Robin Mellon of Green Building Council of Australia explains how Green Star – Performance rating can help facility managers help improve the performance of their buildings.
The NABERS National Administrator today announced that the much anticipated upgrades to their NABERS Indoor Environment (IE) tool have been released, and are now available to building owners and tenants across Australia as part of a pilot.
An accurate asset register can facilitate better asset accountability while ensuring that an organisation’s good governance and regulatory compliance objectives are met.
There is an urgent need to combine sustainable and disruptive innovations to evolve FM for the new world of work.
Maintaining a fleet of maintenance trucks and equipment is a tough job, particularly when the fleet is flat out supporting Australia’s largest regional passenger and freight train tracks. V/Line made a switch from rags to Tork Industrial Cleaning Cloth to ease its daily encounter with grease.
Rodney Timm, director of Property Beyond, demystifies the perpetual confusion and misunderstanding surrounding life cycle replacement and asset management models.
According to a recent report by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), the energy consumption of the Federal Government’s office buildings and assets equates to almost 1.8 million tonnes of carbon and 7.8 million gigajoules of energy per year. Improving the energy efficiency of these buildings could not only save thousands of tonnes of carbon, but also save millions in taxpayer dollars every year.
Heralded as the next big thing in the tech world, virtual reality is revolutionising the building and construction industry, enabling architects, designers and prospective buyers to experience a building before first ground has even been broken.
Award-winning international workplace design researcher and architect Dr Donna Wheatley, who joined architecture practice Warren and Mahoney last year, believes that workplace design should not just be company-centred, but also aim to motivate people and promote their aspirations to ensure the overall success of the organisation.
Lars Lindkvist of Schneider Electric outlines the key steps all facility managers must take to protect the security of their building and deter cyber criminals from gaining access to sensitive data.
One of the newest tourist attractions in Melbourne, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is a mammoth structure built using roughly 1200 tonnes of steel. Owing to the material and its close proximity to the ocean, both factors that are hugely affected by corrosion complexities, preservation of the structure was a major consideration in the design specification.
Increasingly sophisticated cyber criminals have exposed vulnerabilities in Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and are continuing to target these systems for commercial gain, terrorist aims or mischievous sabotage.
Speaking at the GreenCities conference in Melbourne earlier this year, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) chairman Jillian Broadbent (AO) said that integrated technology innovations are unlocking new opportunities for the property sector.
A group of researchers from the University of Sydney’s Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Lab, part of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, has developed a world-leading technology to measure and improve the indoor human comfort factor of office buildings – SAMBA.
Is algae architecture the answer to a zero carbon economy in all big cities?
The packaged aerobic wastewater plants Fixed Activated Sludge Treatment (FAST) process is the latest in the range of wastewater treatment equipment from CST Wastewater Solutions. FAST is a portable solution to wastewater treatment, offering easy transport, installation and operation with minimal engineering and maintenance.
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the US-based Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) have partnered with an aim to showcase Australia’s certified green buildings and future possibilities to global investors and decision-makers.
The new Faculty of Science and Graduate School of Health building, part of the University of Technology Sydney’s billion-dollar city campus master plan, has won a 6 Star Green Star Design rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
NEXTDC Limited and CenturyLink Inc have signed an agreement that will enable the latter to extend its data centre footprint in Australia by offering access to its full suite of managed hybrid information technology (IT) services to regional and multinational corporations in Australia.
The disused Summer Hill Flour Mill site located in inner west Sydney is undergoing a restoration that will not only result in modern apartments, but also promote community activity by linking it with surrounding neighbourhoods, public transport and bike paths.
Over the past few years, the healthcare sector has become increasingly dependent upon information technology. Contactless smart card technology has been used for many years in other industries, and is now helping to solve some longstanding thorny issues in the healthcare sector – safeguarding patients and staff, and protecting confidential patient information.
Large commercial doors are often the largest moving objects in factories, warehouses and carparks. Large doors can pose potential risks to employee health and safety as well as damage to property.
A spike in serious injuries and deaths in the NSW glass and glazing industry has prompted WorkCover NSW to react. Over a three year period, two workers died and 431 were injured, resulting in more than $7 million in workers compensation claims.
Decision-making should not be left to the mind alone, it should be a cohesive result of thinking using all the three brains inside the human body – the head, the gut and the heart.
“Cyber crime is a $400 billion criminal enterprise worldwide — making it bigger than global drug trafficking.”
The last two decades have seen tremendous growth in the integration of building management systems. With networked information systems becoming more commonplace, facilities managers of buildings that often include access points to corporate or organisational networks must be vigilant of the risk of cyber attacks on their Building Management Systems (BMS).
Marc McLaren of Generative HSE ponders over a growing disconnection between safety management systems and what happens in practice.
Kennards Hire recently worked with Honeywell Scanning & Mobility and Skywire to deploy a new solution, featuring the Honeywell PF2i rugged industrial bar code printer, to deliver a higher level of service for their customers.
Technology is a major factor that is changing how, when and where today’s workers operate. Armed with portable and powerful technology, today’s mobile workers are using their flexibility to be more agile and productive.
This year Australasia’s premier security industry event, the Security Exhibition & Conference, celebrates 30 years of security innovation. Join us in Melbourne from 15-17 July to get an overview of the ever evolving industry and see how it’s developed over the past three decades.
Tesla Energy, the energy arm of automotive company Tesla Motors, is on the path to disruption. Bets are on Tesla’s Powerwall and Powerpack — aimed at homes and businesses respectively — to revolutionise the industry, making sustainable energy the norm of the (near) future.
The importance of a stable uninterrupted power system (UPS) is one that should never be downplayed – even the shortest power outage can result in big trouble for the most established structures.
Australian Standard AS1657 for fixed ladders, platforms and walkways is one of the most widely read and referenced Australian safety standards of all time and its revised version has been a long time coming. It updates the 21-year-old and exceedingly out-of-date testing regime.
Managing a diverse and ageing property portfolio within a tight budget is a challenging task. Surprises are the last thing you need. The usual questions that come up are: what assets do I have, what condition are they in, how must they perform, how much money do I need/have, and who will I get to deliver the FM services?
But, somehow, things still don’t go according to the plan. What could be missing? We need to look beyond just the physical assets and ask some other questions. Let’s look at the five most important, and sometimes omitted, things to consider.
It’s no secret that some sites need to be managed more sensitively than others. Hospitals and schools, for example, require an empathetic and thoughtful approach. And there is no more sensitive site than an aged care facility, where residents may become confused as service providers and maintenance workers traipse in and out of what is, fundamentally, their home.
WWF’s Australian headquarters, located in a former wool store in inner city Sydney, has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia for its interior space.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australians are amongst the highest users of technology and e-waste is one of the fastest growing types of waste. Mobile phones, laptops, TVs and household appliances such as fridges, washing machines and microwaves all count as e-waste. While population density works in Australia’s favour, there’s a need to focus on how to handle e-waste properly.
Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) is now considered so important for effective staff performance, it is earning a place beside NABERS Energy in lease negotiations. NABERS Energy ratings are now a common feature of commercial leases and for good reason.
Listed property group BlackWall Property Funds Limited’s short-term accommodation business, WOTSO WorkSpace has launched a new venture with G3lab offering cutting-edge research laboratory space for lease on short and long-term arrangements.
Businesses across South East Asia (SEA) are facing ever-evolving challenges – from growing demand, diminishing supplies and a mounting interest in sustainability, business are finding it increasingly difficult to remain efficient while achieving their sustainability goals.
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.
While submitting tenders is always a hit and miss process, understanding the evaluation process and the factors that act as key decision drivers helps in making a successful bid.
Fatigue is a common problem in the facilities management industry. Yet, many companies are failing to recognise workplace fatigue as a critical business risk and cost. There is increasing pressure on facility workers to perform and to adopt a “do more with less” attitude — which means fatigue is a growing problem for facility workers.
Industry members and thought leaders will be talking trash, in its various forms, at this year’s Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo (AWRE) when the trade event returns to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from August 12 to 13.
Honeywell announced its latest smart building technology last week, Command and Control Suite, which turns complex facility data into recommendations and easy-to-implement changes that can help boost business outcomes by lowering costs, minimising risk and reducing downtime.
An Australian study has discovered that bad washroom experiences are keeping shoppers away from malls: one in five are uncomfortable using a shopping centre bathroom and 13 percent say they would consider not returning to a shopping centre if they felt the bathrooms were unhygienic.
The growing trend of businesses away from a hierarchical culture with visible leadership towards a more flexible work environment has resulted in a new set of challenges within the workplace.
Designed in Australia, Clipsal by Schneider Electric’s innovative USB charger offers adaptability, efficiency and reliability in one convenient universal mechanism. Providing up to 1.2 amps, it is efficient in charging times with minimal stand-by energy consumption.