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Read the latest facilities management news, including FM industry and business news, business analysis and event reports


  • Energy advisers call for clarity on renewablesA prominent energy advisory expert has welcomed a new call for the government to clarify its plans for growing renewable energy. 16 September 2014
  • Office occupancy highest since credit crunchOffice space take-up and occupancy rates in London have climbed to their highest level since the credit crunch, according to a study by TheCityUK. 16 September 2014
  • Former BIFM chair Ismena Clout has passed awayIsmena Clout, immediate past chair and honorary fellow of the BIFM, has passed away aged 40. 15 September 2014
  • Next govt 'will decide UK renewable future'The next government will be responsible for the UK succeeding or failing in meeting its 2020 renewable energy targets, says non-profit group the Renewable Energy Association (REA) as it sets out a blueprint for whichever party takes the helm. 15 September 2014
  • Acoustics experts 'should be part of building design'Companies should hire an 'acoustics expert' when designing its workspaces. 15 September 2014
  • Waste report calls for 'a circular economy'A report about achieving a circular economy, identifying the key waste and resource efficiency issues and possible solutions, has been published by the RWM Ambassadors. 12 September 2014
  • 'Only a quarter of British public knows how to save energy'Action must be taken to inform and empower individuals and organisations about improving the use of energy in buildings, as research published today shows the British public does not know as much it thinks it does. 12 September 2014
  • Flexible working is key to call for office spaceSeventy-six per cent of corporate real estate managers regard a flexible working environment as the primary factor affecting demand for office space in the short to medium term, says a report. 11 September 2014
  • Smart metering will only save '2 per cent a year'The costs of installing smart meters will work out at around £215 a home or small business over the next five years, warns an influential group of MPs. 11 September 2014
  • Building engineers must learn the construction supply chainBuilding engineering training programmes must be broad-based so that apprentices and students acquire not just the skills and competences of this sector alone, but also fully understand the operation of the entire construction supply chain, says the president of the Building & Engineering Services Association. 11 September 2014
  • What does the FM Framework agreement mean for the sector?Earlier this month the long-awaited Official Journal Of The European Union (OJEU) tender notice for a Facilities Management Services Framework Agreement was published. News editor Herpreet Grewal looks at the impact it could have on the FM sector. 10 September 2014
  • UK's FM sector sees strong M&A activityMerger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the UK's facilities management sector has rallied in the second quarter of 2014, with a 50 per cent increase in deal volumes over the previous quarter. 10 September 2014
  • FDs plan to raise more cash for universitiesSixty-one university finance directors say they plan to invest more money into facilities for teachers and students. 09 September 2014
  • The EHRC's Invisible Workforce report: a closer lookFacilities management is often described as an underappreciated profession. So it's not really a surprise that last month's report Invisible Workforce about the cleaning industry a key part of FM reflected how unacknowledged cleaning staff often feel, writes Herpreet Grewal. 08 September 2014
  • Think tank: good practice with cleaning staffHow many of the recommendations in the recent EHRC report concerning cleaners do firms already practice? It's a mixed picture, as our latest poll responses suggest. 08 September 2014
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