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BSRIA launches updated and combined 'Handover' manual

28 December 2007

BSRIA's new Building Handover and Operations and Maintenance Manual, sponsored by Reliance Facilities Management, links construction and life cycle performance of buildings.

The BSRIA Building Handover and Operations and Maintenance Manual is an important tool for a developing critical understanding between design, construction and the facilities management of safer, more productive and energy efficient buildings. The Manual is a substantial update and almalgamation of to two previous guides - TN 15/95 Handover Information for Building Services and AG 1/87.1 Operating and Maintenance Manuals. The combination of these publications into one makes a strategic link between the process of handing over a building, the subsequent education of its users and the fine-tuning of a building's environmental systems.

Commenting at the launch of the Manual at a seminar in London Reliance FM, Chairman Barry Nealon explained that Reliance FM's sponsorship of the publication is a contribution to promoting better and closer co-operation and understanding between construction management and maintenance teams. .‘We are delighted with the positive response to this publication and the interest that was generated by the seminar. The ensuing debate on the opportunities for FM to influence a positive environmental agenda proves the timeliness of this guide.'

Handover, O&M Manuals and Project Feedback is aimed at all construction professionals involved in the design, construction or handover of buildings. The publication is in five parts:
Part 1. Building handover
Part 2. Operation and maintenance manuals
Part 3. A model specification for O&M manuals
Part 4. Energy certification procedures (to meet the requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive)
Part 5. Design and post-occupation feedback tools.

"Handover, O&M Manuals and Project Feedback reflects the significant shift towards improving the operational performance of buildings," says co-author Roderic Bunn. " For this reason the publication includes guidance on carrying out energy performance analysis, and ways to benchmark the results."
If the industry uses the tools described in the guide, they should be able to deliver better-performing buildings, significantly more usable O&M manuals, less energy hungry building services, and happier and more productive occupants."

Handover, O&M Manuals and Project Feedback, BG1/2007 is priced at £60 (£30 for BSRIA Members) The guide is available as a toolkit with a CD, containing MS Word versions of the tables and pro-formas, and other supporting documentation for use on company intranets. For more details contact the BSRIA bookshop on 01344 465529 or visit .

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