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Antimicrobial copper brings ROI in two months for healthcare facility infection control

A unique health economics assessment of copper’s role in preventing healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) is being presented this week at the WHO’s International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) in Geneva, demonstrating rapid payback on the capital investment. Health economics ...

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6D BIM collaboration pushes all the right buttons for full FM integration

BAM FM, the facilities management arm of BAM Construct UK, has launched an unprecedented live deployment project at UCL Academy, London, to bring BIM (building information modelling) to every stage of a building’s lifecycle. In February, BAM announced that it ...

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Downloadable report: Social media in the facilities management sector

Following on from her packed Think FM session last week and numerous requests for access to her research, Cathy Hayward, Interim editor at FMJ and director at Magenta Associates, the communications specialists for the facilities management and business support services ...

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Accountability drives action when it comes to building energy efficiency

Global interest in energy efficiency has risen 116 per cent since 2010 new research has found and those who set goals, have been found to be making the greatest strides in reducing energy use. Momentum is also growing for green-building ...

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Financial barriers to energy efficiency a big issue

New research that shows consumers are increasingly concerned about energy bills, has been released this week. However, despite the government’s Green Deal being available to help consumers become more energy efficient, fewer than 200 homes have signed up for the ...

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Unhealthy workplaces are costing UK businesses more than £7bn per year

Unhealthy workspaces are costing UK businesses more than £7 billion* per annum in sick pay, according to a major new survey. Badly set up or poorly equipped workstations result in one in five office workers missing almost three weeks of ...

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The shift towards a more mobile workplace continues…

The move to a more mobile workplace, or ‘workshifting’, is now being encouraged at all levels of the business. More than a third of small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) have implemented policies and IT systems to ensure staff work securely in ...

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Service sector output rises at sharpest pace since March 2012

UK service sector activity rose at an accelerated rate during May as new business increased at the sharpest pace for over three years. Furthermore, amid evidence of marginal capacity pressures and with positive expectations for the coming year, companies added ...

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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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