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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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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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