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Facility Management

September - October 2020

Facility Management is Australasia's premier independent magazine addressing the needs of professional building and property managers and their suppliers. Readers are interested in the latest information regarding the operation, efficiency and design of commercial buildings.

Niche Media Pty Ltd
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor's letter

The year rolls on and life continues to give and take away. How has 2020 been for you? We’ve well and truly hunkered down into this pandemic and, for many of us, all that’s left to do is to continue on, doing the best we can, looking out for ourselves and those close to us. Plenty more uncertainty is on the horizon, most of it out of our control. I’m done talking about how we should try to find opportunities in these changing times; instead, focusing on getting through today and finding enjoyment where we can is about as constructive as we can get. And in some ways it’s all we can hope for, too. Many among us have been unlucky – those who’ve lost loved ones or jobs, or had…

1 min
fujitsu develops technology to fight facial authentication fraud

As biometric authentication gains popularity for access control and identification, so too do attempts to impersonate others, using images to assume their identity for the purpose of tricking facial recognition checks. Currently, telltale signs of forgery are spotted with near-infrared cameras – that measure the distance between the subject and the camera – or the user is required to move their head or face from side to side to eliminate the chances of forgery duplication with photos. These solutions are costly or lead to a drawn-out interaction with the user, slowing down the process. Fujitsu’s new system aims to make it possible to prevent impersonation, enhancing security without sacrificing the convenience of face authentication. Reflections on the screen of a smartphone and distortion of the shape of the face are…

2 min
cement-free concrete trims the fat

Researchers from RMIT University have developed an eco-friendly zero-cement concrete, which they say all but eliminates corrosion. Concrete corrosion and ‘fatbergs’ – the large globs of congealed grease, fat, oil and non-biodegradable junk – plague sewage systems around the world and lead to costly and disruptive maintenance. The Water Services Association of Australia estimates maintaining sewage networks costs us $15 million each year. Furthermore, replacing underground concrete pipes is a tedious task, ripping up the ground is expensive and often has a ripple effect of prolonged traffic delays and neighbourhood nuisances. RMIT engineers, led by Dr Rajeev Roychand, have developed a concrete that can withstand the corrosive acidic environment found in sewage pipes, while reducing residual lime that leaches out and contributes to fatbergs. Some fatbergs have grown up to 200…

1 min
australia’s most waste-efficient building

171 Collins Street in Melbourne has recently achieved a six star NABERS Waste rating, making it the nation’s most waste-efficient building. Daily on-site measuring of all building waste, separation of bins by tenancy and floor to track waste on a micro level, biannual waste audits and specialist recycling activities involving paper hand towels, e-waste, coffee cups, batteries and printer cartridges make up some of the reduction initiatives. NABERS Waste ratings measure the percentage of building waste recycled, and implementing sophisticated recycling methods and achieving a high rating is dependent on factors including collaboration and community, environment, education, tenant engagement and collecting and analysing building data. Charter Hall Group and Cbus property were awarded the six star rating for the second consecutive year and attribute the impressive feat to partnerships with…

2 min
indoor air quality and ventilation under the microscope

While the World Health Organisation (WHO) lists no evidence of airborne transmission – though it does recommend precautions against airborne spread – many scientists now suspect the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted as an aerosol, as well as by droplets. If so, airborne transmission means poor ventilation is likely to contribute to infections. Numerous outbreaks in Australian aged care facilities have prompted reflection on the ventilation of these premises. In March, RMIT researchers found levels of carbon dioxide in some nursing homes that were more than three times the recommended level, which points to poor ventilation. In an article for The Conversation, Geoff Hanmer, Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Adelaide and Bruce Milthorpe, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Science at University of Technology Sydney, used the example of the…

1 min
new fm products

Brightgreen HR200 UVC Escalator Handrail Light One of the germicidal UV-C light manufacturer’s latest products is a safe handrail light for escalator applications. The LED UV-C light is mounted approximately 15mm above the escalator handrail on the underside of the escalator, so that it is not visible or accessible to users. As the escalator operates, the handrail automatically gets sterilised as it slowly passes the light. The high efficiency of the LEDs paired with their close proximity to the handrail surface enable a full sterilisation each rotation. Aqueous hot water systems Designed to provide commercial, hospitality, industrial and domestic users with near-instant hot water, the Aqueous MK2 water heaters from Aus J save water energy and time. Features include a durable outer case with service and inspection points, SPCC (high commercial quality) steel…