Johnson Controls sells Global Workplace Solutions to CBRE


 Johnson Controls announced on 1 September that it has completed the sale of its Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) business to CBRE Group for US$1.475 billion. Global Workplace Solutions is one of the world’s largest providers of facilities management services.

Tork supports FSC Friday 2015


Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Australia and New Zealand will launch a Trans-Tasman campaign in September to encourage businesses to buy products that carry the FSC label as part of the not-for-profit’s global certification scheme that rewards forest friendly growers, manufacturers and retailers.

Hire for our future: Let's give disadvantaged kids a leg up


Kennards Hire is preparing to begin their annual charity initiative, ‘Kennards For Kids’, which kicks off on the 1st of September. The hire chain is looking to make life a little easier for sick, injured and disadvantaged kids around Australia and New Zealand.

How do you prepare a tech upgrade strategy that's CFO friendly?


A well-planned technology roadmap can help strategically map out investments when presenting a business case to key stakeholders. As budgets tighten across most industries, those people responsible for managing technology solutions in the business face increasing demand from CEOs and CFOs to be able to deliver a return on investment (ROI).

E-waste a hot topic at AWRE 2015


The idea of an e-waste free Australia was a hot topic at this year’s Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo, as the country’s leading experts called for greater cohesion between the industry, government and the community to assist with overcoming this growing problem.

Energy efficiency a priority among higher education facility leaders in the US


Cost savings drive energy efficiency efforts, but organisational barriers are proving to be an obstacle, a new study finds. According to the study commissioned by Schneider Electric and the Alliance to Save Energy, energy efficiency is recognised among US higher education institutions as key to fulfilling their schools’ core mission

Seven ways security can cost your business


Most organisations have a pretty good sense of the potential fallout from security breaches. However, the truth is that data breaches are growing in number, and the financial cost is growing too. The average cost of data breach has nearly doubled in the past five years, from $6.46 million in 2010 to $12.9 million today*.

A paperless way to gain triple ISO certification


Aaron Struhs, General Manager of Essential Safety Solutions reached the tipping point when he realised how much extra paperwork was going to be involved in order gain the Triple Certification they required to remain competitive in the market place.  Aaron recalls thinking to himself, “Surely there has to be a better way”, as the future workload hit home.

Digital disruption means you can't be complacent with facility management


When the culture of digital disruption first emerged in the 90s not many people would have anticipated it to stick around. We assumed that when the dot-com bubble burst, like turtlenecks, Tamagotchis and other fads of the era, the concept of digitalisation would fade from memory. The opposite has certainly proven to be true.

The problem with disruptive technology


How do providers of technology introduce innovations to industry that are so different and new that some companies aren’t ready? What if the changes are significant enough that traditional business models will also need to change to adapt to the new technologies?

Waste efficiency soon to be a reality in Sydney's new guidelines


The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) — a City of Sydney initiative in collaboration with Foresight Environmental – has developed and launched Operational Waste Guidelines to help building owners, property managers and waste companies to work more effectively using a standard across their portfolios.