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21 October 2017
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News Analysis

Regular analysis of the leading stories in the facilities management industry. Comment on topics such as environmental issues, wellbeing in the workplace, the Living Wage and more.


  • Staying alert to Legionella perilLast month's spell of exceptionally hot weather will have put FMs on guard against the replication of Legionella in building water supplies but ever more vigilance is required. Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 03 July 2017
  • Soft landings: ready for take-off?The value of FM's input into an effective soft landings approach to new-build and refurbishment projects is well established. There remains, however, a debate about who should champion it. Jamie Harris reports. 29 June 2017
  • Regulation on trialWhile the public inquiry into the horrific Grenfell Tower fire goes on, details are emerging of the factors which led to the tragedy which claimed the lives of 79 people. Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 27 June 2017
  • Food and FM industry faces serious waste challengeThe catering industry is facing a tougher task than ever to cut back on the millions of tonnes of food waste disposed of each year. Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 06 June 2017
  • Think Tank: What measures does FM need from the next government?The nation is heading to the polling station. We asked: what manifesto pledges would the FM industry like to see make it into actual policy? 05 June 2017
  • How buildings can take a fitness testAt the tail end of March, a "cost-effective" certification system for promoting healthy workplaces in existing buildings was launched. What is this system, and what does it mean for FM professionals? Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 12 May 2017
  • ThinkFM 2017: How technology maps the way aheadThree of the guest speakers at BIFM's annual ThinkFM Conference on the 8 June give a sneak preview of their talks on data use in the workplace. 12 May 2017
  • Hot drink provision - how have trends changed?If there's one element of catering that has changed most surprisingly over the past decade or so, it's hot drink provision. Here, we reveal the findings of our recent Preference Poll, in association with FreshGround. 08 May 2017
  • Learner of the Year Awards to be launched at BIFM Achievement CeremonyLearners who have achieved a BIFM qualification in facilities management are invited to attend BIFM's second annual Achievement Ceremony taking place on 6 July. 08 May 2017
  • Savills predicts a business exodus to London's outer boroughsLondon's outer boroughs could provide greater flexible office space in future, according to a report by estate agent Savills. 05 May 2017
  • Data: Managing in the momentOur recent webinar addressed the issue of FM's ability to demonstrate the best possible performance from each member of facilities service personnel, using a data-driven approach to planning, monitoring, measuring and maximising the engagement and performance of the FM workforce. Here are some highlight quotes from the day. 12 April 2017
  • Think Tank: Informal, yet professionalThis month we asked if your organisation is carrying out, or has recently performed an 'informal yet professional' fit-out and if so, what effects has it had on both productivity and the sum of human happiness? 11 April 2017
  • FM team takes CIBSE plaudits - what goes into an award-winning university estate?The University of Bradford was named overall winner at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2017 - but why did it win? Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 13 March 2017
  • Think Tank: In retail, every little helpsThis month's Think Tank discussion looks at current facilities management priorities in one specific but crucial sector retail. What are the issues affecting the way FMs deliver service in this vital and ever-changing environment? 13 March 2017
  • Disruption and the disintermediatorsProfessor John Hinks, speaking at last month's Workplace Futures conference, spoke of how technology is presenting the FM sector with a trick-or-treat moment for a next-gen, data-led, service-led model. But, writes Martin Read, is FM ready to respond? 13 March 2017
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