Facilities management

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.

Brookfield Place surpasses NABERS target

By Cameron Jewell

19 February 2014 — Perth’s premium grade Brookfield Place has obtained a five star NABERS Energy rating, bettering the 4.5 star target the building had been designed for.

New HVAC rating tool to slash energy use

18 February 2014 — The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Airconditioning and Heating is helping to develop a rating tool for HVAC systems it hopes will have a “profound impact” on building energy use and costs. The Calculating Cool Online HVAC Rating Tool captures quantitative and qualitative data across design, installation and operational phases to “rate, reward and encourage” best-practice HVAC systems.

Report: Melbourne’s retrofit market on the up

By Willow Aliento

11 December 2013 — 2014 looks like a good year to be working in energy-efficient lighting in Melbourne, according to analysis in the 1200 Buildings, Melbourne Retrofit Survey 2013, which reveals the retrofit trend is continuing to gather momentum, with lighting upgrades the most popular activity.

Report: Melbourne's retrofit market on the up

By Willow Aliento

11 December 2013 — 2014 looks like a good year to be working in energy-efficient lighting in Melbourne, according to analysis in the 1200 Buildings, Melbourne Retrofit Survey 2013, which reveals the retrofit trend is continuing to gather momentum, with lighting upgrades the most popular activity.