FM News Cardiff University BRE

Academics partner with BRE to forecast Wales’s future carbon emissions Scientists from Cardiff University are developing a tool to forecast Wales’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years.   Together with world-leading multi-disciplinary building science centre, BRE, the academics are developing the tool on behalf of Welsh Government, who will use it to inform the setting of appropriate targets and carbon budgets for the entire country and quantify policies

Gateshead Powerhouse Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has completed construction of one of the North East region’s first energy centres in Gateshead, which will generate and supply heat and power for homes, businesses and public buildings across Gateshead Town Centre.   The innovative scheme, called the Gateshead District Energy Centre, will provide locals with cheaper power and heat whilst also reducing demand on the national grid. Balfour Beatty constructed this complex

ElecLink - Eurotunnel Interconnector

A major new project to install a one Gigawatt (1000 MW) Direct Current interconnector linking the electricity markets of Britain and France via the Channel Tunnel has just put down its foundations. The foundation stone of the Folkestone Converter Station was laid this morning by Jesse Norman, Minister for Industry and Energy.   ElecLink, for which the investment in the construction is estimated at approximately €580 million, is based on

Nviron & Chichester College

Nviro teamed up with Chichester College earlier this month to support its ‘Respect the Environment’ week – a campaign to help improve litter at the college and raise awareness of landfill issues.   As a prestigious institution and ‘Outstanding College’ rated by Ofsted, Chichester College is justly proud of its reputation and beautiful campus located in the heart of Chichester. Following feedback from staff and student forums who were frustrated

BRE Energy

BRE Global has signed a mutual recognition agreement with the German based Institute of the Built Environment (IBU), an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) scheme operator with customers across Europe. The agreement was announced at architects trade fair BAU2017 in Munich. It means that companies who have BRE verified EPD and are listed on can also be registered on IBU’s approved listing and vice versa*. This collaborative move will advance

BIFM waste and environmental guide

For FMs looking to reduce their organisation’s impact on the environment A newly revised Good Practice Guide exploring the key drivers and principles behind recycling and waste management best practice has been published by BIFM.   The Good Practice Guide to Recycling and Waste Management, sponsored by Waste Cost Reduction Services (WCRS), offers practical tips and considerations for FM professionals looking to improve their recycling and waste management strategy.  


The European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) has licenced BRE Global as a certification body for the KEYMARK, a voluntary, independent, European certification mark for all heat pumps, combination heat pumps and hot water heaters. KEYMARK certification is based on independent testing and compliance with the requirements of the scheme’s rules. Manufacturers who submit their products must also comply with the EU’s Ecodesign regulation* for reducing environmental impacts through design. BRE

BRE Energy

Did you know that more than half of senior business managers have no idea how their companies buy energy?   Ouch. And nearly 50% also confess to a “limited understanding” of how much energy costs their business, according to a recent YouGov survey of more than 750 senior executives across the UK. In light of these troubling results (pun 100% intended), let’s take a deeper look into how facility managers can tackle these rising

Waste Management - Greenbank

Greenbank Waste Solutions is a leading waste handling company. With services ranging from bespoke waste management solutions to labour saving machinery, they are experts at making waste cost less for customers.   We work with a broad range of industries, but a question that comes up often is: How do you make waste management easier for shopping centres? Shopping centres, business parks and similar all seem to experience the same

Airflow ventilation

Leading ventilation manufacturer Airflow Developments has added Variable Air Volume (VAV) dampers to its Duplexvent range of commercial Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) units. The VAV systems constantly monitor the air volume supplied and share this information with the ventilation unit. As such, the systems ensure optimum air quality and comfort by allowing the ventilation to respond effectively to the demands of each area of the building.   Commercial