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The Facilities Society

Information overload

Getting on top of information

Does your organisation find that it has plenty of data on some buildings and too little on others? Are you sure that you know what information you should have to operate your facilities safely, correctly, efficiently and effectively? If you are in any doubt then you need to take a close look at BS 8587:2012 Guide to Facility Information Management. This standard addresses a fundamental concern: how do we get on top of information and not let it get on top of us?

The maintenance process

Maintaining standards in facilities

Facilities management owes much of its existence to building maintenance management, which continues to form a significant part of the workload of the FM sector. The publication of BS 8210:2012 Guide to facilities maintenance management provides guidance on how to achieve successful maintenance outcomes for a range of facilities. This new standard completely replaces the original 1986 standard on building maintenance management, which has now been withdrawn.

Standard way, best way

Standard practice is best practice

One of the great misunderstandings is the role of standards – in the sense of British (BS) and international (ISO) standards – and that they are all about products. True, many standards are; but most of those published in recent years and under preparation in the area of the built environment are process-related.

BS 8572:2011

Procurement as standard

The publication of a new standard covering the procurement of facility-related services brings clarity and consistency to an area that has for long been neglected. Too often, decisions on the provision of services – security, waste management, cleaning, maintenance, even IT and catering – have been based on an incomplete understanding of the processes involved. That is set to change.


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Mis-appliance of science

WEEE Man sculpture

WEEE Man is a 3.3-tonne structure at the Eden project that represents the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) the average UK household throws away in a lifetime. For more information visit the Eden Project.

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The Society in Brief

The Facilities Society is dedicated to interdisciplinary and cross-sector academic enterprise to support the needs of the UK research community, government, businesses and the public interest. In its role as a learned society, it complements established institutes and the universities. The Society was founded in 2008 as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

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