19 December 2019 | Facilitate Team
We are a profession that loves to learn. We placed tremendous value on continuous professional development. Our Know How section does its best to help IWFM members supplement their professional knowledge with technical and legal explainers, and practical guides to improve solutions to familiar problems.
Enjoy some of our favourites from 2019.
The Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) regulations come into force in April 2019 and FMs need to be prepared, says Jamie Tabord.
It's essential to support employees with mental health issues through an effective employee assistance programme, says Gary Danson.
At 20 years old, Cycle to Work is one of the most successful employee benefits schemes, providing a number of business advantages, explains Gary Webb.
Teaching employees to follow health and safety (H&S) regulations needs to be integrated into business culture, says Matthew Bailey.
What happens when front-of-house staff ditch their uniforms for their own clothes? Michael Schumacher reveals the results.
In a volatile market, more businesses are choosing behind-the-meter renewable generation and energy storage, says Matthew Clayton.
Several factors must be considered when choosing canteen flooring, such as who will use the space, what they will use it for and the challenges these raise, says Kevin Potter.
Boreholes can help manufacturers safeguard their production processes from potential water shortages, explains Gary Sewell.
Robbie Blanchfield explores the benefits of resin injection in buildings.
In the UK, 7.5 million mattresses are sent to landfill sites, but FMs should dispose of them more sustainably, says Nick Oettinger.
A UPS backed up by a generator will protect against extended blackouts but take heed of these key considerations, says Alex Emms.
Asbestos in health facilities is dangerous; trusts need a management plan to keep patients safe, says Denis Morgan.
Facilities managers can earn a tax break on their next capital energy-efficient equipment purchase, says May Laghzaoui.
Soaring divorce rates create uncertainty for family-run companies but there are ways to guarantee business as usual, says Mark Buttery.
Demand-Side Response (DSR) may seem complicated but AI can make it simple for FMs, says Richard Ryan.
REGO-backed 100 per cent renewable electricity contracts can save the planet and your costs, says Will Richardson.
A good maintenance agreement is essential for the longevity of your building's lifts and should be negotiated effectively at the outset, says Nick Mellor.
Cat A + is growing in popularity as the traditional office is evolving in response to occupier demand, says Ben Gillam.
Forget status symbols and focus on trust and support to build non-hierarchical workplace culture, says Ceri Henfrey.
Choosing between PU and epoxy resin flooring systems depends on the environment, explains Chris Dobbie.
More than 25 per cent of the heat from most buildings escapes through the windows - 90 per cent through the glass itself. But Phil Brown says thermal-insulation glass can keep heat in.
The government's Clean Air Strategy aims to improve indoor air quality and facilities managers can help to implement it, says Mark Taylor.
Continuous benchmarking enables organisations to implement effective change, says Mike Boxall.
As working becomes more flexible and varied, the Good Work Plan aims to guarantee workers' protections, says Tina Chander.
As 68 per cent of employees use cars to get to work, we need to use technology to solve the headache of managing staff parking, says Garret Flower.
The latest generation of refrigerants was designed to help to mitigate global warming, but there's an impediment to their widespread use, says Tim Mitchell.
Temporary HVAC equipment and service provision can help organisations suffering from emergency HVAC breakdowns, says Carl Webb.
The IoT helps facilities managers to monitor water use, prove compliance and improve water safety, says Kevin Belben.
Organisations need to consider how Brexit might affect existing contracts as well as those that come into force after an exit deal is made, says Lindsay Ellis.
Knowing the relevant waste legislation will keep you on the right side of the law when disposing of it, says Jason Mohr.
Using netting to stop birds from nesting should be a last resort, says Dave Smith.
A well-designed workplace restaurant can improve well-being and productivity by enticing staff from their desks, says Damon Brown.
Choosing the right assistive listening technology will make spaces more accessible to those with hearing impairment, says Andrew Thomas.
Strategic deployment of print and document services can boost operational efficiencies and workplace productivity, says Nigel Allen.
As distribution network operators (DNOs) transition to distribution system operators (DSOs), large energy users are in a strong position to contribute to a smart, low-carbon energy system, says Andrew McKenna.
On-site generation and consumption of renewable energy can be as healthy for a business's finances as it is for the planet, says Rob van de Veerdonk.
Optimising waste management requires understanding how and why waste was created in the first place, and the best way to get rid of it, says Jo Gibbs.
A seasonal approach can make grounds maintenance simpler for FMs, says Gareth Ihmig.
Thermal fluid systems are a better choice for FMs operating industrial laundry equipment but they need regular maintenance to keep temperatures high, says Clive Jones.
Organisations should strive for high indoor air quality to ensure employee well-being, says Ryan Sit.
Piloting drones at Tesco stores has helped to combat fly-tippers, says Tom Acland.
Landscape protection products can help FMs to defend retail spaces against vehicle-borne terrorist attacks without turning them into utilitarian-looking fortresses, says Jaz Vilkhu.
A good obsolescence management plan needs a risk assessment register, says David Khanna.
Business responsibility is not a passing fad - it's a serious concern to anyone working in FM, says Victoria Hughes.
Flocked floor coverings are popular because they are far more cleanable than other construction floorings, says Paul Rogers.
Sound masking differs from white noise and helps in busy workplaces, says Penelope Harrell.
Gas cylinders are being stolen for their metal, but this can be dangerous. Proper disposal is essential, says Doug Thornton.
Leaks can cause expensive havoc in both domestic and commercial settings, so having an early warning sensor is of the utmost importance, says Krystian Zajac.
Side stream filtration will keep closed systems from failure, says Mick Prat.
A recent study by Clearway shows alarming levels of noncompliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) especially where CCTV is used, says Andrew Crowne-Spencer.
FMs need to be aware of front-end and back-end GDPR compliance, says Ian Osborne.
Reducing single-use plastics waste in the vending machine supply chain is challenging but achievable, says Jane Freeman.
If you're selling, know how to pitch, says Ian Jones.
David Laws offers advice on whether or not you should renew your lease.
Cables and plug sockets will soon become obsolete and devices will charge simply by being in a room with far-field wireless charging, says Dan Bladen.
The drive to reduce cost must not be allowed to compromise the safety performance of a building, says Brian Sofley.
Getting the seating in breakout areas wrong can rob the space of its effectiveness, says Quentin Petrykowski.
Disposal of obsolete capital catering assets requires planning and, when done correctly, could lead to money in the bank, says Paul Fieldhouse.
Pressure sensors enable variable speed pumps to optimise pump speed and maintain constant outlet pressure for reliable water supply, says Dan Mullen.
Reid Cunningham shares some of the core considerations for successful energy benchmarking, adapted from the IWFM Guidance Note on Energy Benchmarking.
Creating a positive narrative for occupational safety and health can turn discussions of OSH to POSH, says Louise Hosking.
Occupational skin disorders affect one in 10 workers and can be unpleasant and painful. But they can be avoided, says Chris Brooks.
A roof is one of the biggest asset management risks that facilities managers face, and a site condition survey will help to maintain this important 'out of sight' asset, says Daren Fraser.
Kitchen extract ductwork now has its own specification TR19 Grease separating kitchen extract cleaning and compliance from other ventilation ductwork. Gary Nicholls explains the change.
App-based meeting room booking technology offers flexibility and efficiency, says Daniel Gustafsson Salmonsson.
Workplace and facilities managers can bring the hospitality and tourism mindset to their corporate offices, says Tom Carroll.
Although squatting of homes is illegal, vacant commercial properties remain prone to invasions of several kinds, explains Nicholas Bye.
Most FMs think of extraction when it comes to carpet cleaning, but they should consider encapsulation, says Mike Watt.
Clean air is one answer to the productivity challenge, says Julie Godefroy.
Large FM companies running multiple contracts need to establish a baseline for cleaning standards and excellence, says Yvonne Taylor.
The IoT is a powerful means to ensure compliance of water systems, says Spencer Culley.
Organisations have a responsibility to be energy savers; using an energy management system can help, says Anthony Vasey.
Relying on a solid Request for Proposal (RFP) process when procuring FM software is advantageous, says Doug Ingraham.
Borrowing from technology used in manufacturing and agriculture, commercial cleaners have adopted electrostatic spraying as a faster and more cost-effective method, says Chris Romagnolo.
Videoconferencing is defined by the unified communications platform, leaving customers at the mercy of vendors, Mike Halliday explains.