Melbourne tests new model for renewable energy

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In an attempt to lead the way to meet the city’s goal of zero net emissions by 2020, the City of Melbourne has established a group of large energy users, who are interested in testing a new approach to drive investment in renewable energy.

New solar shaftless skylight system from Kimberley

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Australian Hardware solutions provider Kimberley has launched a new range of ‘smart skylight’ that operates and installs without the need of a light shaft, flexible tube or a large roof cavity – the iIllume skylight. It has been designed as a DIY system with easy internal and external installation on all roofs and ceilings types.

Staples Safety Solutions

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The dedicated team of industry specialists from Staples Safety Solutions can partner with you to help make your workplace safer. Stocking over 25,000 different safety supplies, including personal protective equipment, apparel, first aid and visual warning products, Staples Safety Solutions caters for every industry.

Industrial air pollution has high economic cost

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Air pollution from Europe’s largest industrial facilities cost society at least $86 billion, and possibly as much as over $276 billion in 2012, according to an assessment published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Surprisingly, half of these damage costs were caused by just one percent of the industrial plants.

Builders urged to find alternative building materials

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Homes built from recycled waste could help Australia reduce its huge rubbish mountain. According to BusinessWaste.com.au, an Australian recycling and waste management company, Britain’s household and commercial waste contains enough raw materials to keep the trade in work for years to come.

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Total Facilities 2015: registrations now open

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Registrations are now open for the 2015 Total Facilities Expo, Australia’s largest industry gathering for facility and building professionals to be held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island from 25-26 March.

Switching on to savings

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Lighting upgrades are one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to improve a building’s environmental performance while delivering cost savings to tenants, writes Beck Dawson, general manager of Corporate Sustainability, Investa Office.

The health cost of pest infestations

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Serious pest infestations can ruin stored food products, destroy buildings and harm a business’ reputation. But there are other serious costs and consequences that are often less obvious: the significant health risks associated with pest problems, writes the team at Flick Anticimex.

New Livi flushable towels and anti-bacterial wipes

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New Livi Essentials offers a low maintenance hand towel system ideal for high traffic areas. Hygienic and convenient, the Flushable Multifold Towel is suitable for all environments such as offices, factories, restaurants, schools and public facilities.

Do you have too many tiers?

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Low-tier data centres have the potential to be more efficient: less redundancy means less equipment, less cost, less power. With this in mind, are they a strategic opportunity in today’s climate, asks TOM TOWNSEND, networks and data centre manager, Information and Technology Management (ITM), University of Canberra.

EU on track to meets its climate and energy targets for 2020

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The European Environment Agency (EEA) has announced that the greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) fell almost two percent between 2012 and 2013, moving the EU closer to its 2020 reduction target. Based on the EEA analysis, the EU is also on track to meet its target to boost renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2020.

GBCA Green Star 2014 roundup

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The Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) Green Star rating saw a 43 percent increase in certifications in the last year, with 150 projects during 2014 compared to 105 in 2013. The increase is evident of the property and construction industry’s continuous shift towards sustainability.

Honeywell announces new wearable solution for warehouse operations

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Honeywell’s new hands-free wearable solution is designed to ensure efficiency, productivity and accuracy in distribution centre operations. The new wearable device is a hands-free, wrist-mounted version of the Dolphin 70e Black mobile device specifically designed for warehouse operations including picking, packing and shipping.

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The armoury of an energy manager

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Reviewing your operational procedures against energy usage can reveal surprising results. Carmel Corcoran, general manager, SmartEnergy Services at eutility, takes us through the key elements
of a good energy data management plan.

Why we should think green when we clean

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Cleaning and janitorial staff are the unsung heroes of every building. When the regular occupants are gone, they move in to clean away all the grime and rubbish that collects as a part of life, leaving the place fresh and sparkling.

Chemicals of security concern

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Facilities managers can help keep Australia safe from terrorism by being aware of national security risks and knowing about chemicals of security concern. The Chemical Security Coordination Unit of the Attorney-General’s Department provides the following advice.

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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.

Commissioning HVAC systems

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The proper commissioning
of HVAC systems represents one of the quickest and most cost-effective opportunities to increase energy efficiency. How to grasp these opportunities is explained by Lasath Lecamwasam of GHD Canberra.

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Clipsal by Schneider Electric's USB charger

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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.