News and blogs

This page brings together the latest news and blogs for charity facilities managers.

Choice, control and space – what workers want

A new study of workers' office preferences shows that comfort, temperature and lighting are the most important considerations driving wellbeing.

The research, commissioned by the British Council for Offices and property consultants Savills, looked at at what workers want from their offices and aimed to identify likely trends which will affect the future of workspace design.

Pollutant warning over 'airtight' modern buildings

In the drive to cut energy bills and increase environmental sustainability, architects, designers and facilities managers are increasingly seeking to make buildings airtight.

However new research in Scotland shows that new and refurbished properties designed to be airtight are risking a build-up of harmful chemicals and moisture if people do not use ventilation correctly.

Nearly 1,500 pubs listed as Assets of Community Value

Community groups across England have come together to list their local pubs as community assets in order to protect them from redevelopment.

5 stars available for Considerate Constructors

The new US embassy in London is one of the first construction sites to achieve a five star rating under the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is the national scheme to reward developers that run safe and considerate construction sites. It was designed to improve the image of the construction industry and to promote site safety.

FM body the Building Futures Group folds

The Board of the Building Futures Group has announced that the company has ceased trading.

A statement on the organisation’s website, entitled “The Building Futures Group announces business closure after two successful years”, gives no reason for the closure.

The Building Futures Group was set up following the merger of the Facilities Management Association and the former sector skills council Asset Skills and the Cleaning and Support Services Association (CSSA) in 2013.

Government sets out cuts to renewable energy subsidies

The Government has confirmed that it is to close the scheme which supports the development of roof-top and solar farm projects of up to five megawatts (MW).

Church Roof Repair Fund deadline is February 26

Churches have until Friday 26 February to apply for the second round of the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.

The Fund was set up by the Government to enable repair works to be undertaken to the roofs and rainwater goods of listed places of worship. This round has £25 million funding available which will be disbursed in grants of between £10,000 and £100,000.

New guide for managing visitor safety in historic buildings

The Visitor Safety in the Countryside Group (VSCG) has published a new guide on visitor safety designed for people managing historic properties.