Intelligent buildings - be smart about opportunties

14th of October 2016
Intelligent buildings - be smart about opportunties

What is an intelligent/smart building and why is their rise so important to the building services business? An intelligent building combines technologies and interconnected systems to support the use of the accommodation by the building’s users, enables efficient operation and reconfiguration of the space. The implications for cleaning

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Ambulance cleaning - room for improvement

10th of October 2016
Ambulance cleaning - room for improvement

Paul Harleman, business development manager Benefrance at Vileda Professional writes exclusively for ECJ about the cleaning and disinfection issues ambulance services are facing. He looks at how they organise the cleaning process today and makes suggestions as to how they can improve. 

Some time ago ECJ published news about a leading Dutch

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Horses for courses...

5th of October 2016
Horses for courses...

ECJ editor Michelle Marshall visits building services provider Facilicom, which has its headquarters in the Netherlands. The company has identified the advantages of incorporating horses into its management training, with great success.

As the building services market develops across Europe and clients have changing expectations, so the providers

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Biofilms - should we worry?

5th of August 2016
Biofilms - should we worry?

Biofilms are everywhere. They are highly resilient; hard to remove and implicated in a staggering 80 per cent of infections. But what exactly are they? Are cleaners aware of the dangers they pose? And should we be scared?

It is the news that none of us wanted to hear: bacteria are becoming organised. We like to think of them as unsophisticated

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Windows - cleaning the glass ceiling

4th of August 2016
Windows - cleaning the glass ceiling

Some windows are harder to clean than others – particularly these days when challenges such as solar panels and angled glass are becoming more common. Ann Laffeaty asks window cleaning companies their opinions on today’s more difficult window-cleaning tasks, and finds out how they cope with them.

What makes a window particularly

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The rise of the robots?

2nd of August 2016
The rise of the robots?

Robots are gradually beginning to infiltrate the cleaning industry. But is it ready for them? And will they ever replace people? Robot manufacturers and contract cleaning companies speak frankly to Ann Laffeaty.

Robots used to be the stuff of science fiction. So much so that the idea of using them in our daily lives once seemed absurd. Yet here

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