Facilities management

Steve Taylor, founder of Platinum FM with Sue Pridmore and Nick Rix

New FM business to challenge existing models

According to a former chair of the Facility Management Association of Australia and his partners in a new business there is plenty of steam left in the outsourcing business and…

ARBS: how the new HVAC rating tool works

By Sandra Edmunds

22 May 2014 – A world-first design and performance rating method for HVAC systems is a step closer with the imminent release of an online tool for industry comment.

Melbourne 1200 Building Programs on HVAC 101

By Tina Perinotto

14 May 2014 — According to Bryon Price, strategic development director with A.G. Coombs, heating and cooling systems are generally quite well built and surprisingly resilient.

News from the front desk: Issue No 190

On lock-ups, taxes, Panzers and the Paris thing 8 May 2014 — In the view of one person in the lock up for the Victorian budget, the greenies weren’t happy.…

How tuning can lead to big performance gains in old buildings

By Andrew Smith, A.G. Coombs

8 May 2014 — You don’t need to invest in new equipment to get savings from older buildings. It’s possible to get up to a 50 per cent performance improvement in old building stock by tuning alone, A.G. Coombs’ Andrew Smith says.

Many people hear “retrofit” as a big rip-and-replace operation, but you don’t need to replace all your existing building systems to achieve substantial energy savings.

WGBC in search of elusive evidence on productivity

Staff reporters 3 March 2014 – The World Green Building Council has today (Monday) launched a research project to help define at last the health and productivity benefits of green…

IMF puts its money where its mouth is – with sustainable facilities management

By Willow Aliento

27 February 2014 – International Monetary Fund chief of facilities operations Steve Sakach shows that the IMF puts its money where its mouth is after its head Christine Lagarde urged Australia to continue action on climate. This week Sakach spoke to Willow Aliento in a phone interview ahead of his trip to Melbourne next week to deliver the keynote address to Total Facilities Live.

BuildingIQ shifts in Australian direction

By Willow Aliento

19 February 2014 — Energy efficiency technology provider BuildingIQ is expanding its Australian project base, as strategic partnerships with Schneider Electric and AE Smith open up new opportunities.