Small businesses account for nearly half of private sector employment in Australia. Energy Cut, a joint initiative between not-for-profit positive-change organisation Do Something and the Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA), helps these businesses make informed choices in order to save on energy costs. It aims to help these businesses benefit through lower energy costs and wider productivity gains, improving their overall competitiveness and boosting continued growth.
Schneider Electric was recently recognised by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as 2015’s World’s Most Ethical Company. The designation recognises organisations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new standard for refrigerants from Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) has been released and is accepting applications for certification.
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.
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.
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.