Council imposes financial penalties on Suez for missed waste collectionsCalderdale Council is imposing financial penalties on Suez recycling and recovery UK due to ongoing issues with waste and recycling collections in Calderdale. 29/09/2016
  • Estate of fluxNick Martindale puts organisational design under the microscope to find a business's genetic code the unifying principle that holds everything together 28/09/2016
  • BIM me upBuilding information modelling is being promoted for new-builds. But could it be just as effective for existing buildings? Laser surveying systems could be the answer, finds James Richards. 28/09/2016
  • Fool's goldTreasure can be found in strange places. Simon Hundal finds that some organisations are literally throwing money away. 22/09/2016
  • Greater dataManagers of data centres are under increasing pressure to make them more energy efficient. Here, Unite Technologies' Simon Terry looks at the management systems that can help optimise a data centre's power and energy efficiency. 22/09/2016
  • Alexander the GreatKeith Alexander, winner of this year's BIFM Award for Overall Industry Impact, talks to David Arminas about applying the visions of the 'modernist masters' to facilities management, in theory and in practice. 22/09/2016
  • Triskaidekaphobics rejoiceThe certainty of continued economic uncertainty makes it easy to fear the worst for the 21st century's thirteen year. Yet FM has much to be positive about, so here, David Arminas finds thirteen reasons why the sector should embrace the new year. 22/09/2016
  • Power to the peopleWith global energy prices soaring, organisations are looking to alternative sources of power. A new breed of in-house energy generation equipment has created an unfamiliar landscape of cost, benefit and risk, finds Nick Martindale. 22/09/2016
  • Missing the point?One of the government's tools to tackle building energy efficiency is not being used, not being enforced and has had its usefulness challenged by many in the industry. Is it time for Energy Performance Certificates to be reconsidered? 22/09/2016
  • Perfect settingsTemperature, air quality, space... environmental factors have a big impact on how well we perform our jobs. As Elisabeth Jeffries explains, this science is much more than just 'on-off'. 22/09/2016
  • All systems goUnder pressure to cut costs, BAE Sytems needed to rationalise its FM provision. David Arminas finds how success led it to win a coveted BIFM award in 2012. 22/09/2016
  • Every little helpsAt the largest retail distribution centre in Europe, Martin Read finds how FM is providing vital incremental productivity gains. 22/09/2016
  • The great outdoorsIn Richmond and Bushy parks, herds of deer literally do sweep majestically across the plains. For the Royal Parks that manage them and the contractors they use, these are beautifully exceptional workplaces with a job requirement that changes along with the seasons themselves. 22/09/2016
  • Creative cleaningWith margins in the sector tighter than ever, cleaning professionals are striving to think outside the box in terms of how to maximise value, explains Nick Martindale. 22/09/2016
  • Maintaining standardsMaintenance standard specification SFG20 has evolved. A new version offers users the ability to prioritise and customise the package. Here, Andrew Green, vice chairman of the SFG20 technical standards committee, explains how this impacts facilities professionals. 22/09/2016
  • Open all hoursBars in the workplace can encourage staff to socialise with each other, and can impress clients. But as Anna King explains, readily available alcohol can be detrimental to well-being and productivity. 22/09/2016
  • Crystal castleSiemens' temple of sustainability is the jewel in the crown of the London Green Enterprise District. But, as Lucy Black discovers, certain aspects could have been improved by consulting an FM. 22/09/2016
  • Level bestMaking apprenticeships in facilities management available from Levels 2 to 3 and now 4 to 5 has provided a gateway into the sector for those of all age groups and experience levels. It's a change that could see many more people choosing a career in FM, finds Martin Read. 22/09/2016
  • Who goes where?A raft of changes is expected to shake up the guarding industry in the coming years. 22/09/2016
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