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BSRIA publishes Soft Landings and BFM topic guide

BSRIA has launched a free to download topic guide on Soft Landings and Business-Focused Maintenance (BFM).

The guide is an ‘at a glance publication’ and aims to inform those involved in the design, construction and operation of a building about how an effective BFM regime can be developed and achieved through the Soft Landings approach.

The guide’s co-author, Nick Blake, Principal Consultant – Facilities Management, BSRIA, said: “It is fundamental to involve the facilities managers, where known, from early on in the design stage. The knowledge and experience of the FMs can inform better design of systems and make BFM more readily adoptable and easier in operation.

Maintenance can have a major impact on the success of a business and, therefore, can deliver a competitive advantage. It shouldn’t be considered as an overhead – but as a way of adding value to the business. Each building, therefore, should have its own bespoke maintenance programme which can enable the FM to prevent asset failures through a more pragmatic approach.

BFM can help the team to first decide which assets are crucial in achieving the business goals and the end users’ needs. Then, Soft Landings success criteria in terms of the availability, accessibility and manageability of those assets can be set. And the asset strategy and maintenance schedules should be gradually developed during the project and be completed and available at the Pre-Handover Phase.

Both BFM and Soft Landings are well-established industry practices. This topic guide has sketched out how the two can be applied to a project in synchrony.”

 TG 19/2019 Soft Landings and Business-Focused Maintenance is free to download from the BSRIA website: BSRIA topic guides.

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