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Ecobuild and BRE partner in new ‘wellbeing in the built environment’ research

BRE has been selected as the official ‘Research and Innovation Partner’ of Ecobuild – the leading, annual event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, taking place at London’s ExCeL from 4 to 6 March 2014. The partnership will ...

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RICS going for FM gold

Last night the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) took the gloves off in its battle with the other professional bodies to represent facilities management in the UK and worldwide. Launching its new Global Strategic Facilities Management (FM) Guidance Note ...

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Brits’ strangest meeting locations revealed

  Although it is rare nowadays to step into a coffee shop without seeing at least one meeting in full swing, flexible working for some UK executives can be more of an intrepid experience. In new research over 4000 business ...

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The days of fixed office hours and workstations are history

Increased customer expectations and flexible working patterns are being blamed for consigning the traditional “nine-to-five” to history. New research reveals that 93 per cent of us are working from home for part of the week whilst 76  per cent  work ...

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Workplace cyberbullying ‘worse than conventional bullying’

Cyberbullying – using modern communications technology such as e-mails, texts or web-postings to abuse people – is as common in the workplace as ‘conventional’ bullying. Yet, the way cyberbullying influences both the victim and witnesses is more hidden in the ...

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New task group to define zero carbon for non domestic buildings

  The UK Green Building Council is launching a new task group to help define and build support for an ambitious definition of zero carbon for non domestic buildings that works for industry. The policy for all new non domestic ...

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Human error ‘biggest cause’ of data centre failure

A leading provider of engineering services to data centres and other critical environments, has warned that without a comprehensive risk management approach to their data centre facilities, organisations face the risk of costly failures and significant harm to their reputation. ...

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BIFM and NEF to explore improving the use of energy in buildings

Improving the use of energy in buildings has a major financial and environmental impact, regardless of sector or type of organisation. With that in mind, the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and the National Energy Foundation (NEF) have partnered ...

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New report identifies three key factors affecting the workplace change

There are more baby boomers working in the UK than ever before; mixed-gender boards improve a company’s productivity; and badly designed open plan offices can reduce happiness and productivity – these are just some of the findings from Sodexo’s workplace ...

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Occupant smartphones to control building temperature at Warwick Uni

Phones and tablet computers are to be part of a new highly personalised heating and energy economy system thanks to an idea by Midlands company JSJS Designs Ltd, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) and the estates office at the University of ...

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