News and blogs

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

Call for clearer Energy Tariffs for Business

The Federation of Small Business has called for energy companies to provide better information for small businesses. 

Last year the Government to forced the big utility companies to make their energy tariffs more transparent for householders. Now the Federation of Small Business  (FSB) wants the same rules to apply to businesses.

HSE publishes revised Asbestos Guidance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised its guidance how organisations should manage asbestos. It has made changes to the Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) with the aim of making it easier for employers to understand their legal obligations and protect their workers from the dangers of working with asbestos.

Imperial War Museum hit by Building Services Problems

The Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London is set to close for the first half of 2014, after the discovery of problems with the building services during recent renovation works.  

The closure, in the year of the Centenary of the outbreak of World War I, comes just six months after the museum building re-opened following major building works.

How many people does it take to change a lightbulb?

At Heathrow's Terminal Five, it seems the answer will be: a team of high-wire artists.

A report on the news site Exaro says the current dim lighting at Terminal Five is due to the fact that maintenance staff can't figure out a way to change the light bulbs.

Kenwood House re-opens after £5.95m Refit

English Heritage this week re-opened Kenwood House, an 18th Century stately home in Hampstead, after an 18 month-long repair and refurbishment project.  The project included repairs to the slate roof, chimneys and gutters, the installation of a lift,  as well as interior refurbishment and repainting of the main facade.

3 FM Industry bodies signal go-ahead for merger

Three facilities management industry bodies have announced that their proposed merger will go ahead.  The announcement comes after the Board of the sector skills council Asset Skills voted in favour of a proposed merger with the Facilities Management Association (FMA) and the Cleaning and Support Services Association (CSSA).

Conference: The Potential of Digital Technologies for Survey and Management

COTAC’s conference on “Digital Futures for Traditional Buildings” provided an opportunity to assess the potential of the latest digital technologies for recording and managing older buildings.  The event provided gave a fascinating insight into the rapid development of digital technologies, including 3D laser scanning, 3D modelling, LIDAR and BIM.

Recycling Rates fall Across London

Almost half of London's 33 London councils have recorded a fall in the proportion of household waste they recycled in 2012-13 compared with year before. 

Annual waste statistics from the Department for Environment (DEFRA) also revealed that more than 40% of London's waste was incinerated.  This is a rise of 17 percentage points over the past two years.