Last edited 27 Oct 2016

BS 8536-1:2015 Briefing for design and construction. Code of practice for facilities management (Buildings infrastructure)

In July 2015, the British Standards Institute (BSI) published BS 8536-1:2015 Briefing for design and construction. Code of practice for facilities management (Buildings infrastructure). It replaced BS 8536:2010 Facility management briefing. Code of practice.

British Standard (BS) publications are technical specifications or practices that can be used as guidance for the production of a product, carrying out a process or providing a service.

BS 8536-1:2015 is part a suite of documents developed to support Building Information Modelling (BIM) level 2, which is required on centrally-procured public projects from April 2016. Level 2 BIM requires fully collaborative 3D BIM with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic.

BS 8536-1:2015 gives recommendations for briefing so that designers consider performance 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 should be used by:

The 2015 revisions include:

Mark Bew, Chairman of the BIM Task Group said, “The Government has a vision to reduce whole life costs of assets by 33% by 2025, and the revision of BS 8536 incorporating the principles of GSL (Government Soft Landings) will ensure that it will become one of the key guidance documents, alongside PAS 1192-2, PAS 1192-3 and BS 1192-4 to achieve this aim in both the private and public sectors”.

A companion document was published in 2016, BS 8536-2:2016 Design and construction: Code of practice for asset management (Linear and geographical infrastructure).

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