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Feature articles

Read in-depth facilties management features, interviews with leading figures, round table reports and building case studies.

 

  • Pow wowThe role of FM in informing the design of a building prior to its construction may have been peripheral in the past, but that's all changing. 04 June 2013
  • Going viralThe threat of Legionnaires' disease is well known, but that hasn't led to a drop in the number of outbreaks. Sue Sharp examines the reasons why. 04 June 2013
  • Get a grip!Slips and trips are an ongoing issue for facilities managers, especially if the weather is bad. Trevor Horsley has advice on providing, maintaining and managing flooring to reduce the risks. 04 June 2013
  • The flame gameNot all fires are accidental, and the risk posed by arsonists - those who set fires out of sheer malice - needs to be managed. 04 June 2013
  • Lead roleThe theme of this year's ThinkFM conference is 'the leadership challenge'. Are FMs in a position to take a lead role in their organisations because of their breadth of reporting roles? Adam Bernstein reports. 03 June 2013
  • Island lifeThe new regional BIFM group for the Channel Islands has been welcomed enthusiastically. Martin Read reports on the unique environment for FM that exists in the bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey. 23 May 2013
  • Matter of tasteA challenging economic situation has changed the landscape for contract caterers. Customers can't afford to eat as many meals in the work environment and are looking for better value for money. 23 May 2013
  • Chair and chair alikeA year ago, Ismena Clout and Liz Kentish took on the roles of BIFM chair and deputy chair, respectively. It's been an eventful 12 months... 23 May 2013
  • Wireless wonders'Machine-to-machine' communication surely belongs in science fiction. However, as Jürgen Hase explains, buildings are increasingly able to adjust their own controls without any direct human involvement. 23 May 2013
  • Standard issueBS 11000 is known as 'The Collaboration Standard' since it is designed to advise organisations on best practice when working together. Is there evidence that it is succeeding in its aim? Kevin Stanley reports. 07 May 2013
  • Waste not, want notWith the impending publication of a BIFM guide on the topic, Tony Windsor looks at the drivers forcing facilities managers to take a closer look at their waste management obligations 07 May 2013
  • Cashless conundrumCashless payment systems are being challenged by self-contained contactless systems and near-field communication technology. So, asks Matthew Wright, what are the specification options? 07 May 2013
  • Healing touchTablet computers are replacing other communication devices for FMs working on Telereal Trillium's major government contract, improving key processes. Steve Castle explains. 07 May 2013
  • Bottling it upThe case for plumbed-in vs. delivered bottles of drinking water has moved on a step with refillable water bottles that can be branded, as Paul Proctor explains. 22 April 2013
  • Vat navFor VAT-exempt organisations, the decision to outsource services can add a tax liability that is difficult to justify. Here, Nick Martindale looks at why some organisations are revisiting the issue. 22 April 2013
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