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Looks at why investment in the work environment is important to the success of investment in information technology. Begins by looking at the history of the use of computers in the office environment, detailing in particular how the introduction of computers has altered office practices. Goes on...
Reviews current key areas of acknowledged best practice in “green” design and building management systems including the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method, Eco labelling and “green” building materials profiling systems. Identifies and discusses specific...
Over recent years the concept of structured cabling has become well established and is now being challenged by the requirements of the intelligent building. An intelligent building is one in which the building fabric, space, services and information systems can respond efficiently to the initial...
Restates some old truths and suggests some new areas within the special areas of maintenance multi‐skilling teams. Multi‐skilled teamworking, properly resourced as a cultural change process and not an administrative reform, can assure business success by making teamworking useful across the...
Looks at the practical and physical elements which employers and employees need to consider when implementing homeworking. Considers the benefits of homeworking for both employer and employee and discusses the two most important considerations: equipment and space.
The last few years of tight economic conditions have served to focus on the need for all organizations to be as “lean and mean” as possible. In this context, the need for the facilities function to contribute to the overall effort in full is clear. Indeed, many have argued that such a large...
Concerns the real estate holdings of a recently privatized utilities business. The holdings consist of two leasehold business office premises and 13 freehold line depots. The proposed strategy is to rationalize these with regard to the forecast future growth of new services in the district. The...
Policy, objectives and strategy comprise the “front‐end” components of a successful health and safety management system (SMS) which every employer should set up. The particular strategy represents the focus of attention over a defined period of time, typically 1‐5 years, and determines...
Assesses the significance of building performance in the context of facilities management. Its relevance has much to do with the growing recognition that it is an important benchmark source in facilities management. Builds on the premiss that essentially, facilities management deals with the...
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