New version of EcoShopping website is available!


New version of EcoShopping website is available!….. The EcoShopping website which is the “vehicle” to explain to the widest audience the project’s aims and objectives and to disseminate information about project activities and results. The website is also the repository of any publicity may have been created, journal articles and publications, and the information channel for any planned meeting and conference, possibly also linked to social media such as LinkedIn and Twitter.

EcoShopping website is available at: http://ecoshopping-project.eu/

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Eight ways the construction industry can rebuild itself for the 21st century


In a recent construction-industry survey conducted for the World Economic Forum, with more than 100 respondents, 77% of respondents agreed that the industry is not doing enough to attract and retain talent, and not one of the respondents fully agreed that the industry is investing enough in recruitment.

More at: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/05/construction-industry-recruit-talent/

Handbook for the introduction of BIM by the European Public Sector


This handbook responds to the growing challenges faced by governments and public clients to stimulate economic growth and competitiveness while delivering value for public money through the wider introduction of Building Information Modelling (BIM).

See more at: http://www.buildup.eu/en/practices/publications/handbook-introduction-bim-european-public-sector-0 

Energy efficiency becomes more important in the office real estate market


A study (in German) from the German Energy Agency-Dena, based on a survey among decision makers of 20 important office building investors and 20 major renters of office areas in Germany has resulted in sustainability and energy efficiency becoming more and more important; yet the main decision criteria are still economic. The investors aim at high building values and low operation costs and high renting demand. These are the main reasons for the energy renovation of their buildings. The users on the other hand see environment and sustainability aspects as part of the culture of their organisation and therefore as benefit to their image.

More at: https://www.zukunft-haus.info/presse/einzelansicht.html?tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=805&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=2815ae3e79f39672139858f47a818fd9

Four Steps to ISO Certification


Four Steps to ISO Certification

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Is obtaining ISO certification a goal for your company this year? It’s not as daunting as it may seem – in fact, certification is really just a 4 step process. This infographic is an easy-to-understand road map of the process and the steps it takes to meet each milestone.
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  1. Document your management system

Identify your core or business processes.
Develop documentation that meets your business needs. (Policy statements, objectives, manuals, work instructions, job descriptions, forms.)
Encourage employees to help develop documents to build ownership and awareness.
Review, approve and distribute the documents to those who need access to the information.

  1. Implement your system

Ensure procedures are being performed as documented.
Ensure employees are trained properly for the tasks they are performing.
Create effective reporting systems.
Monitor the effectiveness of your processes through the use of measurable data, where possible.
Review and take action to improve in the areas required.

  1. Verify…

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