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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.


Building Services Design set of three guides (BSD3) by BSRIA (July 2017)

This set comprises three BSRIA guides for building services designers, covering reports, specifications, and allocation of responsibilities.


Building Services Reports (BG71/2017) by Richard Tudor (May 2017)

The aim of this guide is to serve as good practice and to provide guidance in promoting consistency in the industry through common report definition and standard report frameworks.


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.


Sustainable buildings set (SUST1) by Steve Goodhew and Pennycook K. (March 2017)

This set contains BSRIA’s Illustrated Guide to Renewables plus Steve Goodhew’s book Sustainable Construction Processes – A resource Text.


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).

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