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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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An Enterprise View of the Internet of Things
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Undoubtedly you’ve heard about the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Everything (IoE). A lot of the information revolves around futuristic claims that are easy to think of as fantasy. However, businesses are implementing IoT projects today. This article shows what they’re doing, and how you and your environment could be affected, and…

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Technology innovation & IoT deliver a double-hit sustainability option
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In NYC, Bigbelly smart garbage bins are equipped with sensors and solar power to notify city collectors when a bin is at capacity, plus the same smart technology is supplying information and WiFi with speeds up to 75mbps. Now that’s a technology innovation! So far, NYC has installed more than 170 of these smart garbage…

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Seven hot trends in Facilities Management
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There are some important trends evident in the area of Facilities Management (FM). These are the factors that need to be considered when planning for innovation in FM. 1. Sustainability: continues to grow in importance and prominence worldwide. Organizations have begun to incorporate it into business goals and culture, and within the profession, it has…

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Virtual Reality: Is this the next big ‘edge’ for property developers?
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Imagine if property buyers could ‘walk’ through a new off-the-plan apartment or home without even entering the building. www.theurbandeveloper.com Sound to far fetched? Well developers it’s not too far off! Two of the biggest players in the digital space, Google and Facebook, are pouring multi-millions into virtual reality technology. Both are already deep into the…

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Fair Work seeks to hold top of supply chain responsible
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As many of you are aware the majority of cleaning organisations don’t pay award wages, or enter into sham contracts with their employees, to eliminate entitlements. This in turns makes it impossible for reputable companies to compete on a fair playground, and devalues our industry. The good news is Fair Work will now require the…

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What can we learn from a massive laboratory for urban growth?
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For decades, China’s government has tried to limit the size of Beijing, the capital, through strict residency permits. Now, the government has embarked on an ambitious plan to make Beijing the center of a new supercity of 130 million people. The planned megalopolis, a metropolitan area that would be about six times the size of…

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