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UK Higher Education is in very rude health, how can estates and facilities teams help keep it there? Part 2: Our thoughts and recommendations

Our previous blog highlighted that no matter how you look at it, all measures suggest UK Higher Education is in very good health. But there are risks, and we identified the storm clouds on the horizon to which HEIs will need to respond if they are to maintain this success. Overall, HE estates and facilities …Read more

SECR – What is it, and how can you prepare?

Another ‘catchy’ acronym but what does it mean? The financial year ending 31st March 2019 saw the final year of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC), which has been replaced by Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR). SECR is a Government scheme which aims to further incentivise energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. Annual energy …Read more

UK Higher Education is in very rude health, how can estates and facilities teams help keep it there? Part 1

With four of the worlds top ten universities, the UK is batting way, way above its size as a nation. No matter how you look at it, all measures suggest that UK Higher Education is in very good health. HE Performance 2017-18 – 2.34 million students studied at UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), with 0.14 million …Read more

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

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