buildings

News

Reimagining the Risk of Legionella

Harnessing the IoT and connected sensory devices facilitates monitoring of water systems for the Legionella pneumophila bacteria according to Gareth Mitchell, UK key account manager at Heliot and Cistermiser managing director, Richard Braid. Legionella has been making headlines recently, and not for the right reasons. These waterborne bacteria, responsible for severe respiratory illnesses, like Legionnaires’ disease,…

News

Savills Investment Management Outlook 2024

Savills Investment Management (Savills IM) has published its global forecast for real estate investment markets in 2024 highlighting key sectors it believes offer rewarding opportunities for investors. The report offers insights on ten questions that Savills IM analysts believe investors should seek to answer before allocating in 2024. Although higher inflation and bond yields provide…

News

Abloy UK Introduces Offline Access Control Management

Abloy UK has launched Incedo Offline, an extension to the Incedo ecosystem that allows access to be managed both in real-time and offline at the same premises. The Incedo solution now allows organisations to secure almost any opening with either an offline autonomous electronic lock or in real-time via online devices, with everything managed in…

Italy

BDR Thermea Group Strengthens Strategic Partnership with G.I. Holding

Baxi’s parent company BDR Thermea Group is acquiring a 25 per cent stake in G.I. Holding, a market leader in renewable energy-powered commercial and industrial climate solutions. Headquartered in Latisana, Italy, G.I. Holding manufactures and markets a range of heat pumps, liquid chillers, air handling units, rooftop-packaged units and fan coil units under the brand…

News

Sale of Two-Tenant Pad Building in Northern Los Angeles County 

Hanley Investment Group has brokered the sale of a two-tenant retail pad building occupied by AutoZone and Precision Eyebrow Threading salon at a Target-anchored shopping center in northern Los Angeles County. The net-leased investment sold for US $2.65 million with Hanley’s Executive Vice Presidents Kevin Fryman, Bill Asher and Jeff Lefko represented the seller, a private investor…

Environment

Climate Change the ‘Defining Issue of Our Time’

Paul McLennan, Scottish Government’s Minister for Housing, has referred to climate change as the “defining issue of our time” at the second Green Home Festival which is part of the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) was the keynote speaker at the launch of the five-day renewables jamboree in central Edinburgh organised by the Construction Industry…

Belgium

Johnson Controls Appoints New VP and President of Building Solutions EMEALA

Johnson Controls has named Marc Vandiepenbeeck as vice president and president, Building Solutions Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America (EMEALA). Vandiepenbeeck will serve as an officer of the company and oversee Johnson Controls’ US $3.8 billion Building Solutions operations across 90 countries. He succeeds Tomas Brannemo who has led the EMEALA business since 2019…

industry

CBRE Brokers Sale of Mixed-Use Multifamily and Retail Property in Costa Mesa

CBRE has arranged the sale of a mixed-use property comprising 12 residential apartment units and a street-front retail building in Costa Mesa, California. Acquired by a local private investor for US $3.2 million, the transaction represented a selling price of US $425 per square foot (or US $246,154 per unit) as the property exchanged hands…

Netherlands

Whitepaper: Transforming Smart Building Technology

A new whitepaper from Planon looks at how the adoption of smart building technology is changing expectations by placing new demands on building operators and owners. Topics covered by the whitepaper include: Defining what a ‘smart building’ is The role of smart building data in operations and maintenance Exploiting the benefits of your smart building…

fire safety

Port of Dover Extends Scope of DMA Group Contract

The Port of Dover has expanded a fire safety framework agreement with DMA Group to include repairs and improvements across its estate of 65 buildings. The original multiyear port-wide mechanical & electrical (M&E) maintenance and projects framework which has been managed by an onsite team included a Framework Charter confirming shared collaborative commitments to work together…

News

Safety with Electrically-controlled Escape Doors

Abloy UK has launched a new RIBA-approved CPD course, explaining the requirements of EN 13637:2015 for electrically controlled exit systems for use on escape doors and how to achieve safe electrically controlled escape doors. The course explores EN 13637, which was adopted by BSI in August 2015. The standard covers the application of electrical controls…

Best Practice

Protecting Restoration Projects from Fire

Cintec North America provides guidance on safeguarding against the risk of fire when buildings are being retrofitted, restored, or modernized following multiple emergencies in the United States and Europe in recent years. On June 14th, 2017, a fire broke out in the 24 storey Grenfell Tower, widely reported as the worst residential fire to take…

News

abrdn Heathrow Regeneration Planning Application Backed by Sustainability-linked Credit

abrdn’s Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust (AIPUT) fund has submitted a planning application at its London Heathrow Radius Park campus for an inaugural renovation project to be financed by a £350 million sustainability-linked credit facility from Wells Fargo Bank.  The project signals the opening of a new chapter in the fund’s strategy to deliver highly…

FM Magazine

AI-Powered Energy Decisions for ‘Prosumers’

Philippe Rambach, SVP and Chief AI Officer (CAIO) at Schneider Electric, explains how cutting edge artificial intelligence and distributed power generation technologies are optimising energy consumption for retail behemoth Lidl and his company’s North American R&D facility. Store, Sell or Consume? In the picturesque surroundings of Järvenpää, Finland, a state-of-the-art distribution centre, operated by the German…

News

Consortium to Support Hamburg’s Carbon Neutral Ambition

The City of Hamburg has selected a consortium led by smart building data company MeteoViva and automation solutions provider Sauter-Cumulus to retrofit its real estate portfolio with complementary solutions to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. A 98 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions from publicly-owned properties is an essential requirement of Hamburg’s ambition to become…

News

Johnson Controls and Willow to Collaborate on Digital Twins

Johnson Controls and Willow have committed to jointly developing next-gen digital twin technology under a new global agreement. Digital twins are playing an increasingly important role in the design, construction, and ongoing operation of healthy buildings and facilities and can be particularly valuable when analysing large datasets and predicting patterns and trends. “When it comes…

News

Extending BIM to Doors

ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions have launced an app-based custom configuration tool for creating, visualising, modifying and managing door openings. The Openings Studio™ BIM application provides access to complete doorset information at all stages from product concept to product care, helping builders and architects to design and specify doors and hardware with live BIM connectivity –…

News

Pharma Company Leases 105,457 SF Building in San Diego

PCI Pharma Services, a provider of pharmaceutical development services to the global healthcare market, will lease a 105,457 SF building on Brown Field Tech Park I at 7255 Otay Mesa Road in San Diego under a lease brokered by Cushman & Wakefield. The property is owned by Hines, one of the largest privately held real…

Asia Pacific

Savills IM Acquires Japanese and Australian Properties for Pan-Asian Fund

Savills Investment Management (Savills IM) has completed investments in the office and residential sectors in Japan, as well as its acquisition of a local neighbourhood shopping centre in Australia for its flagship pan-Asian fund. In Japan, Savills IM has acquired a high-quality office in Greater Tokyo. The multi-tenant building totals approximately 5,500 sqm of rentable…

ESG

Acquisition Strengthens Infogrid ESG Commercial Real Estate Reporting Capabilities

SaaS building intelligence provider Infogrid has acquired Aquicore, a leading ESG data and analytics company that empowers real estate institutions to take the actions necessary to achieve net zero carbon.  The announcement comes off the back of a period of high growth for Infogrid. In response to increasing demand from customers grappling with rising energy…

Fire

Wireless Fire Protection Installed at Historic Country Home in Scotland

Wireless fire technology from Hyfire is protecting The House of the Binns, a historic house in West Lothian that is under care of the National Trust for Scotland.  The House of the Binns, or simply The Binns, has been the seat of the Dalyell family since it was first built. Despite being donated to the…

FM

SPIE UK Awarded FM Contract by Altrad Babcock

SPIE UK has been awarded a new contract to provide facilities management services at three buildings operated by Altrad Babcock in Renfrew, Renfrewshire. Altrad Babcock specialises in the delivery of engineering, aftermarket, and upgrade services to the energy industry. Under the agreement, SPIE UK will be responsible for completing mechanical and HVAC works, reactive services,…

csr

Johnson Controls Named to Fortune’s 2022 Change the World List

Johnson Controls has been named to the 2022 Fortune Change the World list for its OpenBlue solutions and OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings as a Service offering. Fortune’s Change the World list recognises companies that use creative tools to address society’s unmet needs and is evaluated based on measurable social impact, business results and degree of…

Contracts

Momentum Group Expands Property Management Portfolio with Grade A Liverpool Office Building

The Momentum Group has been awarded the property management contract for Grade A office accommodation, Aviation House on the Estuary Business Park in Speke, within the vicinity of Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport. The appointment adds 18,000 sq ft of space under management to the company’s growing portfolio of property management instructions including city centre properties,…

Europe

Comment on London’s Net Zero Targets

Adam Savitz, Sustainability Director EMEALA at Johnson Controls, comments on a recent announcement by the Mayor of London that the capital will need £75bn of private sector investment to meet net zero goal. Sadiq Khan said London needed to go “much further, much faster” to meet its net-zero goal. But as businesses across the UK…

ESG

Mitie on Target for 2025 ESG Goals

Mitie’s most recent annual ESG report highlights the progress the facilities management outsourcer has made in incorporating 13 ambitious targets within its social value framework. According to the report, all 13 of the targets which were set in 2021 have been achieved or exceeded, spanning Mitie’s People, Environment, Supply Chain and Community pillars. Primary focuses…

Cleaning

Cleaning Industry Calls for UK Government Support Ahead of Winter Flu and Covid-19 Resurgence

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) is warning continuing staff shortages in the cleaning, hygiene and waste sector will amplify the impact of a feared ‘twindemic’ combining winter flu and new immune evasive Sars-Cov-2 variants. The cleaning, hygiene and waste sector – which is one of the ten biggest industries in the UK – has played…

Appointments

Cloudfm Makes Senior ESG Appointment

Cloudfm has appointed Katrina Christopoulos as head of ESG.Christopoulos will drive environmental and social policies within the company, working with customers and suppliers to accelerate change. Her previous roles include leading sustainability at Bloomberg in their London Headquarters, dubbed one of the most sustainable offices in the world, and having global responsibility as ISS’s head…

News

UAE Students Driving Demand for London Homes

Estate agency Chestertons Global reports that a record number of applicants to UK universities from the UAE is increasing demand for new homes in Central London. Data from the UCAS university admission service confirms a record number of students from the UAE have applied to UK universities in 2022. The UK is highly regarded as…

design

University of Arizona Revitalizes Campus with Addition of Student Success District

An interconnected ‘Student Success District’ designed by The Miller Hull Partnership in association with Poster Mirto McDonald has recently been completed at the University of Arizona’s Tucson Campus. The complex project redefines the Main Library and the Bear Down Gymnasium, reorients the entry to the Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library, and merges them with a…

Net Zero

Driving Innovation in East Birmingham with Digital Twin Modelling

A ‘digital twin’ which can model and test pathways to clean energy and net zero emissions in East Birmingham is being planned in a partnership between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City Council and Siemens. A feasibility study has been commissioned which demonstrates how a virtual representation of the energy and transport infrastructure within East…

Construction

Launch of Cavity Wall Insulation with Low Lamda Rating

ROCKWOOL is claiming the UK’s lowest thermal conductivity rating for its new stone wool acoustic and fire insulation product for cavity walls, NyRock® Cavity Slab 032. Providing specifiers with a low lambda, non-combustible stone wool slab for full and partial fill masonry cavities that enables a thinner wall construction, the solution utilises the company’s patented…

Automation & AI

Harnessing AI to Meet the EU’s Gas Reduction Target for Member States

Adopting artificial intelligence can help EU member states reach the voluntary 15 per cent gas reduction target set by the EU Council in July 2022 according to Arloid Automation, which advocades coupling AI with building management systems to control and save on energy and coolant use. According to the Council of the EU’s press release…

Fire

Green Light for Factory Rebuild Following Fire?

Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA), questions recent press reports of planning permission being granted for a manufacturer to rebuild premises destroyed by a fire.  An unsprinklered manufacturing facility in Kidderminster destroyed by a major fire in 2021 will now be rebuilt, or so the newspapers report. One could think that this…

Perspectives

Energy Crisis: Why Now’s the Time for UK Businesses to Act

Jamie Cameron, Director of Digital Solutions at Johnson Controls UK&I, comments on the need for businesses to reduce their expenditure on energy as hundreds of thousands of businesses are projected to fall victim to rising energy prices. As measures are being implemented to ease the effects of the energy crisis for households, we’re officially starting…

Automation & AI

Why the Commercial Property Sector Needs to Take Responsibility for Water Scarcity

With hose pipe bans coming into effect across the United Kingdom, Ross Sheil, SVP at AI powered building intelligence platform Infogrid asks why so much of the onus for reducing water consumption is falling on consumers rather than the commercial real estate sector. With rivers drying up around the world and droughts being declared across…

Construction

UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation Launches Asset Information Management Common Data Environment

The United Kingdom Defence Infrastructure Organisation has launched the next phase of its Asset Information Management Common Data Environment (AIM CDE), using the intelligent data management platform, gliderbim®. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has successfully led a phased deployment of a new AIM CDE, using the gliderbim platform and with the support of Glider’s information…

design

Summer School: A Fire Safety Curriculum

As educational facilities revel in a summertime of empty hallways and classrooms, Sue Corrick, EMEA Product Manager at Allegion UK, explains why it’s the perfect time to assess fire door hardware. The great British summertime has arrived, known for its quintessential rainy days, packed out beach fronts and extended educational term breaks. By the time…

Cleaning

Pinnacle Group Regains Community Housing Contract

Solihull Community Housing (SCH) which operates housing services on behalf of Solihull Council in England’s West Midlands has selected Pinnacle Group as the cleaning contractor for a council-owned portfolio of over 600 homes and administrative facilities. Pinnacle previously held the £1 million contract between 2010 and 2015. As part of the latest agreement which came…

design

The Haunting Impact of Decisions Past

Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) revisits a fire in a commercial laundry facility in the United Kingdom to argue building operators must look beyond current safety regulations. Recent years have highlighted the impact of design decisions on fire safety during the construction of buildings and the ensuing need for remediation. It…

News

Charitable Foundation to Donate Proceeds from US $37M Sale of North Hollywood Industrial Park

Cushman & Wakefield has advised charitable foundation, The Ben B. and Joyce E. Eisenberg Foundation, on the disposal of a fully leased industrial park totaling 139,567 square feet in North Hollywood, California, with all proceeds from the sale to support the foundation’s charitable activities. Known as the Sherman Way Industrial Center, the multi-tenant property consists…

Education

Evolution to Review Security Systems at Goldsmiths, University of London Under New Maintenance Contract

Evolution has been appointed to deliver security maintenance by Goldsmiths’ College under a contract that will see the fire and security systems business undertake a comprehensive review of all security systems at the member institution of the University of London. Goldsmiths teaches a range of subjects across the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and is…

Best Practice

What FMs Need to Know About EV Charging at Client Locations

Clive MacKinnon, a project director with ABM Technical Solutions in the United Kingdom, considers the technical and operational challenges that are typically encountered by facilities managers overseeing EV charging installations. The electric vehicle revolution is here and EV charging is set to become an expected part of all built environments. From this year, large buildings…

Featured

The New Standard of Indoor Air Quality

John McPherson, managing director, ABM UK, explains why the absence of a consensus global standard for Indoor Air Quality presents difficulties for facility managers, and the measures his company is taking to preventing sick building syndrome (SBS) in client locations. The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically disrupted life around the world, and most profoundly, our interactions outside…

Best Practice

Fire Crews Called Out to Bakery Fire on Same Street as Earlier West London Incident

Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance, comments on the response of fire crews in West London to a devastating industrial fire last month on the very same road that destroyed a similar business on the same road in Park Royal in London two years earlier. The major blaze at the Al Bahij bakery…

Net Zero

S. Property Group in Swedish Smart Community Collaboration

Serendipity’s property company, the Stockholm-based S. Property Group, has confirmed the involvement of smart infrastructure providers Vattenfall and Three Sweden, Samsung Electronics and ABB (via an existing partnership with Samsung) in a new smart urban environment it is developing in Stockholm’s commuter belt. The developer expects implementation of the Brobyholm project which will be located…

FM Magazine

Clearing the Air

Mark Bouldin, environmental specialist at Johnson Controls, explains why indoor air quality (IAQ) ought to be as important a political narrative as the health and wellbeing of building users is imperative. The importance of clean air is finally being recognised. In the United Kingdom, a new clean air law will be serve as a fitting…

design

The Science of Air: Installing Modular Structures in Manufacturing Facilities

Paul Jakse, VP Sales for industrial solutions supplier AeroGo explains how largely redundant hovercraft transport technology is being used to resolve obstacles to erecting modular structures within factories. Construction of modular structures in many manufacturing facilities has historically proven challenging, especially the material handling process. Space available tends to be too restricting and the modular…

Contracts

O2 Telefónica Deutschland Awards STRABAG Exclusive IFM Contract

O2 Telefónica Deutschland has appointed STRABAG PFS as the exclusive provider of integrated facilities management (IFM) services for its portfolio of 275 retail outlets, data centres and 15 office buildings across Germany, includes the 37-storey O2 Tower in Munich. The three-year contract which takes effect from September 2022 includes a two-year option to extend, and…

Automation & AI

Honourable Mention for Schneider Electric IntenCity Net-zero Carbon Building Operation

Schneider Electric has achieved an Honourable Mention in the Architecture category of Fast Company’s 2022 ‘World Changing Ideas Awards’ for IntenCity, its new net-zero carbon in building operation Building of the Future in Grenoble, France. With buildings responsible for an estimated 40 per cent of global CO2 emissions and more than 30 per cent of the…

Environment

Cloudfm Welcomes UK Net Zero Report

Cloudfm has welcomed a House of Commons Environment Audit Committee (EAC) report that calls for whole-life carbon assessments of larger buildings. ‘Building to net zero: costing carbon in construction’ criticises the government for focusing too much on reporting energy efficiency and lacking the impetus to mandate reporting on embodied carbon emissions for the whole life…

Environment

Supporting DGNB Sustainable Building Certification

07.09.2021, 17:01 Supporting DGNB Sustainable Building Certification MeteoViva Climate has been recognised as a service by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) “Buildings in Operation” certification programme. The implementation of the company’s energy management and indoor climate control platform is now automatically linked to a guaranteed level of compliance, regardless of the specific characteristics of…

Energy Management

Beware of MEES

Jonathan Rhodes, head of commercial valuations and Rob Burke, director of building consultancy at Cluttons, caution commercial property owners and lenders following the closure of the UK government’s consultation on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). Following the closure of the MEES consultation in June this year, the property sector has a lot of work to…

Blog

Decrypting the UK’s Sheltered Housing Fire Standards

With new fire safety legislations demanding a renewed focus on safety in all residential settings, Karen Trigg, business development manager, Allegion UK, explains why care home and sheltered housing associations must prioritise fire door maintenance. The regulations and standards associated with fire safety and sheltered, assisted and social housing are, by necessity, robust. Yet, the…

Blog

Beyond Document Q Compliance

Karen Trigg, business development manager, South East, at Allegion UK, considers Document Q approval requirements for security products used in dwellings. The importance of products being Document Q approved is now widely understood by architects, developers, installers, and increasingly, homeowners. Following the introduction of these standards in October 2015, which apply to all new residential…

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