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Green Clean (Aust) faces court for allegedly underpaying international students - Australasia's Cleaning Industry and Environmental Technology Magazine

Green Clean (Aust) faces court for allegedly underpaying international students - Australasia's Cleaning Industry and Environmental Technology Magazine | Facility management | Scoop.it

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has commenced legal action against Sydney contractor Green Clean (Aust) Pty Ltd and company secretary/sole director Michael Girowal for allegedly underpaying two international students almost $3,000.

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Strata managers who are using this company should be aware that those who offer tenders have a responsibility to ensure that they will not be held accountable. It's the FWO’s view that the tenderer bears the responsibility to ensure their procurement arrangements do not create circumstances where compliance with workplace laws is unachievable. Read more at http://www.havencab.com.au/strata-managers-beware-check-your-contractors-as-the-fwo-is-enforcing-compliance/ ;
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FM skills in demand in 2019

FM skills in demand in 2019 | Facility management | Scoop.it
Hays reveals facilities management skills in demand in 2019.
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This is the definitive wish list for desirable skills for FMs. It is what our FMs show up and do naturally every day!

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Mirvac Strong in the Face of Rising Settlement Risk

Mirvac Strong in the Face of Rising Settlement Risk | Facility management | Scoop.it
Property giant Mirvac has sent a strong message to the market with the release of its half-yearly results.
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According to Mirvac’s chief executive Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz “the company had already secured 83 per cent of earnings from its residential portfolio for the financial year.


Despite the challenging residential market, we believe our high-quality residential product, located close to amenity and transport, will continue to outperform the wider market,” Lloyd-Hurwitz said.


Although residential markets continue to deteriorate, we are still seeing consistent demand for our high-quality, well located product from our predominantly owner-occupier target market, particularly for our masterplanned communities, which will bolster our residential division as the cycle plays out.”

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Latest trends in high-performing facilities - Climate Control News

Latest trends in high-performing facilities - Climate Control News | Facility management | Scoop.it
To be held at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour in Sydney, the two day event will be held on March 20-21, 2019.
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If you want information in leading edge practices, with insights and practical examples from the newest workplaces of Google, Twitter and others then the Total Facilities 2019 event in Sydney may be for you!.


You’ll also learn about trends in smart devices in the workplace, as well as the impact of AI and data monitoring on the workplace for FMs.


 

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Ready to be an FM in 2020? Part 2

Ready to be an FM in 2020? Part 2 | Facility management | Scoop.it
Within the next couple of years, there will be real opportunities to 'get a seat at the table' and demonstrate how the FM function can deliver shareholder value. However, to do this will require a more forward thinking approach, collaboration with both internal peers and external partners, and most importantly, creative and unique ideas on how to tie repair and maintenance (R&M) operations into a buildings’s broader based strategy.
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This is Part 2 of a 7 part series, which is about a number of specific ways that FMs can start thinking about business now to get ahead of the curve because the future’s coming up fast - and it’s not waiting for anyone. The second article in the series is Eco friendly facilities management practices.

 

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Infrastructure Australia gets new CEO

Infrastructure Australia gets new CEO | Facility management | Scoop.it

  • After 13 years as chief executive officer of the Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew is stepping down to head up Infrastructure Australia.

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Congratulations to Ms Madew, who has instigated some major changes in the sustainability of the built environment. As a member of the Green Building Council of Australia I’m proud of what has been achieved and the expansion of the Green Star rating from the commercial office sector now also into airports, hospitals, train stations, and major urban renewal projects. Infrastructure Australia is fortunate to gain such a talented leader. 

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No More Curtains: Smart Tinting Glass Starts Large Scale Production

No More Curtains: Smart Tinting Glass Starts Large Scale Production | Facility management | Scoop.it
Californian-based Kinestral Technologies has commenced mass-manufacturing its patented smart-tinting glass at its newly opened factory in Taiwan.
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China Builds Experimental 33-Story Air Purification Tower That Turns Smog Into Clean Air

China Builds Experimental 33-Story Air Purification Tower That Turns Smog Into Clean Air | Facility management | Scoop.it
To say that the air quality in Chinese cities is bad is an understatement, as you can see below. Statistics and image via Air Quality Index China To tackle this, the municipal government of the city of Xian (population 8.7 million), the capital of Shaanxi province, has constructed what is
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To tackle the issue of air quality this system, using very little electricity, works via a series of greenhouses covering about half the size of a soccer field around the base of the tower. Polluted air is sucked into the glasshouses and heated up by solar energy. The hot air then rises through the tower and passes through multiple layers of cleaning filters. It seems that one of these could clean the air of a small city! The complete report will be released in March. 

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Cleaning contractors hit with $65,000 penalty

Cleaning contractors hit with $65,000 penalty | Facility management | Scoop.it
Three cleaning firms and former sole trader penalised for involvement in underpaying cleaners at Tasmanian Woolworths sites.
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Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker on underpayments identified through an Inquiry into Woolworths said that


“The Federal Circuit Court decision serves as a warning to businesses that they can be held liable for underpayments of their subcontractors’ where they have failed to pay a subcontractor enough to cover those minimum entitlements”.


Businesses throughout a supply chain should ensure that workers are getting paid what they were entitled to. The Court’s penalties should remind all employers that they cannot pay workers a going rate that undercuts the lawful minimum wage rates in force across Australia.”

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Mirvac Tops Technology Park Development with Interactive Indigenous Garden

Mirvac Tops Technology Park Development with Interactive Indigenous Garden | Facility management | Scoop.it
Mirvac has announced plans for a rooftop farm at its $1 billion Australian Technology Park development at Redfern.
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Central Park in Sydney’s Broadway is an example of what was once considered a controversial project, now an award-winning work of public art.


So it is possible to convince the public of the merits of major development and I think that the NSW Government is now  promoting the growth of Sydney in a sustainable manner through strong leadership. If you promote the benefits of changing an environment and deliver critical infrastructure the outcomes will benefit the entire community. 

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Why the Transportation Energy Intensity of buildings matters

Why the Transportation Energy Intensity of buildings matters | Facility management | Scoop.it
Alex Wilson and Paula Melton of BuildingGreen dust off their earlier work.
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An article by Alex Wilson in BuildingGreen totally changes the thinking about green building. Wilson looked at how much energy was used by people getting to work (what he called Transportation Energy Intensity). He compared it to the energy actually used by the building (the Energy Use Intensity) and found that the transportation energy use was greater than what the building used.


The implications are stunning; everybody is justifiably proud of building certified buildings in the suburbs, but when you looked at the overall impact, where the building is located has a bigger impact.The Greater Sydney Commission has created three cities within Sydney in its 40 year plan - aimed at reducing transportation energy intensity. 


 
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Trust in facility management

Trust in facility management | Facility management | Scoop.it
Trust is the cornerstone of a functioning community. Trust is the basis on which people live and work successfully together. National FM fosters trust in facility management.
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Another term for trust is social capital, but – unlike other forms of capital – trust increases with use. The more people work together and interact, and experience success from that interaction, the greater the levels of trust and the more a community can achieve.

See how National FM earns residents’ trust in their facility management team.

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Ready to be an FM in 2020?

Ready to be an FM in 2020? | Facility management | Scoop.it

Within the next couple of years, there will be real opportunities to 'get a seat at the table' and demonstrate how the FM function can deliver shareholder value.”

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Is your facility manager planning now for what’s to come?

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Flying Taxis to be Tested in Singapore Skies

Flying Taxis to be Tested in Singapore Skies | Facility management | Scoop.it
Advancements in urban mobility continues as the latest announcement flying air taxis will be tested in Singapore.
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Volocopter's vision is to integrate air taxis within existing transportation systems, providing mobility for up to 10,000 passengers a day. This may be a partial solution to Sydney’s traffic problems!

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Biggest Overhaul of Building Laws in NSW Following Opal

Biggest Overhaul of Building Laws in NSW Following Opal | Facility management | Scoop.it
Plans to overhaul the New South Wales building and construction industry are underway as the state government says it will ‘shake up’ the sector.
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The Shergold Weir Report revealed the number of high rise residential buildings increased in Australia with 30,000 apartments in high rise buildings in 2007, this number increasing to 90,000 in 2015.


“No doubt the release of the final report into the Opal Tower will also influence the final design of these reforms and will provide an important insight into where the problems occurred in the construction process in that instance,” Property Council NSW Executive Director Jane Fitzgerald said.


There has been a culture of non-compliance throughout the building sector that has meant combustible cladding has become a widespread material used on multi-storey buildings. This culture has to change!

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Year of the Pig: Fortune and Personality – Chinese Zodiac 2019

Year of the Pig: Fortune and Personality – Chinese Zodiac 2019 | Facility management | Scoop.it
The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. Learn why Pigs have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life.
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Happy New Year: 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè).  Today marks the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year 2019, the Year of the Pig.
Best Wishes for the Chinese Lunar New Year 2019. Welcoming the arrival of the Year of the Earth Pig - hope you enjoy lots of  family get-togethers, temple visits, street festivals, and displays of fireworks. 

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Ready to be an FM in 2020? Part 1

Ready to be an FM in 2020? Part 1 | Facility management | Scoop.it
Within the next couple of years, there will be real opportunities to 'get a seat at the table' and demonstrate how the FM function can deliver shareholder value. However, to do this will require a more forward thinking approach, collaboration with both internal peers and external partners, and most importantly, creative and unique ideas on how to tie repair and maintenance (R&M) operations into a buildings’s broader based strategy.
Frank Boross's insight:

This is Part 1 of a 7 part series, which is about a number of specific ways that FMs can start thinking about business now to get ahead of the curve because the future’s coming up fast - and it’s not waiting for anyone. The first article in the series is LoT vs IoT .

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Spotless cops $180k fine for school cleaning

Spotless cops $180k fine for school cleaning | Facility management | Scoop.it
Spotless fined $180,000 by Victorian government for failing to meet cleaning standards in state schools.
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It’s a shame that honest and hard working cleaners are being mistreated and underpaid. And the fine was only $180K?
We need more serious penalties for this type of exploitation don’t you think?

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No More Curtains: Smart Tinting Glass Starts Large Scale Production

No More Curtains: Smart Tinting Glass Starts Large Scale Production | Facility management | Scoop.it
Californian-based Kinestral Technologies has commenced mass-manufacturing its patented smart-tinting glass at its newly opened factory in Taiwan.
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Kinestral “aims to eliminate the need for shades, blinds, and second skins, claiming to be able to lower a buildings energy consumption by up to 20 per cent by reducing loads on air-conditioning systems and the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours.”

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Google Just Got U.S. Approval for Radar Tech That Could Kill Touchscreens

Google Just Got U.S. Approval for Radar Tech That Could Kill Touchscreens | Facility management | Scoop.it
Google is one step closer to replacing the touchscreens on its hardware with a motion-sensing system. The company's Soli Project venture wants to embed a tiny radar array into a quarter-sized chip that could go into smartphones, TVs, wearables, computers, vehicles, and even aircraft.
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No more worries about smashed touch screens! Google is one step closer to replacing touchscreens on its hardware with a motion-sensing system. The company’s Soli Project venture wants to embed a tiny radar array into a quarter-sized chip that could go into smartphones, TVs, wearables, computers, vehicles, and even aircraft. If the tests go well, it could open the door to a whole new level of interactivity.

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Robot valet parking

Robot valet parking | Facility management | Scoop.it

Meet Stan, the first outdoor valet robot in the world!

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This valet robot technology means that you can just leave your vehicle at the parking entrance. No more manoeuvring into tight spaces. You save time and avoid unnecessary stress, all while keeping your keys in your pocket! This is a space and time saver that will revolutionise parking, especially for multi-story developments. See this concept in action https://stanley-robotics.com/solutions/how-it-works/ (scroll down for video).

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Justin Hemmes Plans Billion-Dollar Sydney CBD Precinct

Justin Hemmes Plans Billion-Dollar Sydney CBD Precinct | Facility management | Scoop.it
Trend-setting publican and Merivale chief executive Justin Hemmes has been identified as the buyer of a significant development site in Sydney’s Georg
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Earlier this year, Merivale confirmed that Sydney hot spot The Ivy would be closing down to be replaced by a “hotel, hospitality and lifestyle complex”. 


“The acquisition of the site endows Hemmes’ with an amalgamated 3,500sq m in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, extending the George Street frontage of his Ivy bar site by 23 metres and providing ample opportunity for a billion-dollar precinct-style development.”  With such a large holding in Sydney’s CBD it will be very interesting to see what replaces The Ivy!

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Sydney Metro $1.37bn Chatswood to Bankstown Contract Awarded

Sydney Metro $1.37bn Chatswood to Bankstown Contract Awarded | Facility management | Scoop.it
The NSW Government has selected CPB Contractors and UGL to deliver the line-wide works package for the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project.
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Works are due to commence this year between Chatswood and Bankstown.


That will make a total of 66km of railway across the Sydney Metro City & Southwest - scheduled to be delivered by 2024. This is the infrastructure and transport Sydney needs. 

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Cleaner wage theft inquiry calls for reforms

Cleaner wage theft inquiry calls for reforms | Facility management | Scoop.it
Parliamentary inquiry into cleaner wage theft recommends overhaul of Commonwealth tendering practices.
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This is a great article. Thank you to INCLEAN and the author, Ms Hunter, for  bringing this issue to light. The recent Senate report titled “Wage theft, what wage theft?” called for major reforms to address ‘pyramid sub-contracting’. 


The suggestion is that workers should be employed directly and that pyramid subcontracting, which leaves workers exposed and with limited capacity for claiming wage and employment entitlements, must be avoided. This is the very thing that Havencab has been campaigning strongly for over the last 10 years!


Finally people are being made aware of just how deep this issue goes. 

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Australian Robot Builds First House in Three Days

Australian Robot Builds First House in Three Days | Facility management | Scoop.it
Australia’s robot bricklayer has built its first house in less than three days, a milestone described by FBR as a "world first".
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Fastbrick Robotics is a company we featured last year. They are now known as FBR. Importantly they have just successfully constructed a 180sq m, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house using the world’s only fully automated, end-to-end bricklaying solution. This company has a massive future ahead!

 

You can see it happening here.

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Termite drones: Harvard unveils swarm construction robots - This is REAL Genius

Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have unveiled a swarm of simple robots which can build large, complex structure
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Biologically inspired engineering - robotic swarm construction


Developed by researchers at Harvard, robotic swarm construction was designed based on how termites work. Termites work together like a ‘swarm’ and construction robotics are programmed to work together in this manner. Four-wheeled robots are programmed in each instance to build a certain design and come with sensors to detect the presence of other robots, so that they can work together.


It’s no secret that technology is revolutionising literally every aspect of our lives. The construction industry, which is continually being updated and upgraded with the latest technology, has some exciting new construction technology trends that are paving the way for future construction ... and the inspirational use of a termite army as a robotic swarm is just the start!

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