How environmental attitudes and occupant expectations influence thermal comfort and occupant satisfaction within green buildings is explained by Dr Max Deuble, green building, sustainability and energy efficiency expert.
Rodney Timm, director of Property Beyond, shines a light on these critical clauses.
Returning to Sydney in 2015, Total Facilities presents an unrivalled collaboration of industry insight, leadership and opportunity for the Australian facilities management community.
Entries for the 2015 Dulux Colour Awards competition close on Thursday 12 February. With four new categories this year, there are more opportunities to showcase and celebrate good work.
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.
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.
Why we are still depending on 18th century technology to fight 21st century flood events is questioned by Mark Bowater, director of Tiger Dams.
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.
In hospital lighting control installations, redundancy measures are employed to ensure sufficient lighting during critical situations.
Achieving greater energy efficiency, savings, comfort and reliability in your building, doesn’t mean you should have to work harder — just smarter.
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.
The Victorian Building Authority’s (VBA) building permit levy audit has identified 294 unreported building permits and more than $169,000 in unreported building permit levies in the first half of the 2014-2015 financial year.
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.
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.
Wormald Australia’s Garry Kwok shines light on the importance of fire safety and offers some basic guidelines for facility managers.
Dr Dominik Holzer of AEC Connect looks at custom transfer, middleware and more.
Naaman Shibi, director of Techs4biz Australia, says the benefits of paperless systems are many and varied.
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.
Four decades on, this revolutionary technology continues to withstand the test of time, writes Tony Repaci, Honeywell Scanning and Mobility Country manager, ANZ.
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.
AccessEAP’s director of clinical services Marcela Slepica offers some tips on continuing the motivation spirit all year around.
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.
The Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) is calling on the state’s best building designers to enter its twentieth BDAV Building Design Awards.
When looking to install an access control solution, it is advisable to review the wider business requirements. Tyco Integrated Fire and Security Pacific’s Christian Dorau outlines three main types of systems to consider.
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.
Economic optimisation of wastewater treatment is vital for Australian manufacturing and processing facilities aiming to curtail costs, writes Steve Edwards of pitt&sherry.
Barbara Connolly of the Building Services Contractors Association of Australia offers a fresh overview of where the industry is today.
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.
Rodney Timm, director Property Beyond Pty Ltd, explains what you need to consider before signing a new lease or renegotiating your existing agreement.
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.
A new standard for refrigerants from Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) has been released and is accepting applications for certification.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Data integration and customer engagement are causes for concern for the Australian facility management sector. Stuart Rees of TIBCO Software, explains why.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Most of the fires sparked as a result of lightning strikes could be averted if effective lightning protection systems are in place, writes Bob Grieve of Delta Fire.
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.
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