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  • 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. 29 January 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. 29 January 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. 29 January 2015
  • A long-distance runPaul Emmanuel joined the Olympic Delivery Authority at its birth and was there at the end to close its final office. Martin Read finds out how what was at first an interim position turned into an all-encompassing and unforgettable role in FM. 29 January 2015
  • How to finance a fit-outTo own or not to own that is the question. In this era of renting software and other products, we are increasingly accustomed to the idea of having, but not being tied to a range of products. So does leasing office furniture and interiors make financial sense? Mark Eltringham reports. 21 January 2015
  • Stairway to healthObesity is an immense problem, said the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in November. Sadly, that wasn't a joke. But workers can increase exercise to lose weight even at work and FMs can help by adopting the StepJockey Initiative, claims director Nina Whitby. 19 January 2015
  • Service in storeTesco Maintenance & Energy's Format Team has been named the BIFM in-house FM Team of the Year, for its innovative approach to the maintenance of the entire UK Tesco estate. Sara Bean finds out how the change has benefited Tesco colleagues and its customers 04 December 2014
  • All the King's menA major review of a 25-year build-and-operate PFI at King's College London has led to all of the client's staff, those of contractor Bouygues Energy & Services, and the student end-users themselves, engaging in provision of the facilities service. Martin Read reports. 02 December 2014
  • The soft sellAre the principles of soft landings a 'graduated handover' of a building project to its occupiers once complete fully accepted? And is FM ready for its role in the project spotlight? Our round table, sponsored by Gardiner & Theobald, considered the issues. 25 November 2014
  • Having an edgeEdge Hill University has followed up its 2013 BIFM award for in-house client team by winning the 2014 BIFM Excellence in Customer Service award for its Welcome Sunday initiative, and it's all down to its highly motivated, customer-centric FM team, says Sara Bean. 17 November 2014
  • Glasgow blissBy garnering the views of its staff, global telecoms company Three transformed its tired and dated Glasgow office into a workspace where Every Day is Wonderful. On 13 October, the project won the 2014 BIFM award for impact on organisation & workplace. Sara Bean reports. 10 November 2014
  • Bearing sustainabilityThe sustainable workplace sounds a fine idea, but actually trying to enforce it or living in the midst of the changes required can be another matter. Elisabeth Jeffries reports. 10 November 2014
  • Newton's laws of attractionIn his retail and financial FM roles over the years, Chris Newton's natural enthusiasm has seen every operational and property management function in the book gravitating towards him. Now, he's the BIFM 2014 Facilities Manager of the Year. Martin Read reports. 03 November 2014
  • On the waterfrontHandy for ExCeL and The O2, London's superyacht hotel feels more like a retired cruise ship than an adventure playground for the super-rich. 20 October 2014
  • Military precisionEx-service personnel have already learned how to 'be the best'. They can give and take instructions and have the logistical nous to take over in a crisis all of which should feature in the CV of a good FM, says Kevin Stanley. 08 October 2014
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