Closing the loop for carbon savings


A new initiative aims to take 25 years of research into energy-saving that is currently buried in journals and papers and create tangible practical tools for the design and construction industries. 

Advanced fire safety at the circus


Designer and installer Fire Systems Ltd had just three days to install a specially designed fire alarm system for Cirque du Soleil’s new tour in Germany.

Believed to be the first of its kind to be installed in the country, it is being used to protect the tunnel between the main performance tent and the dressingroom/holding tent.

Kit home builder fined for installation without registration


The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has advised that kit home suppliers need to be registered builders if they are also installing the homes that they sell.

This timely reminder comes as a supplier and its director in Bendigo, Victoria were found guilty by a magistrate for building a kit home with being registered as a builder.

AG Coombs star apprentice wins again


Ryan O’Connor, a refrigeration apprentice at AG Coombs, was last week named as the recipient of the 2014 First Year Apprentice of the Year – Alan Broadhead Award.

The awards were presented by the Box Hill Institute of TAFE, and he was picked from a field of 35,000 apprentices. O’Connor is no stranger to standing out, last August winning the 2013 First Year Outstanding Student of the Year Award for Refrigeration/Air-Conditioning, which was also presented by Box Hill TAFE.

Making equipment evaluation easier


A company that manufactures and distributes medical imaging equipment has constructed a Customer Experience Centre in Melbourne. It includes a fully functioning operating theatre and enables hands-on experience of the latest versions of equipment and software.

Government energy saving information and programs

energy saving programs

Energy saving information and programs for business in Australia are constantly evolving due to new technology and, most especially, changes in government policy and funding.  The following is just some of the national initiatives currently available, and in development, as at mid-year 2014.

A new berth for shipping containers


Strong, weatherproof, cost-effective and easily transported direct to site, shipping containers are now being utilised for a wide range of applications, including retail outlets, mobile exhibitions, portable storage and innovative construction projects.

FM streamlined for eight Victorian hospitals


With the help of its new online facility management system, Victoria’s largest not-for-profit private healthcare group, Epworth HealthCare, is to open two new hospitals without adding more facilities management staff, and will open a third hospital in Geelong in 2016.

More accurate inspections from safer distances

Fluke infrared camera

Manufacturer of professional electronic test tools, Fluke Corporation has released new infrared cameras with wireless connectivity, which the company suggests are ideal for maintenance, troubleshooting and HVAC/R technicians, electricians and facility managers who need to collaborate and share measurements with others on their team.

Energy saving program for Queensland business


From 1 July, businesses will be hit with an 11.5 to 14.3 percent increase on power bills due to the rise in regulated electricity tariffs. Queensland Watt Savers is a free energy efficiency program created to help small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and community organisations in south-east Queensland reduce their energy use.


Factory farming under LEDs


One of the world’s largest plant factories using light emitting diode (LED) lighting has just been constructed in Tagajo, northern Japan. Mirai Co., a Tokyo-based company which operates vegetable growing factories, built facility within the shell of an existing factory. It can produce a daily harvest of approximately 10,000 heads of lettuce.

Happy Birthday Barcode!


Forty years ago, a pack of Wrigley’s gum became the first item to be scanned and purchased using what is now used 5 billion times every day: the Universal Product Code barcode. Since then, barcode and scanning technologies have become an integral part of the entire supply chain industry, and have continued to evolve.

New anti-corrosion coating for fire sprinkers


Corrosion is a potentially major problem for all fire sprinkler systems, not only due to the risks it presents in performance reliability, but also in maintenance challenges. No one wants their sprinkler system offline.

Anti-slip plywood improves workplace safety


Timber specialist Big River has debuted Anti-Slip Plywood, a new plywood product featuring a highly slip resistant coating designed to protect against injury on both indoor and outdoor workplace platforms, ramps, walkways and floors.

Risks of systemic pesticides confirmed


The conclusions of a new meta-analysis of the systemic pesticides neonicotinoids and fipronil (neonics) – the most widely used pesticides in the world – confirm that they are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial invertebrate species and are a key factor in the decline of bees.

Enhanced wireless LAN support for warehouses


Global logistics automation company Dematic has announced an enhancement to its suite of Wireless LAN support services for Australian and New Zealand warehouses with the addition of a Wireless LAN Remote Monitoring service, which optimises wireless network coverage at all times, and avoids costly business downtime.

Mobile FM apps create huge savings for hospital


A US hospital has implemented new mobile facility and work order management apps for iOS and Android that increase the efficiency of hospital technicians who repair equipment across large campuses and enable the immediate rerouting of employees to respond to critical malfunctions as they happen.

Rise of the machines


Automatica, the biannual international trade fair for automation and mechatronics, held earlier this month in Munich, drew a record number of visitors. The fair showcases robotics, assembly and handling technology, supply, sensor, drive and safety technology, positioning systems, software and more.


Facility Management is proud to present its Annual Software Guide for 2014, offering readers the most comprehensive overview of software products and suppliers in Australasia’s facilities management sector.

World Green Building Week 2014

Green building

Supported by green building councils all over the world, the annual World Green Building Week showcases the diversity of global action taking place to create sustainable built environments. In 2014 World Green Building Week runs from 22 – 26 September.

Dulux makes adding colours to BIM easier


With Building Information Modelling (BIM) becoming an important aspect of building design and management, Dulux Australia has launched a range of free content and plugins for Revit, the building design software for BIM.

Lightfair showcases the latest in lighting


This year’s Lightfair, the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, has just concluded in Las Vegas. Not surprisingly there was a blizzard of product announcements.

Charting the sea of FM software-speak


The facility management sector is awash with acronyms, especially in the technology sphere with CAFM, CMMS, EAMS, FMIS, IWMS and MMS bandied around with increasing ease, if not understanding.

A military-grade shrink film


Helping preserve most metal surfaces against corrosion, MilCorr VpCI Shrink Film provides complete product storage protection, including for shipments.

World FM Day


June 4 is World FM Day. Initiated by Global FM, a worldwide alliance of member-centred facility management organisations, World FM Day aims to raise the global profile of the facilities management profession.


ARBS 2014 Industry Awards


The ARBS 2014 Industry Awards, which recognise outstanding achievement in Australia’s air-conditioning, refrigeration and building services industry, have been announced.

Clipsal by Schneider Electric's USB charger


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.