FM Report 184 - Friday 3rd November 2006
03 November 2006
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Stern Review spurs action on climate change
The comprehensive review of the economics of climate change by Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of the Government Economic Service and former World Bank Chief Economist, published this week concluded that there is still time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change if governments act now and act internationally. Liz Peace, chief executive of the British Property Federation, said "The BPF is at the forefront of carbon reduction strategies in the built environment through our work to evaluate the energy performance of buildings and to identify vital measures to reduce CO2 emissions." However a report published the week before - The Adaptation tipping point - found that British businesses, although concerned about the changing climate, had not recognised the risks it presented to their day to day operations and their future development.
www.hm-treasury.gov.uk, www.bpf.org.uk and www.aclimatise.uk.com
Preferred bidder for MoD comms centre announced
Inteq, a consortium of Interserve and John Laing, has been named preferred bidder on the MoD Corsham PFI project to establish a communications centre for MoD personnel and their business partners. Interserve will provide FM services worth £180m over the 25-year period after construction is completed in 2010.
Energy bill for data rises
The rising cost of energy and unrelenting demand for IT will severely test the operational viability of UK datacentres by 2010 according to the Power and Cooling Survey 2006 launched last week. Annual energy costs for IT demand alone for an average UK datacentre are about €5.3m a year, which by 2010 will have risen to €11m making the UK the most expensive place to host in Europe.
Hospitals helped to cut CO2 and energy costs
Ten NHS Trusts across England, Wales and Scotland are set to cut their annual carbon footprint by 15 per cent or 40,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions by joining phase one of the Carbon Trust's new NHS Carbon Management programme launched this week. Designed specifically for NHS Trusts, the Carbon Trust's NHS Carbon Management programme provides support and guidance to integrate good carbon management into the organisation's infrastructure and day to day operations at all levels.
Interserve wins £40m pilot NHS Procure Scotland project
NHS Fife Board has issued the first pilot project for NHS Procure Scotland, the procurement route based on England's Procure21 model. Interserve was awarded the £40m contact for Victoria Hospital and Queen Margaret Hospital in Fife to deliver services in three phases covering the creation of a new hospital facility, relocation of facilities and utilities and reconfiguration of the existing hospitals once the PPP facility is in place.
Regional builders make a bid for Olympics work
The Construction Bible network has been established to help regional companies and workers to access the Olympic Games contracts. Operating through a dedicated website, it provides a direct link between primary contractors and sub-contractors down the line and allows individual trades people to register to find work in their particular area of expertise.
Asbestos regulations come into force in two weeks
The revised Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 come into force on 13th November. These regulations strengthen overall worker protection by reducing exposure limits, introducing mandatory training for work with asbestos and simplifying the regulatory regime.
Worktech06 - last few places on offer
The last few places at the highly regarded Worktech06 conference are now available at just £399+VAT (normally £499) and the masterclass is just £49. Topping the bill are author Charles Handy. All delegates will receive a free copy of his new book, The New Philanthropists. The masterclass is with Peter Thomson of the Future Work Forum at Henley Management College. The one-day conference is packed with thought-provoking information and ideas on the way forward for the work environment and business support.
Pay deal for building services engineers
The HVCA and Amicus have reached agreement on a third three-year operative pay deal that takes effect next week. The agreement, which will provide long-term certainty to labour costs, allows for increases in hourly rates of 3.5% from November 2006, 3.5% from September 2007 and 4% from October 2008.
Revised CDM regulations agreed by HSE
The HSC has approved the proposed revised Construction (Design and Management) Regulations and Approved Code of Practice. They revise and bring together the existing CDM Regulations 1974 and the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 into a single package which is expected to come into force in April 2007.
BIFM conference 2007 looks ahead five years
Under the theme, Shaping the Future - the Next Five Years, the BIFM conference will be held at Keble College, Oxford from 27-28th March. Topics to be included are innovative sustainability, future of work and workplaces and Olympic service contracts.
Global FM meets in San Diego
At the second board meeting of Global FM in San Diego on 11 October, Fred Child of GlaxoSmithKline was appointed as the BIFM-sponsored Director on the Board with a European responsibility. The organisation will be run by the Kellen Europe based in Brussels with Maria Teresa Scardigli as secretary. Subsequent Global FM meetings and workshops will be held at the BIFM conference (25 March 2007), and the next annual conferences of IFMA and FMA Australia.
No National Skills Council for FM yet
Education and Skills Secretary, Alan Johnson, announced that National Skills Academies have been approved for the nuclear industry, the chemical industry, the hospitality sector and the creative and cultural industries. The first three Academies approved earlier and soon to be operational are in financial services, construction, and manufacturing and one for the food and drink sector is also close to being approved. The bid from Asset Skills for an Academy to cover the FM sector was not accepted.