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Designing for wellbeing and performance

Close your eyes and think of the last place that made you feel calm, relaxed and totally at ease with the world. When I do this, like most people, I think of a natural environment, typically a forest or a water landscape. It is surprising, then, that when we spend less than 10% of our …Read more

Government Emissions Targets – Realistic?

In the same week, both the Conservative government and the Labour shadow Cabinet have announced plans for net-zero carbon emissions targets – though with considerably different deadlines. In May, we predicted an update to the target when we answered our featured “Ask Our Experts” question. Whilst Theresa May announced a proposal for a 2050 target (amending …Read more

Ask Our Experts – May’s Top Question

Q: Should I be planning for my buildings and estate to be net zero carbon, and if so, over what timescale? Name withheld by request.            A: This is a very interesting question. Zero carbon isn’t quite upon us, but the UK socio-economic climate is showing more interest, and the political, …Read more

ESOS – What the government isn’t telling you

ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme) is now in its second phase, with qualifying companies being required to register their ESOS status and certification with the government by 5th December 2019. Typically, gov.uk is the go-to location for information about government-related schemes, policies and legislation. It’s very good for the facts, but if you were looking …Read more

To relocate, or not, that is the question.

  Many businesses find themselves in a position of having to relocate. There are a range of reasons for this, including, outgrowing an existing building, the need to be in a different location, having to present a different customer-facing or brand experience or simply having a building that no longer functions as needed. Moving can …Read more

Guest Blog: What makes employees happy?

This is a simple question, but complex to answer. An overview of current research reports tells us quite strongly that the workplace experience must support : A sense of wellbeing Employee satisfaction Individuals to feel they are making a contribution to the organisation It’s clear that facilities managers, building owners / operators, and employers must …Read more

Why is Asset Management such a simple concept, but so difficult to deliver?

After six years I am stepping down as chair of Constructing Excellence’s Asset Management Theme Group. My day to day work commitments at LCMB are making it increasingly difficult to carve out the time and resource to manage and deliver a quality programme for CE’s members. What is Asset Management? Asset Management defines and drives …Read more

Six Months In: The Start of My Journey With LCMB

It’s rare, I think, to make a drastic career change and find that your new job is the perfect fit. Before August 2018, my career seemed straight forward: obtain a bachelor’s degree in theatre studies > get a job in a Theatre as a House Manager > very predictable next steps.  However, it turned out …Read more

Why do we do what we do?

  … because people are more important than buildings. We spend more than 90% of our lives indoors, but since we’re so used to it, we can miss or forget the impact good, and bad buildings, can have on our quality of life. We’ve all felt that certain lift when we go into a well-designed …Read more

2019, a year to define the UK’s future?

Reflecting on 2018, we saw some major shifts in markets, behaviour, technology and politics which are likely to have a continued impact into 2019 and beyond. 2018 started with a bit of a bang with the collapse of Carillion. A business with sales of £5.2bn, 42,000 employees and a market capitalisation of almost £1bn the …Read more

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