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  • Going to wasteTaking a firm grip on your waste management policy means being realistic about your goals, especially if you want to achieve 'zero waste to landfill'. Martin Read reports. 25 March 2013
  • Who goes where?A raft of changes is expected to shake up the guarding industry in the coming years. 25 March 2013
  • Estate of fluxNick Martindale puts organisational design under the microscope to find a business's genetic code the unifying principle that holds everything together 11 March 2013
  • 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. 11 March 2013
  • 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. 25 February 2013
  • History of FM: Pro-motionIn 1991, more than 90 IBM employees bought out the company's FM division. The resulting business, Procord, went on to blaze a trail in outsourced FM provision before being acquired by Johnson Controls in 1994. In this interview, Leigh Carter talks to David Burnett and Ian Mills, two of the people who made the move from IBM to Procord and who became instrumental in the service contractor's subsequent success. 25 February 2013
  • 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 February 2013
  • 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. 18 February 2013
  • 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. 11 February 2013
  • Every little helpsAt the largest retail distribution centre in Europe, Martin Read finds how FM is providing vital incremental productivity gains. 31 January 2013
  • 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 January 2013
  • 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. 28 January 2013
  • 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'. 28 January 2013
  • 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? 14 January 2013
  • First principles: History of FMBefore the BIFM there was the AFM the Association of Facilities Managers. That organisation's last chairman, Geoff Gidley, played a key role in the merger of the AFM with the Institute of Facilities Management (IFM) to form today's BIFM. Here, in the BIFM's 20th year, Gidley talks to his successor and the combined institute's first chairman, Marilyn Standley, about the institute's earliest days. 14 January 2013
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