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Living laboratory

Mark Dowson of BuroHappold Engineering explains how Newcastle University’s Urban Sciences Building is designed to keep pushing the boundaries of sustainability throughout its life Newcastle University’s Urban Sciences Building is a feat of engineering. Not only is it an exemplar ...

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Tomorrow’s people

Sarah Taylor, Managing Director of BRITA UK, shares advice on how to optimise today’s busy office space for the newest generation in the workforce Picture the average office a quarter of a century ago and compare it with one today. ...

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FM’s role in helping to reduce single-use plastic across the built environment

According to Sky Ocean Rescue, more plastic was made in the first decade of the 21st century than the whole of the 20th. Eight million tonnes of plastic are thrown away each year and washed out to sea, causing untold ...

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FM sector: helping to reduce global emissions

Responding to the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on global warming, the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has remarked that as buildings account for approximately 30 per cent of carbon emissions, the built environment will be a “vital ...

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Sporting chance

Investing in a major solar array on its campus sports centre is helping the University of Exeter step up its sustainability drive as well as save on energy costs Solar panels are a familiar part of the built environment, but ...

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Advice on tap

FMs could be doing a lot more to ensure they are using water wisely and sustainably, argues Charley Maher, Managing Director of Water2business Water is something that we, as a society, generally take for granted. But when you stop and ...

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Plastic surgery

Water system suppliers and workplace caterers have declared war on single-use plastic. We find out what can be done to reduce the presence of disposable plastic in the office Globally, we are waking up to the environmental impact of blindly ...

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Zero carbon buildings

David Clark, Partner at international engineering and sustainable building consultancy, Cundall in Sydney, and principal author of the first Green Star rating tool in Australia, suggests ways that office tenants can still aim to become a zero-carbon business This is ...

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Powering ahead

Facilities managers can now choose from an array of advanced low-carbon technologies and energy storage solutions, says Robert Styles, business development manager at Norvento UK   The built environment is widely recognised as a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, with ...

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Don’t throw away the chance to clear up waste

In a year that has seen BrewDog launch a protest beer against President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement; P&G close in on its zero-waste and renewables targets; and 44 of 51 UK towns and cities ...

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