Call for nominations for ARBS 2014 Industry Awards

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Nominations are now open for the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services (ARBS) Industry Awards for 2014. The awards recognise excellence in Australia’s HVAC, refrigeration and building services industries.

Trafalgar Cabinets goes online

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Sydney-based, family-owned Trafalgar has launched an online e-commerce site to display and sell its range of dangerous goods storage cabinets and access panels. The all-Australian-made product range includes Flammable, Corrosive, Toxic, Organic, Oxidising and Emergency Information storage cabinets, which are all built in accordance with Australian Standards.

HVAC&R enters PRIME time

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The Australian heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry has appointed a steering council and elected a chair to oversee PRIME – a new body that aims to create a united front in the push towards a low-emissions future.

5-metre scanning from Intermec by Honeywell

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Intermec by Honeywell scanners are being used by the Australian shipping industry to scan and automatically read shipping container codes and numbers from a distance of up to five metres, allowing them to track containers in real time and reduce errors in data capture.

ANU's Frank Fenner Building cements ACT's green credentials

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A rooftop photovoltaic system generating up to 43,800kWh of electricity annually is helping the Frank Fenner Building at the Australian National University (ANU) come as close to carbon zero as possible, and has contributed to the building becoming the first in the ACT to achieve both 6 Star Green Star Office Design and As Built v3 ratings from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

Panasonic 6 Series dome network cameras

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Panasonic has introduced six new fixed dome network surveillance cameras which offer high-resolution images with clear motion and improved low-light capabilities while resisting vandalism.

OKALUX VIP insulation module

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Dow Corning and OKALUX have developed a high-performance insulation module which delivers excellent heat insulation at a fraction of the thickness of traditional insulation materials such as rock mineral wool, glass mineral wool, extruded polystyrene (XPS), expanded polystyrene (EPS) and vacuum insulation panels.

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Rheem competition winner announced

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Helen Simmons, office manager at Simmons & Associates is the lucky winner of the Rheem Lazer Eco 5L model above bench boiling water system competition held in the February-March issue of Facility Management magazine.

Hydromist 13 Pro-Spotter

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Truvox International has introduced the Hydromist 13 Pro-Spotter to its range of carpet cleaners. This lightweight, compact and manoeuvrable carpet and upholstery spray extractor is designed for use in facilities such as small pubs and clubs, hotels, offices, care homes, schools, colleges and universities.

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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.

Magnetic refrigeration a step closer to general use

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Researchers at GE have revealed a breakthrough in the next leap in HVAC and home refrigeration technology – magnetic, or magnetocaloric, refrigeration, which uses no refrigerants or compressors and is 20 percent more efficient than what is used today.

Desso AirMaster carpet range

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Desso has added new carpets to its AirMaster range, which it says is proven to reduce the concentration of fine dust indoors eight times more effectively than hard flooring, and four times better than standard carpet.

ViewSonic PJD7820HD projector

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The ViewSonic PJD7820HD is a Full HD 1080p 3D projector with an optional wireless presentation gateway to allow streaming directly from computers, smartphones or tablets.

Q&A – A woman with a Mission

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FM magazine interviews TRISH FERRIER, facilities manager at Wesley Mission Victoria, about budget restraints, industry challenges and the importance of relationships.

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Saferoads Omni Stop bollard

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The Omni Stop Bollard is an energy absorbing bollard that allows access for workers to a construction zone or pedestrians to a shopping precinct while preventing vehicle penetration at the same time.

Redcort Virtual TimeClock

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Redcort Software’s Virtual TimeClock turns any Mac, PC or tablet into a time clock for employees to punch in and out of work.

AMC launches ‘home-brand' range of cleaning products

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The latest entry into the cleaning-products field is an Australian-designed and manufactured ‘home brand’ range from AMC Commercial Cleaning. The company says its KleenHealth range of nine products incorporates nanotechnology to provide a barrier against microbial growth.

Photoluminescent exit signs ‘not commercially viable'

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Lighting Council Australia and representative bodies of electrical contractors and the fire industry, among others, have expressed concern over the recent introduction of photoluminescent (PL) ‘glow in the dark’ exit signs to the National Construction Code of Australia (NCC), writes Lighting Council Australia chairman RUSSELL LOANE.

Small business focus: inside a hair salon's lighting retrofit

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Anyone who manages a retail business knows there’s no end to the challenge of managing costs. Retailers who provide personal services such as beauty therapy or hairdressing are prime examples, calmly attending to clients in opulent surrounds while constantly being on the lookout for ways to reduce overheads.

Funding boost for green property upgrades

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In a boost for those undertaking ‘green’ commercial property upgrades, $80 million in funding for Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs) has been committed by The Australian Environmental Upgrade Fund (TAEUF).

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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.

MYOB PayDirect mobile payments solution

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MYOB has opened online pre-registrations for its new PayDirect mobile payments solution, which aims to turn small businesses’ Apple iOS or Android smartphones into quick and easy payments terminals. The product is due for limited release on 31 March, with a general release planned for next quarter.

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Makeover for Bendigo Library

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MGS Architects has unveiled the newly designed New Generation Bendigo Library. The project involved redevelopment of the pre-existing 1984 building with an aim to form a new environment: the civic centre of Bendigo as a context, the heritage value of the site, the diagonal alignment of the park’s interface, and scaling the building appropriately to respond to view lines which direct the eye to the Town Hall building.

A new approach to retrofit flooring

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Renovating a commercial building? Shaw Contract Group, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and recycler, has your flooring needs covered. We believe restrictive budgets and time frames should not mean a sacrifice on style or the environment for any project. This means superior-performing carpet at the most competitive prices.