- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 16 Feb 2017
Technical guide for building users
The soft landings framework is a joint initiative between BSRIA (Building Services Research and Information Association) and UBT (Usable Buildings Trust). It is an open-source framework available from BSRIA that is intended to ‘…smooth the transition into use and to address problems that post-occupancy evaluations (POEs) show to be widespread’.
Amongst a number of strategies intended to improve the performance of buildings, the soft landings framework proposes that building owners and operators should be provided with a technical guide to help them understand how building systems are supposed to work and enabling them to operate and fine-tune those systems.
This is in addition to the traditional requirement for a building owner's manual (sometimes called an operation and maintenance manual or O&M manual) which contains more detailed information required for the operation, maintenance, decommissioning and demolition of a building, and in addition to a non-technical building user’s guide which explains the principles behind the design of the building and how these affect its operation to building users.
It should be written in plain English and should include information about:
- How the building and its systems work.
- The performance that is expected.
- The building log book, which is a requirement of part L of the building regulations and provides information about building services to help ensure the building is operated properly and efficiently.
- The strategy for energy metering.
- The requirements of any energy rating schemes used, such as LEED, BREEAM or Ska.
The soft landings framework suggests that the technical guide should be developed during design and construction and that two pre-handover meetings should be held between the project team and the facilities management team to explain the content of the technical guide and the systems it describes.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
BSRIA report suggest the European market will double to 415 million Euros by 2023.
Do you understand the different types of stone and which ones you should use where?
Why a wellbeing strategy is vital for property managers.
An ECA briefing for members about the commercial implications of leaving the EU.
A crucial moment on any project - and fraught with danger.
The performance gap from a Northern Ireland perspective.
Book review: Buildings of protestant nonconformity.
Design and testing for health and wellbeing - free download from BRE.
Retention in construction contracts.
Campaign for the reform of cash retentions.
The key points for the construction industry and BSRIA's response.