nergy efficiency is the most important credential when choosing a heat emitter, according to a recent poll of facilities managers. Almost all (97%) of respondents said efficiency is important, whilst a quarter said it was the most important factor, alongside low running costs. The third most-valued feature is how safe it is, with 16% of respondents saying it is the main thing they look for when choosing a new product.


The survey by OnePoll, in association with Jaga, quizzed 250 facilities decision makers working across sectors such as retirement living, education, leisure and commercial space about their approach to energy efficiency. Respondents were asked about

their energy expenditure, technology usage and awareness of legislation and funding, as well as the barriers they face when trying to improve the EPC rating of the premises they manage.

Almost a third (32%) of respondents reported that space heating was the largest component of their energy bill, with an average monthly cost of just under £1,500.

Of those polled, the most common EPC rating was C. However, even more people (27%) said they weren’t sure what the rating of their building is: a concerning statistic considering recent legislation surrounding Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for privately rented buildings.

Performance and innovation marks Year One of rail FM contract

Adversing: 01622 699116 Editorial: 01354 461430 Energy efficiency is top of the list for facilities managers

Current energy efficiency measures they have in place include low energy lightbulbs (58%) roof (51%) or cavity wall (43%) insultation, draught proofing (38%) and heating zone controls (36%). A fifth of people also have low water content radiators. For 45% of those who were surveyed, investment costs are the main barrier to achieving further energy efficiency. This was followed by lack of perceived ability to implement the changes (29%) and low capital availability (24%).

Whilst there is financial assistance available, awareness and uptake of these schemes varies. For example, almost two in ten (19%) of the facilities decision makers polled say that they are receiving the Non-domestic

Renewable Heat Incentive, whilst over three in ten (31%) were not aware of this government initiative. Similarly, 19% of those polled are in receipt of the Feed-in Tariff, in contrast to the three in ten (30%) who were not aware of this at all. The Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme is the least- known of the three schemes mentioned, with a whopping 36% saying they had never even heard of it.

Andy Williams, technical consultant at Jaga comments: “These findings shine a light on the issues facing facilities managers today. Armed with this knowledge, consultants can specify the right products to meet their needs and solve some of their pain points, resulting in happy customers.”

Franz Huelle takes up two industry posts R

EHAU’s Head of Technical for Building Solutions, Franz Huelle, has been appointed to committee roles in both the British Plastics Federation (BPF) Pipes Group and the British Standards Institute (BSI).

German-born Huelle has been with REHAU in Ross- on-Wye for more than 20 years, working in a variety of technical roles covering heating and plumbing and building products.

completed more than 30,000 repairs and introduced multiple innovations to improve efficiency, safety, and cost control in the first year of a major new maintenance contract for London Underground. The five-year 1 FM


contract, which went live in June 2017, covers all building maintenance work along underground lines, and at depots, train crew accommodation, engineering works, and power sites.

Transport for London (TfL) awarded the contract to Lanes Rail, part of Lanes Group plc, under a new streamlined approach to facilities management designed to deliver financial savings, while supporting the Mayor of London's plans for improving transport. Lanes Rail Commercial Director Matthew Todd said: "Mobilising an FM contract that redefines how rail

anes Rail has

uLanes Rail is redefining how rail maintenance is delivered.

maintenance is delivered while meeting such ambitious performance targets has been a challenge.

"Under 1 FM, 50 contracts have been consolidated into just six. By the beginning of June, we had completed 31,192 repairs. Of those, 25 per cent were classified urgent, requiring attendance within four hours.

"Lanes Rail has consistently performed above the 95% timely completion key performance score. We also completed the 15,363 planned maintenance activities per year on schedule.”

Services delivered under 1 FM include maintenance of roofing, internal wall and floor surfaces, doors, locks, gates and barriers, sanitary ware, drainage, safety markings, and pest and vegetation control.


BBA chair honoured by Cardiff University

alerie Owens, Chairperson of the British Board of Agrément’s non-executive board, has been honoured by Cardiff University for ‘Services

to Architecture’.

Owens was elected to an Honorary Fellowship by the Council of Cardiff University during a recent graduation ceremony at the university. The honour recognises her long and distinguished career, during which she has held numerous non-executive and ministerial positions, involving her in some of the largest and most complex development projects procured by the public sector in recent years.

In July, it was announced that he would be taking up the position of Chair for the BPF Pipe Group’s Building Services application group

(AG2 WG1), looking at hot and cold applications for plastic pipes and systems. The British Plastics

Federation Pipes Group is the leading trade federation of the UK plastics pipes industry. Just weeks before, Huelle was appointed to Chair of the British Standards Institute (BSI) Committee on plastic pressure pipes (PRI/88/2). The committee provides input to CEN, ISO and other relevant standards on plastics piping systems and components for pressure applications, including water and gas distribution and industrial applications.


Mayflex appoints UK Sales Director Mayflex, the cabling

infrastructure, networking and electronic security solutions distributor has promoted Ross McLetchie to the position of UK Sales Director. McLetchie was previously Regional Director for the company’s Middle East Africa and APAC and will relocate to the UK to take up the new role from October 1st, retaining strategic leadership and development responsibilities for the APAC region.

uFranz Huelle.

Venlaon professional development

BDG transforms MoneySupermarket Group’s new home in London


DG architecture + design was appointed by

MoneySupermarket Group to create a transformative scheme at its new 34,000sq ft London office. The space, now home to 250 employees, is a smart, people-centric space with a focus on employee interaction. The lack of social areas in its previous office was identified as an issue for MoneySupermarket Group, which requested a more flexible workspace to promote productive social interaction between co-workers. A major design feature of the new workplace were new stairs with designated ‘stopping points’ between the three floors, to encourage healthy movement around the building and provide the employees opportunities to communicate with colleagues in chance meetings. BDG’s Chief Creative Officer, Colin Macgadie said: “It was all about making


Gilberts Blackpool, the UK provider of air movement solutions, is offering the ‘lunch and learn’ continuous professional development presentations on topics including: Selection Basics (strategies, velocities,

inlet/outlet positioning, heating and cooling options); Component Overview (including grilles, diffusers, louvres), fixing methods and aesthetic options) and Product Selection,

encompassing room layouts, throws, noise levels, pressure drops. Sessions can be booked on 01253 766911 or email

the space in the middle work really hard; we incorporated big sliding doors that can shut the space off and create a town hall environment while people can carry on working beyond. The predominant setting is that the doors are left open because the design concept is all about transparency and visual connections.”

Diverse communal areas give MoneySupermarket Group staffers places to work. The spaces range from casual and informal breakout spaces to serious meeting and open working areas.

uThe design focus for architects at MoneySupermarket’s new London HQ was employee interacon.

Polygon shortlisted for Investors in People Awards

Polygon UK and Ireland has been identified as a global leader in people

The Project Team

included Como as the fit- out contractor; FUTURE Designs for feature lighting; Spacecraft for furniture supply; Artigo (supplied by Chroma) for the rubber flooring; Havwoods for timber flooring; and Acrylicize for graphics and branding.

management practice, having been shortlisted in the Platinum Employer of the Year 250+ category, in The Investors in People Awards 2018. The Awards celebrate the best people management practices amongst Investors in People accredited

businesses. This year, winners will be celebrated at an awards ceremony and dinner at the Roundhouse, London on 28th November 2018.


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