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What can elite sport teach us about building performance?

I was recently invited to speak at the Association of University Engineers Conference on how you improve the performance of buildings. I started to think about the way many universities and other organisations approach improving the performance of their buildings, and what performance means in the building context. In a previous career, I worked with …Read more

What’s the true cost of your workplace? It’s more than you think.

Last week, this survey published by UK Construction Week caught my eye. The headline statistic is that 72% say building performance is the most important feature in a commercial building or workplace. This immediately throws up two questions:  1. Will building performance make a financial difference to my business? (clue – the short answer is …Read more

How to improve your business productivity and return on investment?

How to improve your business productivity and return on investment?

Businesses are striving harder than ever to hold on to a sustainable competitive advantage, and attract customers and staff – often while reducing cost. For most UK businesses, buildings are the second biggest expense after staff and present a huge cost saving potential, as confirmed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Any savings from …Read more

Happy World FM Day

I’m told that, allegedly, as much as 1 in 10 people in work in the UK, do something related to FM. This is a staggering statistic and if you think about all the cleaners, security officers and maintenance engineers out there, it does not seem all that outrageous. Yet, I am often asked ‘what does …Read more

Where’s that big opportunity for big data use?

  Last Wednesday, Constructing Excellences asset management group, which I chair, met with UCL Centre for Data Science at UCL to discuss how to use big data to improve the performance of built assets, a very big issue to tackle in an afternoon! I suspect like most people, I’ve regularly used the term big data without …Read more

The iPhone8 of Sustainability: Behaviour Change

Behaviour change strategy and best practice seems to me to be one of those areas going through a buzz at the moment, very like the much talked about iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 will mark the 10th anniversary of Apple smartphones, and is due to be released later this year. It is rumoured to have …Read more

Are we inspiring success?

Are we inspiring success?

I have recently been appointed as a community governor for a local free school, something I have wanted to do for a while and was motivated after hearing Katy Langham speak about Inspiring the Future at the recent WiFM conference. So, what is the role of a governing body? Well its key functions are to: …Read more

Fail to prepare, prepare to… (you know the rest!)

  Recently I had to redecorate my kitchen and I took the time to prepare. Cleaning up, filling holes, fixing cracks and doing all those little things which makes for a quality finish. I had to laugh at myself though; you see, a younger (probably less wise) me would have just bought a brush & some …Read more

Process empowers performance

I remember the first time I saw the power that process, properly applied can bring to improving performance. It was over twenty years ago, and I was part of a team that had to design and construct a £120m, 38,000m2, 700 bed acute hospital in 1/3rd less time that the previous benchmark. To help do …Read more

Trump Tower; the world’s most productive office?

Over the past year, LCMB have spent time investigating the impact of indoor environment factors (temperature, light, pollutants etc.) on workplace productivity, as part of our WLP+ research project. The conclusion is a clear relationship exists, but there is a lack of understanding around what the ideal environmental conditions look like. To understand the impact …Read more

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