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Design and construction for operability

The Department of Business, Innovation & Skills has lent its support to the revision of BS 8536:2010, Facilities management briefing Code of practice. The revision will extend the scope of the standard to cover operational requirements through design, into construction and on to a period of aftercare once the facility is operational. The extended scope takes into account operational performance target-setting at the start of the project, information management, building information modelling, BSRIA's Soft Landings, Government Soft Landings and post-occupancy evaluation.

It is expected that the draft for public consultation will be available after 1 March 2015. Publication of BS 8536:2015, Facilities management briefing for design and construction Code of practice is expected in June 2015.

Example COBie spreadsheet

BSI has published BS 1192-4 Collaborative production of information Part 4: Fulfilling employers information exchange requirements using COBie – Code of practice. This new standard provides the foundations and principles of Level 2 BIM and is one of seven deliverables that can help organisations reach Level 2. BIM models rely on the exchange of structured and accurate data throughout an asset’s lifecycle. For this to happen in a clear manner COBie (Construction Operations Building information exchange) is recommended.

Gudni Johannesson and Brian Atkin

Leaders of the energy industry and government representatives from across the Nordic region met in Reykjavik, Iceland last week (27-29 August 2014) for a conference on Energy Quality Management. Director of the Society, Brian Atkin, who chaired one of the main sessions is shown with the Director-General of the Icelandic Energy Authority (Orkustofnun), Gudni Johannesson.

Make adequate plans for transition

What happens when it is felt necessary to change service providers or the mode of service delivery? How can this be done without disrupting normal operations? A new British Standard – BS 8892:2014 Transition management of facility-related services: Code of practice – has been designed to deal with such situations.

Adopting standards can prevent failures

Members will be no doubt be pleased to learn that the Society is recognised by British Standards Institution as a representative body in the facilities management field. As such, it is represented on BSI's FMW/1 Technical Committee for Facilities Management by Brian Atkin, Director of the Society. 

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