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BSRIA launches guide for new and refurbished buildings

BISRIA has launched a guide to Pitstopping, focusing on the handover of new and refurbished buildings.

The guide describes a process that allows construction teams to periodically reconsider critical design issues by focusing on issues of usability, manageability and maintainability from the perspective of the end user.

The guide is specifically designed to run within Soft Landings Framework (BG 04/2009), a form of graduated handover for new and refurbished buildings. Soft Landings activities will assist in gaining credits under BREEAM 2011. Its use was also cited as an example of how construction was developing processes to generate improvements by Chief Construction Adviser, Paul Morrell, at the recent Government response to the Low Carbon Construction IGT report.

“The problem with conventional design reviews is that they are only carried out in the early stages of a project, and only then to check the quality and accuracy of calculations” says the guide’s author and manager of BSRIA’s Soft Landing Initiative, Roderic Bunn.

BSRIA’s Pitstopping guide:

  • Pitstops may occur during any of the following construction stages:
  • Briefing – scheme design check
  • Design - technical reality check
  • Post-construction – tender stage reality check
  • Construction – pre-handover reality check
  • Initial aftercare yr 1 – post-handover sign-off review
  • Initial aftercare yr 2 – Soft Landings check progress for 18 month aftercare review
  • Initial aftercare yr 3 – Soft Landings check progress for 36 month aftercare review
  • Problems can be resolved during detailed design, or later by the design and build contractor through more insightful procurement, or through more attention during commissioning.
  • This pitstopping process will become invaluable as the Government pushes for improved operational performance and clients are demanding the expected energy efficiencies upon project completion.

The guide is priced at £30 to non-members and £15 to BSRIA members.


Bookshop: +44 (0)1344 465529

Email: bookshop@bsria.co.uk


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