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Workplace daylight exposure linked to sleep, activity and quality of life levels

Enhancing indoor lighting may improve office workers’ physical well-being and sleep quality finds new research. A new study demonstrates a strong relationship between workplace daylight exposure and office workers’ sleep, activity and quality of life. Compared to workers in offices ...

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Bacteria found in 93% towels used to clean hospital rooms even after laundering

New study results published online in the American Journal of Infection Control found that 93 per cent of tested laundered towels used to clean hospital rooms contained bacteria that could result in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).   While stringent disinfecting practices ...

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UK businesses pay the price of ineffective climate control

Companies are making a false economy when they ignore the need for effective climate control in their establishments. Ventilation systems provider Cosaf claims business owners who ignore the importance of providing their staff with quality working conditions are paying the price ...

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Global banks set to streamline real estate portfolios still count on London

London still remains a likely growth area for the banks looking to consolidate their global estate new research has found. Seventy two per cent of banks with a presence in Central London plan to streamline their real estate portfolios over the next two years ...

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Shopping centre retailers aren’t buying into the sustainability agenda

Most shopping centre retailers are not buying into the sustainability agenda according to a new study. Traditional adverse relationships between shopping centre landlords and retailers are seen as a barrier to managing outlets more sustainably, the research published by the College ...

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Britain’s workers use their commutes to become more productive

Savvy Brits are using their commute to extend their working day and become more productive, according to research. In a survey of over 2,000 British workers by recruiter Randstad, the number of employees who work while they commute has risen ...

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Over a quarter of FM companies plan to take on apprentices this year

New research findings from Barclays Corporate Banking’s Job Creation Survey shows that 27% of facilities management (FM) companies are planning to take on apprentices this year. Comparatively, 20 per cent of FM businesses surveyed stated that they had taken on ...

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Researchers develop innovative on-site asbestos detector

The first portable, real-time airborne asbestos detector to provide a low-cost warning device to tradespeople has been developed and tested by researchers from the University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Atmospheric and Instrumentation Research. Asbestos was once thought of as a ...

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Technical symposium shows occupant behaviour is key to saving energy

Engineering practitioners and researchers discussed the need to address occupant behaviour and ‘operability’ to help reduce energy usage in buildings at the 2013 CIBSE Technical Symposium, sponsored by Rinnai. This annual event provides an opportunity to exchange practical experience as ...

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Five risks and rewards of balancing cost cutting with revenue-enhancing strategies

A new report reveals that companies that view real estate assets just as a source of short-term cost reduction are actually incurring hidden long-term financial and operational risks. Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) second biennial report on Global Corporate Real Estate Trends ...

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