News and blogs

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

Government's New Solar Strategy targets Commercial and Community Roofs

Energy Minister Greg Barker has announced plans to turn public buildings, schools, factories, and community buildings into "solar hubs".

The Minister was launching the Governments new strategy document on solar energy.  This includes a range of proposals which could make it easier for charities to install solar pv on their buildings.   

New global measurement standard for office buildings

A new standard that will bring transparency and consistency to global real estate markets has been launched. 

The International Property Measurement Standard for Offices (IPMS for Office Buildings) is the result of a global effort to create a uniform method for measuring property. It is set to replace dozens of existing standards currently in use around the world.

New regulations on storing petrol

A new law on storing petrol came into force at the beginning of October 2014.

Charities may well store petrol for mowers, vans or buses. It is easy to overlook a petrol can in a corner of a shed. But the HSE warns that petrol is highly flammable and can give off vapour which can easily be set on fire. This means there is always a risk of a fire and/or an explosion if there is any source of ignition nearby.

The new Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 (PCR) apply to:

 Kew appoints contractors for £24m refurb

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has announced its appointment of contractors SG to carry out a £24 million restoration of its Temperate House.  The project is expected to take five years.

New Planning Court Signals Intentions

The new Planning Court for England and Wales started work in April -- and in one of its first cases the judge has rejected an application for a judicial review as “totally without merit”. 

Commentators say the robustness of the Court’s decision signals a determination to cut through lengthy appeal processes which can delay projects for up to a year. 

HSE launches new web resource to combat Occupational Disease

HSE has launched a new website to help organisations prevent work-related illnesses. 

Occupational disease is a big problem: in 2011/12 there were an estimated 1.1 million working people suffering from a work-related illness, with around 450,000 new cases of work-related ill health. An estimated 12,000 deaths each year are caused by past exposures to harmful substances at work.

The focus of the new HSE campaign will be on two key priority areas:

Diary Date: Facilities Show, UK Health and Safety, Firex, etc

Six industry shows relevant for charities facilities managers will be combined into one big event at London's ExCeL exhibition centre in June.

"Protection and Management 2014" is the new combined event for:

• The Facilities Show

• Safety & Health Expo

• FIREX International

• IFSEC International

• The Energy & Environment Expo, and

• The Service Management Expo.

HSE launches New Working at Height Guidance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched new guidance for working at height.  The new guidance aims to help businesses reduce accidents related to working at height.