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This page brings together the latest news stories and views on issues related to managing charity workplaces and buildings.

FM body the Building Futures Group folds

No reason was given for the abrupt closure of an organisation that aimed to deliver facilities management  training nationwide.

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A group of children in school uniform pointing at solar panels on a building.

Renewable energy subsidies cut

Government sets out cuts to renewable energy subsidies, affecting income for community sites which have installed solar panels.

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The inside of a large greenhouse.

Kew appoints contractors for £24m refurb

Works at Royal Botanic Gardens include restoration of world’s largest remaining Victorian glasshouse.

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Six exhibitions in one for charity fms

Six industry shows relevant for charity facilities managers and property services teams will be combined into one big event at London's ExCeL exhibition centre in June 2014.

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New HVAC troubleshooting guide

New Guide describes step-by-step procedures to identify and solve common problems within typical HVAC systems.

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Mobile Network in a Backpack

The Vodaphone Foundation this week launched a portable mobile phone network that packs into a rucksack.

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Church roof repair fund deadline looms

Places of worship have until 26 February 2016 to apply for grants for roof repairs.

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An outdoor cafe near an old brick building.

Kenwood House reopens after £5.95m refit

Restoration of a Georgian masterpiece includes new spaces for volunteers and community activities.

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Ally Pally gets first round support for refurb

North London’s Alexandra Palace passes first hurdle in £16.8m bid for refurbishment

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New solar strategy targets community buildings

Government's new solar strategy will make it easier for charities to install solar pv. Energy Minister Greg Barker has announced plans to turn public buildings, schools, factories, and community buildings into "solar hubs".

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