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BSI code for FM briefing

11 November 2010

BS 8536:2010 Facility Management Briefing Code of Practice is the new British Standard to ensure the design process takes account of the expected performance of the facility in use.

This standard, BS 8536, is a new addition to an existing set of standards connected with facility management. Facility management briefing focuses on those aspects of design that are concerned, amongst other things, with ensuring the operational success of a refurbished or new facility. 
BS 8536 is intended for use by individuals and organizations preparing or contributing to the preparation of a design brief, including owners refurbishing an existing facility, organizations procuring a new facility and designers.
Stan Mitchell, Chair of the technical committee that developed the standard, said: "The value of BS 8536 is significant. The real value that a true facilities management approach offers Government, Commerce and Industry is the contribution at design stage whether this be new build or refurbishment.  Input at this stage will influence the operational costs and efficiency of use of the asset which is now recognised as representing 80 percent of the whole life cost.  When you add the potential to directly influence the carbon footprint, sustainability, working environment and flexibility in use the value at such early stages in the development thinking can be invaluable". 
According to Dr Brian Atkin, member of the committee that developed the standard: "One of the current weaknesses in practice is the absence of a briefing plan of work that can be tailored to suit different kinds of facilities and to do so without becoming either complicated or prescriptive. There is a need for something to guide decision-making in design, not to constrain it. The standard provides a roadmap that draws attention to necessary considerations during the briefing process, particularly those relating to operational needs and requirements. The aim is to strengthen existing best practice by encouraging a balanced approach to briefing".  
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