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Design and management guides

This section contains guides that will assist with the design and management of the design of building services systems. For a full list of BSRIA's guides visit A-Z of guides.


Life Safety and Firefighting Power Supplies (BG70/2017) by Tony Mayo (March 2017)

This guide provides information on designing power supplies to systems such as sprinkler pumps, smoke control systems and firefighting lifts. It draws together the requirements outlined in many product and application specific standards.


BIM Guides set (BIM1) by John Sands (March 2017)

This set comprises three BSRIA guides that help with understanding of BIM processes, covering classification, specifications and a roadmap for corporate BIM strategies.


Classification – An introduction (BG68/2017 ) by John Sands (February 2017)

This guide covers the basics of the important topic of classification, with particular reference to building services.


Building Performance Evaluation in Domestic Buildings (BG64/2016) by Michelle Agha-Hossein et al (November 2016)

This guide explains how to use Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) to address issues of inefficiency and poor comfort in domestic buildings. It is a general introduction to BPE, and explains why it is important and how it can be carried out.


Floor Plenum Airtightness – Guidance and Testing Methodology (BG65/2016) by Tom Jones (July 2016)

A floor plenum is a void between a building’s floor structure and a raised access floor, used for distributing conditioned air to the spaces above. The airtightness of floor plenums can be a serious comfort and energy efficiency issue. This BSRIA guide recommends upper limits for both plenum leakage


Model Format for Building Services Specifications (BG56/2016) by John Sands (March 2016)

This guide, a joint venture with CIBSE and BESA, provides a model format for building services specifications. This will aid efficiency and understanding for all parties involved in preparing and using specifications.


Carbon and Cost Analysis Set (CC1) by Churcher D, Prof Hammond G, Jones C. - Editors Lowrie F. Tse P (March 2016)

BSRIA's set of three guides covering carbon, cost and environmental analysis. Contains Life Cycle Costing (BG 67/2016), Life Cycle Assessment (BG 52/2013) and Embodied Carbon – the inventory of carbon and energy (BG 10/2011).


Model Specification and Design Framework Set of 2 guides (DFMS) by John Sands and David Churcher (March 2016)

Set contains Design Framework for Building Services (BG06/2014) and Model Format for Building Services Specifications (BG56/2016). Save 20% when you buy both guides together.


Life Cycle Costing (BG67/2016) by David Churcher and Peter Tse (March 2016)

This guide replaces BG5/2008, Whole Life Costing and presents a simple process for the calculation of life cycle costs. Life cycle costing complements the move towards use of information models to improve asset and project management.


Heat Interface Units (BG62/2015) by Reginald Brown (December 2015)

Covers the application and installation of both direct and indirect heat interface units for residential and small commercial applications within district or commercial heat networks

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