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University recycling survey highlights potential for signifiant improvements

A survey of British university student recycling attitudes has revealed that students are half as likely to be committed recyclers as the rest of the nation’s population. Just over half of UK university students were classed as ‘committed recyclers’, compared ...

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Revenues for US building maintenance services to exceed $176bn by 2017

Revenues for contract (non-proprietary) building maintenance services are projected to grow 4.3 percent per year, reaching $176.5 billion (approx£115bn) by 2017 a new report claims. This rate will be an improvement over revenues during the 2007-2012 period, as growth was hampered by ...

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Building energy efficiency measures drive up risks of hospital infections

There is a danger that we could be adapting our hospital buildings to improve efficiency without thinking how it might adversely affect patients. The practice of closing windows in hospitals to conserve energy increases the risk posed to patients from ...

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Happy birthday FMJ

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Facilities Management Journal (FMJ). This issue marks a couple of important milestones both for me as editor and, more importantly, the publication itself. While this month represents my two-year anniversary at the ...

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Copper surfaces reduce the rate of HAIs by more than half in new study

Placement of copper objects in intensive care unit (ICU) hospital rooms reduced the number of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) in patients by more than half, according to a new study. In the UK, over six per cent of patients  (6.4%) pick ...

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Research identifies the “talent paradox of outsourcing”

The outsourcing industry is failing to invest in the skills needed to capture the full value from outsourcing engagements, a new study reveals. It also confirms that in order to achieve sustainable value beyond cost reduction, both buyers and providers of outsourcing must ...

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Four steps to aligning profit and environmental sustainability

A new paper providing insight in to what can be done to break down the barriers preventing organisations from effectively investing in environmental and sustainability measures has been published. The culmination of a four-part blog series, the paper Aligning Profit ...

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Research to uncover actual energy savings of solid wall insulation commissioned

BRE has been appointed to carry out a major new research project to understand heat losses in the seven million solid wall homes in Great Britain. The project, funded by the Department of Energy & Climate Change, will consider how ...

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Power balance in FM procurement addressed at FM Leaders Forum

The role of procurement in facilities management (FM) was the latest hot topic debated during the British Institute of Facilities Management’s (BIFM) second Facilities Management Leaders Forum. Following this a discussion paper has been published and is being made available ...

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Living walls research aims to clarify the benefits for informed property decisions

A year-long research programme at the University of Sheffield is aiming to improve urban life in the UK through the use of living walls. The research will quantify the long term effects of living wall systems in the UK climate over ...

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