As electricity costs soar and ever-higher comfort levels are expected by building users, the replacement of old glazing systems with superior modern products makes more sense than ever. JOHN POWER explores the issues surrounding glass and glazing retrofits.
Environmental artist Lloyd Godman is using ‘air plants’ – specially propagated plants that can be suspended in mid-air – to create living artworks based on themes of sustainability. As JOHN POWER reports, these installations not only challenge our concept of the built environment, but they also herald a new era of plant-based shade, awning and screening technologies.
LED-based lighting systems are tipped to dominate the world’s lighting markets within nine years. Recently, JOHN POWER travelled to the US to visit Philips’s pioneering LED lighting businesses in San Jose and New York to witness the revolution first-hand.
Friends and readers of Facility Management are warmly invited to introduce themselves to managing editor John Power, who will be a speaker at the upcoming CleanScene conference and expo in Melbourne.
Doncaster BMW’s recently completed $12 million vehicle showroom and service centre in Bundoora, in Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs, is as highly engineered as the cars on its gleaming display floor. JOHN POWER reports.