Early signs of success in BuildingIQ's ATP project

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Early results from BuildingIQ’s trial run of its Predictive Energy Optimization (PEO) at the National Information and Technology Communications Center of Australia (NICTA) show improvements in the total energy savings at the facility.

Brisbane Airport achieves Green Star rating

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The Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has been awarded the inaugural 4 Star Green Star – Communities rating for the Brisbane Airport site, comprising 2700 hectares of land which is aimed to house more than 50 commercial office, mixed use, retail and industrial buildings.

Tork helps Queensland childcare centre make cost savings

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Tork’s Mini Multifold Hand Towel is half the size of regular towels and comes in a compact dispenser. The Arundel Creative Garden Early Learning Centre in Queensland installed the product across all its children’s washrooms and is already seeing cost savings.

YSEL Elevator Loop

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The UK-based hearing systems company, Your Sense has developed a new YSEL Elevator Loop System that not only eliminates the use of bulky loop cables, but also makes the intercom systems inside elevators accessible for the hard of hearing.

“Power to the people? Is FM still missing its strategic focus?”

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BuildingSMART Australasia is lobbying the Federal Government to encourage Building Information Modelling (BIM) on all public sector projects. The UK is much further ahead, with government mandates that are spurring the FM industry to greater evaluation of outcomes. MARK WHITTAKER, business development manager for Integral UK Limited, believes there are other opportunities for improvement.

Tools Management suite from Hardcat

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The Hardcat Tool Manager optimises the management of tools, providing companies complete visibility and control over their entire tool inventory. It is designed to avoid misuse by employees, making them more accountable for the tools they are using while also ensuring that warranty claims are not missed.

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Environmental and social factors affect views on climate change

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A recent study indicates that when it comes to human-induced climate change, the actions and beliefs of both sceptics and believers can be understood as integrated expressions of self, underpinning specific social identities. Therefore strategies for building support for climate change mitigation policies should go beyond attempts to improve the public’s understanding of science.

WORKTECH15 Melbourne

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Industry leaders and other professionals will share their expertise and further knowledge on business strategy, technology and property at this year’s WORKTECH conference. The event will be held on Wednesday 4 March at the Deakin Edge Theatre at Melbourne’s Federation Square.

Melbourne celebrates sustainable living

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A vegetable patch in the heart of the city, worm farm tours, and bicycle rides are among a series of unique events encouraging Melburnians to live a greener life as part of the Sustainable Living Festival. The event runs from 7 February to 1 March 2015.

Honeywell launches new barcode scanners

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Honeywell Scanning & Mobility has launched a new suite of retail barcode scanners, designed to increase efficiency, for example, minimising check-out times in retail facilities or inventory management in commercial facilities.

WORKTECH15: Modern workplaces and challenges for the FM industry

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The WORKTECH15 conference which took place on Wednesday 4 March 2015, explored the future of work and the workplace and raised the challenges Australian cities will face in the near future as technology and innovation overlay and coincide with community needs in built environments.

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Fort Knox Self-Storage goes digital with sign-up process

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Australian self-storage facility Fort Knox is testing a new software that will streamline rental processes for customers. The software iSign was developed by Fort Knox at its research and development hub. The company reviewed every aspect of customer sign-up procedure and adapted it to the digital process.

King Furniture rebranded as King Living

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King Furniture has rebranded to King Living, reflecting the growing product portfolio designed and manufactured by the award-winning Australian business.  King Living’s move coincides with a building boom in Australia of mixed-use and residential buildings that are increasingly offering decked out communal space for tenants and residents.

GHD leads the waste sector four years in a row

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One of the world’s leading engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services companies, GHD, has been named the best large consultancy in the waste sector in Australia for the fourth consecutive year.

Reduxo Launches Rolling Asset Service

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Asset management specialist, Reduxo, has launched a market-first rolling audit service to help property management, leisure, mining, aged care facilities and retail companies avoid financial misappropriation and remain compliant when it comes to managing and disposing assets that sit on the company balance sheet.

Singapore's $19m scheme to support energy efficient buildings

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The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore will devote almost A$18.9 million, almost 40 per cent, of a A$49.3 million (S$52 million) innovation scheme to support the testing of new energy-efficient technologies in fully operational buildings. The green buildings initiative is the latest move by the authority to encourage the development of green building technologies in Singapore and Australian businesses could stand to benefit from this. 

Fenestration and what it can do for you

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The Australian Fenestration Rating Council lists all the factors that must be taken into account when considering the design of a building and replacement of window systems. Fenestration plays a significant role in buildings, but what exactly is fenestration and how does it make a positive impact?

Better facilities management with BIM

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Building Information Modelling technology is a hot topic across the property sector and there is a lack of recognition of its merits in helping facilities managers maximise efficiency in carrying out building and facilities maintenance. While the highly technical topic can be daunting, its practical application has a wide-ranging positive effect on making managing facilities easier than they are with traditional building plans.

Maintenance approaches top facilities managers use

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Fixing things as quickly as possible when they break is important, there’s no doubt about that. But few realise that it is costly to solely practise a reactive approach to facility maintenance. It hogs staff resources that are constantly in ‘firefighting mode’.

A good preventive maintenance program can preserve assets and keep equipment running optimally with maximum longevity, not to mention, it is more efficient and also cost-effective.

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Facility Management is proud to present its Annual Software Guide for 2015, offering readers the most comprehensive overview of software products and suppliers in Australasia’s facilities management sector.

New IEQ technology for workplace productivity

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A technology developed by the University of Sydney to more accurately measure Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) in buildings to achieve healthier and more productive workplaces will be featured at Total Facilities 2015.

ASCO wins Toxfree waste transport contract

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International oil and gas services company ASCO Group has recently won a major contract to transport waste generated by the oil and gas industry for Toxfree Solutions, an integrated waste management and industrial services provider. Bonnie Rock Transport, a Perth-based company that ASCO acquired last year, will deliver the contract.

International EPD Programme reaches Australasian shores

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The Australia Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) in association with the Life Cycle Association of New Zealand (LCANZ) recently announced the launch of the Australasian EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) Programme. The scheme will be officially launched at the ‘Life Cycle Design – A solid foundation for sustainable buildings’ seminar to be held during the DesignBUILD expo in Sydney on Wednesday 29 April.

CeBIT global conferences

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CeBIT Australia is a global business technology event that will feature an exhibition and ten conference streams aligned to three daily master themes. The event will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park from 5 to 7 May 2015.

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Total Facilities 2015: Achieve high performance with technology

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On the first day of the Total Facilities exhibition on 25 March 2015 Facility Management magazine caught up with several experts from various sectors relevant to facility management for exclusive interviews and discussions where they shared trends for running more sustainable keynotes facilities and also shed light on the challenges facing an industry on the brink of a technological revolution, although it may not yet be ready to culturally embrace this sea change.