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Facility Management

Facility Management June - July 2017

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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2 min
editor's comment

Any profession has its stereotypes – and there wouldn’t be any truth to such characterisations if some people didn’t ‘walk the walk’ as it were. But pigeonholing people is entirely different; breaking away from the perceptions of facility management as a ‘cost centre’ remains a significant challenge for the industry. In this issue of FM, we look at the latest tranche of the ‘Raising the Bar’ research. It should be a siren call to executives right across the built environment to gain a fuller appreciation of the value an experienced facility manager can bring to a business. But the reality is that there’s still too much of a ceiling on facility manager careers within the wider corporate structure. Ultimately, FMs need to become more assertive in demonstrating their expertise in achieving great workplace…

6 min
news roundup

Melbourne leads the way on CBD office markets nationally Melbourne’s CBD recorded the strongest quarterly net absorption result in the first quarter of 2017, according to research by JLL. Nationally, there was positive net absorption of 58,300 square metres over the quarter across CBD office markets and 327,600 square metres over the past 12 months, while the national CBD office market vacancy rate was 11.4 percent – one percentage point down from the same quarter in 2016. JLL’s head of Research – Australia, Andrew Ballantyne describes the office sector as a barometer of business confidence levels across corporate Australia. “Multiple reasons exist for optimism on the office leasing markets – economic growth is positive, a number of companies surpassed profit expectations in the half-yearly reporting season and job advertisement surveys have trended…

3 min
new fm products

Simplex fire alarm control panel Fire protection and security company Tyco has launched the Simplex 4100ESi fire alarm control panel. With scalable architecture and flexible system design, this product is aimed at medium to large facilities, with tunnels, hospitals, universities, prisons, airports and shopping centres as potential major markets. The panel is approved under three Australian Standards to deliver increased connectivity and higher levels of serviceability over its life cycle. A feature is the colour touchscreen that allows users to operate the fire indicator panel and control and monitor all zones, view and control individual addressable points, isolate issues and run reports. The programming time required has also been reduced. Other key features include: • control of up to 2000 addressable devices and up to 512 zones • forward/backward compatibility, and • an on-board help…

11 min
a seat at the table

On the face of it, it’s a simple enough question. How can facility managers leverage their operational excellence into making a strategic impact within their organisations? But recognition of the value of FMs from within their companies or from the wider industry still isn’t at a level that can see their career paths and prospects take that next step – potentially all the way to the C-suite. Recently a third tranche of the ‘Raising the Bar’ research, a collaboration between the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, IFMA (International Facility Management Association) and Occupiers’ Journal, identified a number of challenges facing FMs and the profession. Melbourne-based FM consultant Martin Leitch, a contributor to all three of the reports to date, says the hope is that through building recognition among business leaders for the…

5 min
everybody needs good nabers

If you own or manage a building that is looking to lease or sell 1000 square metres of space following 1 July, you need to be aware of the upcoming changes to the Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program. From that date, the mandatory threshold that commercial office spaces will need to hold a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) reduces from 2000 to 1000 square metres. The CBD changes are expected to have the most noticeable impact on mid- and lower-tier commercial office buildings, which have typically overlooked energy efficiency initiatives and may not be ready for what is involved with getting a BEEC. A BEEC is a summary document containing three components: • a base building or whole building energy efficiency star rating for the office building using the National Australian Building Environment…

6 min
breaking through

Growing up in Cairns, Rebecca Pelling discovered a love of the built environment very early. “My father was an electrician,” she recalls. “My brother and sister and I would go out on construction sites with him when we could and helped him with cables and light fittings and assembling fans. Dad’s friends were architects and developers and it really inspired a love of the building process.” As she progressed through school, Pelling, now the head of Project Services at Colliers International in Sydney, felt she had a lot to offer but wanted to break free from narrow career confines. “When it came time for me to think about what I wanted to do I knew I didn’t want to be an assistant to anyone. My exposure to Dad’s world and his friends…