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Doing the right thing emerges as the key workplace trend

86 percent of Millennials* entering the workforce say they would consider leaving an employer whose values fell short of their expectations. This key, emerging trend indicating that today’s youngest workforce is motivated by positive, people and community-centric workplace practices and ...

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Property industry welcomes offices to homes plan

The property industry has welcomed Government plans to introduce new permitted development rights to convert offices to homes without planning permission. As FMJ reported yesterday, Secretary of State Eric Pickles announced that proposals to ease the planning rules would go ...

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Child asthma rates fell significantly following workplace smoking ban

The introduction of smoke-free legislation banning smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces in England was immediately followed by a fall in the number of children admitted to hospital with asthma symptoms, a new study has found. NHS statistics analysed ...

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Continued outsourcing and service integration trend sustains IFM market growth

As the concept of integrated facility management (IFM) becomes increasingly understood and demanded by end users across the globe, numerous opportunities are opening up for suppliers from a variety of backgrounds, a new report has found. New analysis from Frost ...

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Researchers help find way to protect historic limestone buildings

Buildings and statues constructed of limestone can be protected from pollution by applying a thin, single layer of a water-resistant coating. That’s the word from a University of Iowa researcher and her colleagues from Cardiff University in a paper published ...

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New report highlights inadequacies of the energy EPC system

A new report that compares the energy efficiency performance of buildings holding good Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings versus those that have lower scoring energy ratings, has demonstrated surprising results. The research results suggest that EPCs alone are not sufficient ...

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RICS calls for extended relief from ‘crippling’ empty property tax

Over 90% of surveyors believe that charges placed on shops and offices are ‘significantly detrimental’ to the recovery of the nation’s town centres. Over half also believe that charges are even a contributory factor in property owners demolishing their premises, ...

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Commercial property occupier survey reveals drop in satisfaction levels

The Property Industry Alliance’s sixth annual Occupier Satisfaction Survey has revealed a drop in commercial occupiers’ satisfaction with their landlords compared with 2011 levels. These latest figures mark an end to previous, consecutive year improvements in occupier satisfaction. The Occupier ...

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Laundry drying puts a drain on health, energy and environment

Draping washing on driers around radiators is common practice nowadays whether because the weather is too bad to hang it outdoors or the cost of using a tumble drier is too great. However, the impact of this seemingly innocuous action ...

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Dirty washrooms have negative effect on patron’s experience

Around 75 per cent of UK residents feel that the washrooms they visit in hotels and restaurants are often unclean. Bad smells and lack of soap are among the top British gripes. And 87 per cent of us believe that ...

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