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Facility Management

Facility Management April - May 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.

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editor's letter

From the bushire summer to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s impossible to recall a more challenging start to a year – and it looks like it’s going to get worse before it gets better. In our jobs as facility managers and in our lives as human beings, we are reminded of our responsibilities, and to do what we can to take care of those around us. We certainly live in interesting times and we’ll learn much in the coming days, weeks and months. Nothing around us will avoid the touch of the current global situation and trade press and this magazine is no exception. So what you’ll find within these pages is a combination of our usual best practice guidance on how to manage the built environment better, combined with more…

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corona concerns

While we’re sure many of you may have heard enough on the topic, it would be impossible to provide news highlights from recent months without touching on coronavirus. The fast-spreading pandemic is presenting many issues relevant to facility managers, in both their professional roles and personal lives. Cleaning and sanitation, air quality and ventilation, remote work and cybersecurity are all affected here. Another huge impact is the havoc wrought on the industry’s calendar of events. In late February and early March, upcoming events began announcing their postponements and cancellations. The risk of spread, travel bans inhibiting international delegates and a general public sentiment to steer clear of large gatherings were too much to ignore. This culminated on 13 March when Prime Minister Scott Morrison imposed a cancellation on all gatherings…

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7.2 million jobs to be impacted by automation

Technology Impacts on the Australian Workforce’, a report developed by the Australian Computer Society in partnership with Faethm AI, explores automation and its potential impact on jobs and industry in Australia. The report predicts that the next 15 years present significant challenges and opportunities. Some roles are understandably more susceptible to automation than others. The report’s authors predict that by 2034 automation will replace 21 percent of Australia’s workforce, or 2.7 million workers, and will augment the roles of 4.5 million workers. The augmentation side of things should lead to a 15 percent uplift to Australian businesses. Some of the sectors likely to see the biggest shake-up include manufacturing, transport, postal and warehousing, administrative and support services and agriculture, forestry and fishing. The report is unclear how facility managers will…

1 min
plans for world-first solar power plant in western victoria

The Australian Renewable Agency (ARENA) on 19 March announced $3 million in funding to RayGen Resources to conduct a technical and commercial feasibility study for a four-megawatt ‘solar hydro’ plant to be built in north-western Victoria. RayGen is proposing to build a fully dispatchable renewable energy facility that will use its concentrated PV technology known as PV Ultra combined with its Thermal Hydro technology to generate renewable energy and provide large-scale storage. The proposed plant is to be built in Carwarp near Mildura and will boast 17 hours of storage. RayGen, a Melbourne-based renewable energy start-up will work with AGL and GHD on an initial phase, which will include feasibility studies, commercial assessment, a connection agreement, offtake agreements, capital raising and a planning permit for a preferred site. PV Ultra is a…

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brightgreen engineers uv-c lights to fight virus spread

UV-C rays have long been used for disinfection purposes in medical services. In Melbourne, Brightgreen has developed a viable solution for facilities to create safe environments and to keep doors open. Target areas it feels could benefit from the technology include mining sites, childcare centres, aged care homes, grocers, prisons and primary care clinics. As UV-C rays can be harmful to humans, the Brightgreen system sets itself apart by using smart presence detecting monitors, so disinfection will not begin until the room is empty. Brightgreen is ready to begin manufacturing the lights that will have dual light spectrums. This will enable the lights to be switched between standard visual lighting and germicidal rays. The system will be fully automated to run overnight for a full disinfection with shorter daytime options for…

2 min
new fm products

Close Comfort Traditional air-conditioning units rely on century-old technology and the need for sustainable air-conditioning solutions has never been greater. Close Comfort reduces harmful emissions by five times. It reduces running costs by up to 75 percent in Australia and relieves stress on overloaded electricity grids. It also uses four to eight times less energy and one fifth of the refrigerant used by normal room air-conditioners. Featuring patented technology, Close Comfort uses compressor refrigeration, enabling an instant refreshing crisp air flow for localised cooling. It combines the feel of air-conditioning with that of the humble electric fan. Close Comfort portable air-conditioners are distinct from other devices – the single unit is truly portable and lightweight. Without needing installation, water or a window duct to run, you can simply plug it in. closecomfort.com HID…