This summer is the time to start practising load shifting in commercial buildings because by this time next year, the savings for demand management are going to become super lucrative.
A Singaporean business offering airconditioning as-a-service has its sights set on Australia, which could bring cheaper, ultra-efficient cooling to Australian buildings. Kaer’s revolutionary airconditioning model borrows from other industries that have “servitised” their offerings, such as Uber (mobility) and Spotify (music), which provide access to products rather than ownership. Rather than a building owner procuring […]
With mysterious outbreaks of coronavirus infections in hotels and aged care homes perhaps it’s the case that the virus is more airborne that we imagined.
Since 2017 the Lendlease Retirement Living portfolio has saved over 17 Olympic-sized pools of water and reduced residents’ outgoings by more than $180,000.
How do we know if the thing built meets expectations? There are ways to measure this so you can check out the “performance gaps” – the difference between the way a building, or any kind of space, was expected to operate, and how it operates in reality.
While the evidence so far indicates that increasing outside air circulation may help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in buildings, some common sense goes a long way for facility managers looking to keep occupants safe without wasting energy on overzealous air circulation.
We need to get back to work. Soon. But how will we feel safe from infections? Two companies are banking on ultraviolet light to kill the coronavirus but there are major safety threats. Here’s how they’re handling the challenges and creating solutions. Before we can get back into offices, schools, or board planes, buses or […]
What happens to energy efficiency when people desert the CBDs because of the COVID-19 pandemic to work from home, and then send energy consumption through the roof with their domestic consumption?
There is considerable interest in the role that HVAC may play in the transmission of COVID-19.
It was a busy summer for Adam Garnys, principal consultant at CETEC, a technical risk management consultancy with expertise in indoor air quality.
If it makes sense to you that data centres – consumers of 3 per cent of the world’s energy – should have to disclose how much energy they are using, then you’re not alone.
Melbourne’s Albert Park Preschool has become the first early childhood service to achieve carbon neutral certification from the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy.
This digital building management system is entirely virtual and led to a 47 per cent reduction in energy expenditure.
Market pulse: It’s typically hard to attract young people and women into engineering, operational and asset management roles.
Market Pulse: These days facilities management is about a lot more than keeping the lights on.
“The Spot”, constructed for the University of Melbourne’s Business and Economics faculty, was reported to be the first 5 Star Green Star university building in Australia. Constructed in Pelham Street, Carlton, it is, effectively, a test-bed for multiple sustainability approaches and technologies.
“Emotional tech” to track moods and a rise in measurement of indoor air quality are just some of the trends that will be under the microscope at Total Facilities wellness session this year
FROM THE TREASURE CHEST (2013) Comfort is a complex issue and very personal. I see that every day. Very highly paid workers surround me and you can be rest assured that, being a thermostat, I am blamed every day by a select few for not looking after their comfort needs.
Human nature and behaviour patterns are increasingly coming to the fore in managing energy efficiency for commercial buildings in particular. Now Johnson Controls has released a report showing it’s a rising trend.
Smart cities, changing workplace design, new international standards, sustainability and improved waste management are changing the face of the facilities management sector, and how facility managers do their job.
Sustainability lessons from some of Australia’s leading commercial property investment trusts are being applied to the strata sector in order to drive environmental, social and financial outcomes.
Sustainability, procurement and thermal comfort are three of the major trends changing the shape of the facilities management industry, according to Martin A Leitch, principal consultant at FM Scope, who has been involved in shaping Total Facilities expo in Sydney at the end of this month.
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 still some big challenges to crack – technology for instance New opportunities for energy savings exist through incorporating capital expenditure into maintenance contracts, says the […]
There’s a story going around that a building lauded by many as one of Sydney’s most sustainable just doesn’t work. Energy use is nowhere near as low as expected, and no one’s really sure why.
Celebrity chef Neil Perry has it in all his restaurants. The Melbourne Cricket Ground has it installed, and now the new Sydney Convention Centre has signed up.
Investment management company AMP Capital has said that it is working to incorporate social equality and human rights into its sustainability agenda.
Real estate services firm JLL and Indigenous-owned Pacific Services Group Holdings have established a new Indigenous facilities management company, evolve Facilities Management.
Climate change resilience and improving B and C grade building energy efficiency are high on the agenda for the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Airconditioning and Heating, the institute’s chief executive Phil Wilkinson says.
The new Framework for Project Team Integration and Building Information Modelling has launched today (Tuesday) in Canberra, making a strong case for the integration of facilities management professionals in the early design stages in order to improve the sustainability, efficiency and lifecycle costings of assets and facilities.
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.