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26 November 2015
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  • Safeguard passive fire protectionPassive Fire Protection in commercial buildings is vital for FM's to contain fires to the point of origin and prevent flames and smoke from spreading, writes Richard Nichols. 13 November 2015
  • Warming up for winter maintenancePreparing for winter can cut disruptions your FM team might face. This excerpt from the BIFM Good Practice Guide to Winter Maintenance draws on best practice. 30 October 2015
  • Prevent urban explorers accessing propertiesUrban exploring has proliferated in recent years despite the risks. FMs must prevent urban explorers accessing empty properties, says Mark Williams. 08 October 2015
  • Seven questions to ask before refitting your workplaceCorporate workplace redesign is no longer merely a matter of a lick of paint and some new furniture, but integral to the business, as Mark Bradshaw explains. 02 October 2015
  • Air con systems: cleaning coilsThe key to lower building costs and fresher air is a clean air conditioning system, says Barry Lea, who offers FMs essential advice on A/C maintenance. 02 October 2015
  • Training: Aspects to considerPeople are the biggest asset of any FM business, so employee training is key to your overall success, says Frank Clayton. 25 September 2015
  • Worker wellbeing in a world of 'bring your own device' remote workingWhat do employers need to do to ensure that employees are free to work in a more fluid way, while still meeting their wellbeing obligations? Dave Usher offers useful advice. 22 September 2015
  • M&E: Five considerations for FMsCommunication is everything when carrying out a mechanical and engineering project. David Davis outlines the FMs role for making things run smoothly. 22 September 2015
  • 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
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