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Technology contracting can build ‘smart’ into your buildings’ foundations

Smart buildings are not a fad; they offer proven advantage. Technology contracting, an emerging best practice for construction of facilities, literally builds ‘smart’ into the supporting infrastructure of a building. It’s doing away with traditional multi-contractor autonomy, centralising management and responsibility for the planning, implementation and commissioning of complex supporting systems. The benefits are considerable, […]

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Green properties through renewable energy – a vision for the future

Improving sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of properties has become an important issue over the last few years, particularly within the commercial sector, due to a combination of social and economic pressures. Internationally, laws around carbon emissions are driving businesses to become more environmentally friendly or risk facing large financial penalties, and this combined […]

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Facilities Management vs. Project Management – why both are needed

Facilities Management (FM) has morphed over the past five to ten years, taking on a new role that is regarded as strategic to the corporate direction of the company. FM encompasses so much more than merely taking care of the facilities – such as maintaining the gardens, providing a cleaning service and outsourcing that essential […]

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Johnson Controls announces Panoptix Cloud solution – a new approach to Building Efficiency

Johnson Controls has recently announced its Panoptix solution, a new approach to building efficiency that makes it easier and more affordable for owners and operators of any size facility to achieve better building performance. The Panoptix solution includes four key components: . An open technology platform that makes it easy to collect and manage data […]

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Stop flushing your money down the drain

With the focus of the last few years being firmly centred on the energy crisis and the rapidly escalating costs of electricity, many organisations have focused their energy management and efficiency initiatives on this area, and for good reason. However electricity is not the only area in which organisations tend to waste money – many […]

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A vision for the future – zero energy buildings

As environmental responsibility and eco-consciousness grow across the globe, the world is looking to move towards more sustainable, greener practices, reducing carbon footprints and creating environments that have a lesser impact on the environment. Physical premises make up a large proportion of any organisation’s impact and as such there is a worldwide movement towards more […]

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Workplace design that can drive performance – across generations

Today three generations – Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y – share office space. However waiting in the wings is Generation F: the Facebook generation. It’s an interesting juncture in business history. It’s also one that, if handled astutely, could catapult innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and productivity within organisations. Workplace design, without doubt, can contribute […]

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Going green has never been easier – tipping point reached in SA

South African businesses lag their international counterparts in terms of turning their buildings ‘green’ but a tipping point has been reached – going green is today driven by a convincing mix of financial imperatives, adoption of triple bottom line principles and moral conscience. Being late to migrate to greener practices does have some advantages, however. […]

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Sustainability in the workplace

Incorporating sustainability or green initiatives in the workplace can be a challenge for some organisations. Challenges range from lack of support, unknowing what to do or simply, resistance to change. Organisational leadership needs to create a culture of sustainability within the organisation. They need to demonstrate the organisation’s commitment to sustainability, beginning with a long-term […]

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Top 10 tips to reduce your organisation’s carbon footprint

There is a common goal among building owners, facilities managers, executives and real estate developers – to have a building that works more efficiently, sustainably and profitably. Reducing the company’s carbon footprint is a sure way to reach an important part of that target. The benefits of operating efficiently and sustainably are increasing. Not only […]

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