Why is Asset Management such a simple concept, but so difficult to deliver?

After six and a bit 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 … Continue reading “Why is Asset Management such a simple concept, but so difficult to deliver?”

Improving Productivity in the Workplace

We all instinctively know that poor indoor environmental conditions lead to dissatisfied, unproductive and unwell building occupants. Over the past three years, CE has been working as a member of the Whole Life Performance Plus (WLP+) consortium to gain an empirical, evidence-based understanding of how to optimise working conditions and improve building user experience, performance … Continue reading “Improving Productivity in the Workplace”

Constructing Excellence supported research shows high CO2 concentrations in offices are decreasing people’s cognitive capability.

Office temperature and humidity levels are also key factors that undermine people’s productivity and wellbeing. We all instinctively know that poor office conditions lead to dissatisfied, unproductive and unwell building occupants. However, until now the relationship between indoor environmental conditions and productivity has been largely studied in the laboratory. The research: Whole Life Performance Plus … Continue reading “Constructing Excellence supported research shows high CO2 concentrations in offices are decreasing people’s cognitive capability.”

New Report – Improving Productivity in the Workplace: Lessons learnt and insights from the Whole Life Performance Plus project

Constructing Excellence has been researching the impact of the built environment on organisational performance and value since its earliest days. Its aim is to ensure that the real estate delivered by the construction industry benefits society, organisations and the individual. Its publications include Be Valuable: A Guide To Creating Value in the Built Environment (2005) … Continue reading “New Report – Improving Productivity in the Workplace: Lessons learnt and insights from the Whole Life Performance Plus project”

Integrated data systems meeting

On Monday 26th February, Constructing Excellence asset management group held their latest theme group meeting on Integrated data systems. Building on the last meeting’s topic of ‘Big data’, the session focus was on how data is now being used in the industry to improve construction and operation of buildings. The event was hosted by Westfield and the … Continue reading “Integrated data systems meeting”

Constructing Excellence delighted to support biophilic design research project connecting buildings with nature

A live office refurbishment will provide environmental and human data as evidence for positive health and wellbeing impacts on office occupants Constructing Excellence is a dissemination partner on The Biophilic Office project – a ground-breaking office refurbishment project that will provide quantified evidence on the benefits of biophilic design on health, well-being and productivity of … Continue reading “Constructing Excellence delighted to support biophilic design research project connecting buildings with nature”

How to improve business productivity and return on investment?

Businesses are striving harder than ever to hold on to a sustainable competitive advantage, and attract customers and staff – often while reducing cost. For most UK businesses buildings are the second biggest expense after staff and present a huge cost saving potential, as confirmed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Any savings from … Continue reading “How to improve business productivity and return on investment?”

Improving higher education performance through estates management

UK universities are facing more competition than ever before in the battle to attract students, staff and, crucially, funding. These pressures are forcing their estates to work much harder and budgets to stretch much further. The UK’s HE sector is seeing five main drivers of change that will become more pronounced over time: Competition: universities … Continue reading “Improving higher education performance through estates management”

Process empowers performance – Asset Management Theme Group workshop report

I remember the first time I saw the power that process, properly applied, can bring to improving performance. It was over twenty years ago, and I was part of a team that had to design and construct a £120m, 38,000m2, 700 bed acute hospital in 1/3rd less time that the previous benchmark. To help do … Continue reading “Process empowers performance – Asset Management Theme Group workshop report”