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  • Category: Industry, Latest

Build-to-rent in Australia Build-to-rent (BTR) development is slowly gaining momentum in Australia, notably in key locations such as Sydney and Melbourne, due to higher housing costs and ever-increasing rental populations in these locations. The number of renter households in Australia has increased by 500,000 over the past decade, up to 31 per cent from 27…

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Green buildings and cognitive function
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  • Category: Green Building, Latest
Green buildings boost cognitive performance

Do people make smarter decisions in green buildings? A new study has found that employees’ cognitive performance scores averaged 101 percent higher in green buildings compared to conventional buildings. John Mandyck, United Technologies Chief Sustainability Officer says: “The payback for improved indoor environmental quality far outweighs the investment, considering that more than 90 percent of the costs…

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Facility management: drones prepare to take flight
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drones in Fact Management

Drones are becoming accepted as a tool to use in facility management: See how the new flying robots could help facility management and what the rules are for using drones.   Drone technology offers a host of potential benefits to facilities and maintenance managers looking for new technologies and tools that can enable them to…

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How the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchains and new apps will change your world
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Developers are working on a new app to track exactly where the components of products, even your food, come from… Labels on products that we buy can tell us a bit about the origins of that product, but they don’t tell us the whole story. There are many ethical questions that can be asked: Where…

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Facilities managers: Building IoT is about simplification & its success is tied to your knowledge
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A prime example of how the IoT is transforming building automation is the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas, as shown in this image. By harnessing the Internet of Things, the Aria Hotel is setting a new standard for the guest experience. Using ZigBee mesh networking technology supplied by Silicon Labs, the Aria treats its guests to…

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What is the Internet of Things?
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is an environment in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the Internet. A thing, in the Internet of Things, can be a person…

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Building management automation: IoT meets facility management for sustainable buildings
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There are growing advantages in deploying integrated building automation systems and bringing the Internet of Things into the world of facility management. Systems that control building functions such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); security; refrigeration; and lighting have historically operated as standalone entities. They have also, for the most part, occupied a select niche, separated…

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New! Solar for apartments – developers take a shine to solar
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A pilot program aims to boost solar panel uptake in apartments by offering a framework to share the benefits. Source:  The West Australian Rooftop solar might be a given for home owners with roof space and a need to reduce power bills, but it gets much more complex when applied to multi-story developments (MUDS). Many…

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The best 2 advances that could solve Australia’s Green Building energy deficits
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This week is World Green Building Week. According to the CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia, Rommily Madew, Australia has made giant leaps in green building and sustainability, but there remains an energy deficit in commercial and mixed-use multi-story buildings. The CEO’s comments below highlight the need for adopting innovative ideas to address the energy problem. There…

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Ten Key Steps to be proactive in planning resilience as a strategic facility manager.
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With extreme weather predicted to increase around the world, facilities can no longer wait to begin resilience planning. It makes sense to be proactive about strategic resilience planning and preparation. Forward-thinking building owners and facilities managers recognise the need to have a plan and get ahead of the issue with due diligence measures, such as conducting…

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