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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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Customers find Tork Easy Handling features highly convenient

The new easy-to-open function of Tork Easy Handling Carry Boxes is highly beneficial to maintenance staff, according to a new survey. Cleaning staff and facilities managers were polled in a Tork survey to discover which of the many benefits of ...

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Survey puts a finger on the pulse of procurement trends

An industry survey to take the ‘procurement pulse’ of UK businesses has revealed, unsurprisingly, that the number one driver for a company’s procurement function in 2013 is cutting costs (76%). Although cost reduction continues to be the number one priority ...

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