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New building legislation and guidance

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In October 2018, BSRIA produced a summary of its top ten list of recent legislation and guidance affecting buildings.

1. Wiring Regulations 18th edition [BS 7671:2018 The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). British Standards Institution]

This highly-anticipated publication comprises the latest revisions to the IET Wiring Regulations and includes changes to fire provision, overvoltage, energy efficiency measures and more.

Published July 2018.

2. Occupational health and safety management systems – Part 0. General guidelines for the application of ISO 45001 [BS.ISO 45001.2018]

The widely-publicised revisions to the health and safety framework for workplaces advises facilities managers on employee safety, reducing workplace risks and creating better, safer working conditions.

Published March 2018.

3. Specification for kitchen ventilation systems [DW172. BESA]

This popular publication offers amended guidance on regulatory compliance and best practice for the catering industry. The amendments include:

Launched January 2018.

4. BREEAM UK New Construction Scheme 2018 [BRE]

BRE has updated its New Construction Scheme to better reflect building environmental and sustainability objectives. This New Construction Scheme is one of five schemes covering new buildings, in-use buildings, refurbishment and communities and civil or public projects.

Published March 2018.

5. Design Framework for Building Services - 5th Edition [BG.6.2018. BSRIA]

The guide updates BG6/2014 and contains design activity proformas and drawing / model definitions that are used to support contract documentation. The guide also encourages efficient collaborative working between building services and other designers such as architects, structural engineers and building services suppliers.

Published June 2018.

6. Energy storage in buildings: a technology overview [BG.73.2018. BSRIA]

This guide provides an illustrated overview of the options available for energy storage in buildings, including thermal and electrical energy storage. The attributes of these systems are discussed and case studies are included to illustrate differing applications of energy storage technologies. The guide is aimed at designers, facilities managers and occupiers.

Published February 2018.

7. TM60 Good Practice in the Design of Homes [CIBSE]

This Technical Memorandum (TM) aims to help building services engineers and other professionals working on the planning, design and construction of homes to:

Published February 2018.

8. Beyond BIM: Knowledge management for a smarter built environment [BRE]

This book describes new directions for building information modelling (BIM) by drawing on research from more than forty collaborative research projects over the last twenty five years. Recommendations and practical advice are offered regarding the design and implementation of information models.

Published April 2018.

9. Whole life carbon assessment for architects [RIBA]

This document introduces architects to carbon assessment and its application through the RIBA work stages. The case is made for architects’ role in reducing carbon emissions to mitigate climate change, and key concepts of embodied and whole-life carbon are explained. Recommendations are outlined for undertaking whole-life carbon assessments.

Published February 2018.

10. Competency and competency management systems in facilities management [KS21.CIBSE]

This guide provides an understanding of competence and competency, focusing on facilities management in operational buildings. The study details the steps individuals and organisations need to take to become competent and how to maintain and manage liaison with human resources and staff management.

Published January 2018.

This article was originally published here by BSRIA in October 2018.


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