• David Sharp
  • 26 August 2015

BSI updates design and construction guidance for FM

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published updated briefing information for facilities managers to support its guidance on Building Information Modelling (BIM), which will be required on centrally-procured public projects from April 2016.

BIM is a key part of the Government Soft Landings (GSL) policy designed to reduce cost and improve performance of asset delivery and operation of the public estate.

BS 8536-1:2015 Briefing for Design and Construction: Code of Practice for Facilities Management (Buildings infrastructure) replaces guidance originally published in 2010. Compliance with the BIM Level 2 specification requires fully collaborative 3D building modeling information, with all project and asset information, documentation and data being produced in digital format.

The new code of practice encourages designers to consider performance of buildings in use. This is intended to ensure that the operator, operations team and their supply chain from are involved from the outset and that the project delivery supply chain continue to be involved through the operational phase and defined periods of aftercare.

The standard applies to all new buildings projects and major refurbishments and is intended for use by architects, engineers, property and facilities managers, and building owners and operators.

Vice Chair of the Government’s BIM4FM Group and Chair of the RICS FM Board, Kath Fontana, said:

‘This updated standard now incorporates guidance on working collaboratively in a digital environment.  It will be a really useful guide not only for building owners and facilities managers, but for the whole supply chain, as they embark on new projects and refurbishments.  The emphasis on the long term performance of buildings, which underpins the level 2 BIM programme,  is especially welcome’.

A BS8536 Checklist is available free of charge from BSI (downloadable pdf):