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Includes advice on good facilities management practice and legal issues, plus 'How to...' guides on common issues.


  • Refurbish a roof with minimal disruptionMending the roof of an occupied building is a balancing act between the needs of the building and the needs of those doing their jobs inside. John McMullan considers the FM's role. 20 August 2015
  • 10 top rules to protect against the dangers of confined spacesIt is by no means exhaustive, but this list of 10 steps is certainly a step in the right direction for protecting you and your staff, says Lee Yearwood. 20 August 2015
  • Writing a fire safety policyFire safety arrangements will vary depending on factors such as the type of organisation, the size and complexity of the property and staffing. But all must be both clear-cut and strictly enforced, says Allison Connick. 19 August 2015
  • Installing and maintaining PV systemsFor facilities managers concerned with sustainability and rising energy prices, the benefits of installing solar panels or Photovoltaic arrays onto the roofs of their buildings are clear to see. But is the process as straightforward as you might think? 18 August 2015
  • Flood risk and water pollution containmentA flood, pollution spill or fire incident are the 'what if' scenarios no business ever wants to contemplate. David Cole explains how to manage the risk and demonstrate regulatory compliance. 16 July 2015
  • Making the office mobile-friendlyThe list of utilities serving a commercial building now has to include wireless connectivity. And with new planning guidelines and tech developments, this should now be easier to achieve, says Philip Sorrells. 01 July 2015
  • Approach segregated waste managementAs the legislative landscape around waste management and recycling shifts in line with the EU's drive to be more environmentally friendly, Jo Williams outlines the key waste and recycling issues for FMs. 18 June 2015
  • Optimise your data operationThere are several technology enhancements and energy initiatives that can be implemented to improve a data centre's efficiency, says Peter Mosley. 04 June 2015
  • Write a health and safety policyA good health and safety policy must be clear, concise, well-signposted and show a clearly designated line of responsibility, says Louise Hosking. 04 June 2015
  • Pest practice: dealing with nuisance birdsThere are several methods available to help to deter nuisance birds and stop them settling in urban areas, says David Cross. 07 May 2015
  • Keeping your facilities rodent-freeAny building is at risk from pests, but large office facilities, which are a hive of activity during the day but largely unoccupied at night, are particularly vulnerable to rodent infestations, warns David Cross. 23 April 2015
  • Incorporate biophilic design into the workplaceIncorporating nature-inspired design into the workplace has proven physical and psychological benefits for the occupants, but how can FMs go about practically including natural elements into the office? Oliver Heath explains. 23 April 2015
  • Improving concierge servicesThere are five key matters that FMs need to consider to improve service quality when implementing a new strategy in concierge services, explains Julie Hulme. 09 April 2015
  • Introduce vending into your businessDark as dishwater' instant coffee and frustratingly common machine breakdowns are becoming a thing of the past, says David Wilson. 09 April 2015
  • M&E in education facilitiesCarrying out mechanical and electrical engineering during a school day requires a clear strategy so do your homework, says David Davis. 09 April 2015
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