Last edited 08 Feb 2021

Building manual

The RIBA Plan of Work 2020, suggests that a building manual is: ‘A summary of all key information about a building, including the Health and Safety File and Fire Safety Information, which are regulatory requirements. The Building Manual is used to ensure that Asset Management and Facilities Management are effectively implemented and might contain tasks that the users must consider in order to get the most out of the building.’

The RIBA Plan of Work 2020 suggests that building manuals (which may have been referred to as building owner's manuals, or operation and maintenance manuals) were traditionally been prepared to satisfy statutory requirements and were large, unwieldy and often poorly structured volumes that were difficult to for the client to use.

In contrast, digital building manuals can provide structured links to information about the products and systems used in a development and information about maintenance, replacements and so on.

Ideally, the client should define what they want to be in the building manual other than statutory requirements.

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