Environment

Letters to the Editor

Letters: Cheaper Bills, Warmer Homes

Tony Beer, managing director of community and supply change co-operative RetrofitWorks, comments on a recent proposal for ‘future-fitting’ homes to tackle climate change and the UK’s cost of living crisis by a cross-selection of industry experts. Dear Editor, RetrofitWorks is proud to have been contributors to the insightful Cheaper Bills, Warmer Homes Strategy which was…

News

NHS Property Services Awards Consultancy Contract for National Smarter Buildings Programme

NHS Property Services are working with Leeds-based energy analytics and industrial IoT business Hark Systems to design a smarter building programme for 3,600 National Health Service facilities. The contract which has been confirmed for an initial period of three months will focus on designing an “Eco-System of technology” to enable the connectivity of buildings and…

design

Launch of Innovative Off-grid Lighting System

Scottish solutions business Eco Group has launched an innovative off-grid lighting system to cut energy bills and reduce the carbon footprint of businesses in partnership with renewable energy solutions specialist Kight Off-Grid Solutions. Eco Off-Grid is a standalone LED street lighting system which works independently from the grid. Powered by solar and wind energy, it can…

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…

Contracts

Rochford District Council in Waste Collection Partnership with Norse

Rochford District Council has appointed Norse Group, the Local Authority Trading Company (LATC) of Norfolk County Council, to deliver waste and street cleansing services under a new eight-year contract. The agreement comes into effect today, with Norse succeeding Suez, Rochford’s previous environmental contractor. Norse is owned by Norfolk County Council and brings together building consultancy…

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

OUTCO Builds Greener Fleet with Volkswagen Finance

UK outdoor compliance specialist OUTCO has signed a two-year deal with Volkswagen Financial Services Rent-A-Car as part of an initiative to modernise its fleet and reduce emissions with new vehicles that feature efficient and Euro 6 compliant engines. The leasing deal replaces an older fleet of owned and hired vehicles with 16 vehicles for OUTCO’s…

Construction

Knowledge at your Fingertips

Industry collaboration body the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum (CLF) has taken a major step towards achieving greater openness, transparency and information exchange within the construction industry in Scotland following its launch of a revolutionary new data dashboard. Available via its own website, the dashboard will benefit the sector, companies and individuals by collecting and disseminating…

Case Studies

Information Management for HMPS Estates

Digitalised building information management (BIM) solutions provider Glider recently worked alongside the UK Ministry of Justice to implement its flagship Common Data Environment (CDE at new prison, HMP Wellingborough, as part of a complex project involving a substantial data set. Due to the extent of data involved, and the project being mandated as ISO 19650-4 deliverable,…

Environment

Quorn and Sodexo Launch Novel Carbon Neutral Contract Catering Solution

Meat free brand Quorn has joined forces with leading food services provider, Sodexo, to begin the global roll out of Carbono Cero, the world’s first carbon neutral solution for food services. The solution could save at least 7,296 tonnes of carbon each year. This month sees the initial roll out of Carbono Cero at a…

Environment

UK’s GMB Union Comments on Incident Involving a Supermarket Sushi Maker

WAITROSE AND SAINSBURY’S SUSHI MAKER LOSES TIPS OF FINGERS IN ACCIDENT THEN CLAIMS BOSSES SENT HIM TO A&E IN TAXI  “If they sent the fingertips with ice with me to the hospital I’d still have them intact today,” says GMB Union member   A sushi maker sliced off the tips of two fingers in and accident…

Construction

Pioneering Biodiversity Units Marketplace Launching in Cambridge

Developers will soon be securing biodiversity units ‘off the shelf’ from a habitat bank in South Cambridgeshire under a partnership between property consultancy Bidwells and Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC).  It’s the first scheme of its kind to be delivered in England and will be a one-stop-shop for developers seeking to offset impacts on biodiversity in…

Corporate Social Responsibility

City of London Corporation Announces ‘Clean City Awards’ Winners

A City of London firm which prevented food waste by delivering 80,000 meals to families in need during the Covid-19 pandemic has been selected for one of the UK’s top environmental awards. Global investment management giant Barings was recognised in the Clean City Awards which are organised by the City of London Corporation to celebrate…

Environment

WBCSD Welcomes Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls has joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), an organisation of over 200 forward-looking companies. As a leader in smart, healthy buildings, sustainability has been a central focus of Johnson Control’s operations for decades. The company was one of the earliest to report emissions and pledge emission reductions and has made…

Egypt

Innovative Egyptian Developer to Exhibit at MIPIM 2022 (Cannes, 15th to 18th March)

Property developer Mountain View will be represented within the Egyptian Pavilion at MIPIM 2022, where it will launch an innovative ‘Happiness by Design’ Index whilst showcase 15 projects in prime Egyptian locations. Happiness by Design, an initiative from Mountain View, CallisonRTKL (CRTKL), and Delivering Happiness, will bring together the science of happiness and science of…

Contracts

STRABAG PFS Awarded DEMIRE Integrated Services Contract

STRABAG Property and Facility Services (STRABAG PFS) has been awarded a 3-year integrated property and facilities management, and ESG reporting services contract at 65 commercial properties owned by DEMIRE Deutsche Mittelstand Real Estate in Germany. DEMIRE’s portfolio offers a total leasable area of over a million square metres, with the company’s investment strategy focused on…

Environment

EFI Recognised with European Digital Print Production Awards

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) has received two European Digital Press (EDP) Awards from the European graphics arts trade press in recognition of its advancements in digital print production. The EFI VUTEk Q5r roll-to-roll UV LED printer beat competition in the large/wide- format printing systems category for printers above 350-centimetres wide. EDP judges honoured EFI Fiery…

Cleaning

European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2022

Incentive FM has been shortlisted for the European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2022, which will take place at the Hotel Le Plaza in Brussels on 28th April. The prestigious awards have recognised Incentive FM in the Excellence in Client Contractor Relationships category, for its work with British Land at Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre in Leicester.   Glenn…

Cleaning

Why Real-time Data is Essential for Efficient Cleaning

Dan Teare, sector director for the mpro5 field service management platform from Crimson Tide, explains how data can unlock value during cleaning operations. The pandemic has been an eye-opening experience, with millions of us now questioning just how clean our everyday environment is. In a time when personal health should be a number one priority,…

Energy Management

Ensuring Operational Resiliency at the World’s Largest Soluble Coffee Facility

Nestlé is deploying EcoStruxure Asset Advisor, Schneider Electric’s connected operational resiliency and efficiency platform at the Nescafé plant in Toluca, Mexico City.   With daily production of approximately one million jars of coffee a day, the plant is Nescafé’s – as well as the world’s – largest facility of its type, and key to the…

Case Studies

Spotlight on Pest Control

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) is inviting facilities managers in the United Kingdom to attend PestEx, its annual expo offering exclusive insights into the work of pest management professionals and their role in protecting premises and businesses. PestEx 2022, which is being hosted by the trade body at ExCel London fro 16-17 March, will…

Environment

EMCOR UK Introduces New Parental Leave Policy

EMCOR UK has introduced 26 weeks maternity leave on full pay, 6 weeks paternity leave on full pay, and several other innovative entitlements for employees with two years’ service following a revamp of its parental leave provision. Developed by the company’s Gender Focus Group, the updated policy takes account of employee feedback, in line with…

News

Companies Unprepared for Hybrid Working

Over half of companies in the EMEA region are still not ready to implement a structural shift to support hybrid working and must do more to create responsible, personalised and experiential workplaces, according to a new report from JLL. A key finding of the research is that organisations, globally, are looking to continue flexibility in…

Environment

Feedr Launches in Edinburgh

Compass Group has introduced Feedr, the workplace delivered food technology platform it acquired in March 2020 to the City of Edinburgh. Developed in the United Kingdom, the foodservice solution offers employers a scalable way to feed teams, either on-site in the workplace or at home. Following its success in serving clients across London, Manchester and…

Environment

Johnson Controls Launches IAQ as a Service Solution

Johnson Controls has launched an OpenBlue Indoor Air Quality Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The new offering is the first dedicated “as-a-service” Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) solution for buildings, delivering energy-efficient, turnkey clean air outcomes with an innovative financing model. “Johnson Controls believes the best healthy buildings strategy is a holistic one,” explains Ganesh Ramaswamy, vice president and president, Global…

Environment

Toyota Offers Lithium-ion, Lead-acid and Hydrogen Forklifts

Toyota Material Handling UK has launched a new range of electric counterbalance forklifts. Designed for both indoor and heavy-duty outdoor applications, the Traigo80 80-volt electric counterbalance range is offered with a choice of lithium-ion, lead-acid or fuel cell power solutions. Customers who opt for lithium-ion batteries can select two intelligent energy packs based on Toyota’s own…

Environment

Frost & Sullivan Recognition for Facilio

Frost & Sullivan has recognised IoT building operations and maintenance platform Facilio with a Best Practices’ Product Leadership Award.  With multiple nominees in the category, Frost & Sullivan evaluates participating companies across two dimensions—product portfolio attributes and business impact. Facilio emerged as the winner of the award demonstrating 5-times growth over the last 6 quarters,…

Energy Management

Dura Composites Announces Partnership with Anderton Concrete

Dura Composites and Anderton Concrete are teaming up to help Energy and Infrastructure customers access the best in pre-cast concrete troughs and GRP composite trench covers from a single supply chain source partner. It is the first time a heavy duty precision pultruded GRP technology solution has been designed holistically, with both the lid and trough manufactured…

Engineering

G3 Systems supports Falklands Helicopter Search and Rescue

Global engineering and service solutions provider G3 Systems has completed its first field service visit to British International Helicopters (BIH) at Mount Pleasant Airfield in the Falkland Islands. The purpose of the visit was to provide condition assessment surveys and servicing of essential Ground Support Equipment (GSE) for two Search and Rescue (SAR) Helicopters based…

Environment

Veganuary: Corporate Demand for Vegan and Vegetarian Menu Choices

As it marks “Veganuary” 2022, Sodexo is reporting increasing sales of vegan and vegetarian menu options at  corporate foodservice locations in the UK. Food sales data from the global foodservice provider shows that, by the end of 2021, vegan and vegetarian meal options made up 13 per cent of all meal sales at offices and…

Environment

Rewarding Consumers of Sustainable Beauty Products

A new partnership between UK loyalty app Embargo and eco-beauty brand Faith In Nature will incentivise purchases of refillable products.   App users buying qualifying products at participating outlets will be rewarded with loyalty points which can later be traded for free product refills.   According to the company’s literature, Faith In Nature currently saves…

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