Building information modelling (BIM) is taking the building services design industry by storm, but what can it possibly do for FMs? Sue Sharp has some answers.
The emergence of a new generation of intelligent design tools is already changing building engineering design and, as it develops, will be pivotal in delivering the better performing buildings the country needs, with many long-term benefits for their owners and operators.
Giuliano Digilio explains why facilities managers need to be aware of the latest technologies in commercial audio-visual integration systems.
The proliferation of AV integration is staggering. Constant technological advances have meant that multi-faceted systems, combining lighting, sound, television, internet, computer systems and more, are becoming increasingly desirable to corporate clients.
Surveying, as defined by the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), is the science and art of making all essential measurements to determine the relative position of points or physical and cultural details above, on, or beneath the surface of the Earth, and to depict them in a usable form, or to establish the position of points or details.
When considering upgrading chiller plant to improve energy efficiency, it’s worth being aware of the features that are now available on modern plant. Dean Ward of Climaveneta UK explains.
A draft report published in July by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), entitled ‘Capturing the full electricity efficiency potential of the UK’, has highlighted the importance of reducing electricity consumption to help meet energy targets. It also suggests that the biggest areas for savings include building efficiency improvements in the commercial sector.
How many? How busy? How old? How safe? Just a few of the questions every facilities manager or management team will be asking about their automatic doors. GEZE UK’s service director Steve Marshall explains how capturing data, and using it well, can make door maintenance easier, more transparent and even reduce the lifetime cost of the doors.
Darren Ling, a Director of Systems Hygienics, talks about the importance of complying with the regulations,
standards and guidelines to avoid the loss of your business, loss of life and facing fines or jail.
“Sick Building Syndrome” (SBS), as it was coined in the Health and Safety Guidance Notes HSG202, is the result of insufficient fresh air in buildings. This can lead to tiredness, lethargy, headaches and, in extreme cases, skin irritation for the building’s occupants. Insufficient air in buildings is directly related to poor function of the building’s ventilation ductwork. But SBS is not the full extent of the dangers posed by breathing contaminated air from dirty ventilation ductwork.
By Anthony Smith, BENG, MIET, Lantei Compliance Services
At the beginning of this year we saw changes to the wiring regulations come into effect, in the form of BS7671 17th edition incorporation amendments 1, 2011: One of the largest fundamental changes to the wiring
regulations concerned inspection and testing, from January 1, 2012 the old periodic inspection reports were no longer to be used and became non-compliant.
- Indoor air quality - its importance and measurement
- New regulations in practice: What facilities managers need to know
- AC and refrigeration owners face tough new laws
- Outsourcing M&E maintenance
- Finding common ground
- Transparency offers a clear advantage
- Infrared inspections for building and facilities maintenance
- Services engineers take on the sustainability challenge
- Infrared building energy inspection
- Overcoming the myth of integrated technology
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