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Facility Management

June - July 2019

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.

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editor’s letter

Welcome to your mid-year edition ofFM. In this issue, we take an in-depth look into sustainability, and yes, FM delves much deeper than the everyday sustainability trends of reusable coffee cups and beeswax paper We’ve got a guide to flammable cladding for building owners, an application engineer’s insight on keeping electricity costs down and we’ve built a bridge to sustainable facility management with Haris Moraitis. Back in the office space, do you ever find a colleague’s voice more grating than usual? Or can you (almost) hear someone’s stomach rumble? Learn more in our feature about the emerging practice of sound masking technology and find out how you can muffle those distractions. And check out our lead feature, which runs through the best ways to give FM a little more love and recognition…

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facility management

Associate publisher Lachlan Oakley lachlan.oakley@niche.com.au (03) 9948 4952 Editorial editor@fmmedia.com.au Assistant editor Natalie Mortimer Advertising Business development manager Melissa Rijkers melissa.rijkers@niche.com.au (03) 9948 4992 Production Editorial design Keely Goodall Production manager Marie Delrieu marie.delrieu@niche.com.au Design and digital prepress Karl Dyer Publishing Chairman Nicholas Dower Managing director Paul Lidgerwood Publisher and commercial director Joanne Davies Financial controller Sonia Jurista…

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news roundup

First buildings open at Sydney’s revitalised technology precinct, South Eveleigh The Mirvac Group and its consortium partners, AMP Capital, Sunsuper and Centuria Property Funds recently celebrated the official opening of the first two buildings completed at Sydney’s revitalised technology and innovation hub, South Eveleigh. The precinct will be home to Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s 10,000 workers in the first building, Axle. The second complete building, Yerrabingin House, has a community centre, gym, childcare facility and an Australian-first Indigenous rooftop farm. The opening of the buildings is a significant milestone in the development of the South Eveleigh precinct, which is on track to be complete by 2020 and will be home to 18,000 workers. Once complete, the South Eveleigh precinct will consist of nine commercial buildings surrounded by shared public spaces with a diverse mix…

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new fm products

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if walls could talk…

An Australian company is using a wireless solution developed by UNSW, which provides the technology for buildings to monitor themselves and report problems autonomously. It is known as EMIoT– the network emergency lighting service covering buildings and facilities. EMIoT relies on LED exit signs as the backbone of a low-power meshed network that covers 99.9 percent of a building, extending coverage to areas such as car parks, pump and HVAC systems. WBS Technology is commercialising the new technology, with over 10 apartment complex installations complete in Australia. “All you need is to install the emergency lights, and they all automatically connect to each other, and that creates the network,” says Dr Wen Huof, from UNSW’s School of Computer Science and Engineering. “The emergency lights can then be networked with other devices via various…

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where is the love? in councils, contracts & creativity

THE CHALLENGE One of the FM industry’s largest and longest running challenges is its aspiration to be perceived by organisations as a strategic resource rather than a cost burden. This is amplified in local councils where FM is faced with a perfect storm of constrained budgets, a high degree of scrutiny and a wide range of stakeholders, including members of the public, councillors and colleagues – several of whom hold mutually contradictory views and are adept at criticising effectively and lobbying proactively. Anyone who has worked in this type of environment knows the tightrope that the FM team can find themselves walking between meeting conflicting demands and the high level of accountability that comes with the management and delivery of publicly funded services across a transparent, disaggregated portfolio. What’s more, technological innovation…