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After the success of the report “Setting the foundations for net zero”, published in conjunction with BAM FM, the Sustainable Facilities Management Index (SFMI) are now looking at their next research topic. The current proposed subject areas are Climate Resilience, Biodiversity Net- Gain, Circular Economy, Social Value and Diversity & Inclusion.
Sara Bean, Editor of FMJ, shares her views on what the coming year will hold for facilities management, particularly around devising sustainability strategies in their widest form, including economic, environmental, and social factors.
In a turbulent year, a fast, effective flexible style of working has launched FM as recognised vital frontline service. But what happens next? If the vaccine cavalry we have been promised proves as effective as we are hoping, does the FM sector sit back and resume its previous role in the pecking order?
All of FM is embracing new practices in sustainable facilities management for the very real positive impact they have, and discovering the financial rewards they can bring too. This free ebook shares casestudies and knowledge on the challenges and solutions.
Facilities Show 2020 asked almost 300 facilities managers to explain the importance of sustainability to their organisation. The results are enormously positive, with around 80% of respondents declaring sustainability to be a major priority at board- or departmental level.
Half of the UK’s carbon footprint comes from the built environment. Rising energy costs and growing pressure to reduce this footprint have forced many businesses to change their ways.
Cleaning is an often-underappreciated part of facilities management. Cleaners are frequently taken for granted, and the real and measurable impact a clean office can have on wellbeing, motivation and productivity is rarely considered.
With an average of four people in each household in the UK, each flushing the cistern five times a day, the amount of water expended is significant. The consideration for toilet systems in commercial buildings is even higher - plus there is the Co2 expended in the pumping water from the mains.
Today, facilities managers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact their buildings have on the environment. The answer is smart energy management – monitoring and controlling energy usage within a building or organisation to ensure it is used more efficiently.
With commercial energy prices hiking and grid insecurity concerns increasing, blended energy programmes are becoming ever-more commonplace for businesses nationwide. Here, Tim Broadhurst, CCO at CooperOstlund, discusses the discrepancies between energy tariffs and gives his advice for businesses considering adopting combined heat and power (CHP) technology to generate energy on-site.
David Stevens, Vice Chair of CIBSE FM Group and Richard Boyd, Materials Consultant at Arup, have been exploring the implications of circular economy thinking for MEP systems in buildings, in design, operation and end-of-life in a research project funded by Arup's Global Research Challenge and supported by Scheider Electric.
With student climate strikes a regular occurrence at the moment, schools across the country are realising that sustainable school buildings are the way to students’ hearts.
Perception in the cleaning industry is that to enhance product quality, and specifically, to ensure the greenest products possible, product costs will need to increase. This is a major challenge against an industry backdrop that is dominated by diminishing budgets and the need to reduce costs.
Facilities managers can achieve considerable savings by investing in more energy efficient equipment. Search suppliers and products on the Energy Technology List to inform your purchasing decisions.