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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.


A Practical Guide to Building Thermal Modelling (BG 48/2013) by Richard Tudor (August 2013)

A Practical Guide to Building Thermal Modelling provides advice on the delivery of thermal modelling and focuses on dynamic and compliance thermal modelling. Project teams are increasingly being asked to commit to future energy use and thermal modelling is used in order to accurately predict future


Designing and Constructing for Airtightness (BG 47/2013) by Ben Cheeseman (May 2013)

BSRIA guide provides architects, main contractors and subcontractors with a broad base knowledge of how to design and building buildings to achieve their airtightness targets.


Ductwork Set (DUCT1) by Hawkins G (February 2013)

This set contains Flexible Ductwork (BG 43/2013) and Structural Fixings for Ductwork Systems (BG 10/2010), both produced in association with ADCAS. The Flexible Ductwork guide aims to help improve building performance by providing guidance on legislation, product standards,...


Flexible Ductwork - A guide to specification, procurement, installation and maintenance (BG 43/2013) by Hawkins G (February 2013)

Flexible ductwork is widely used in buildings. However, there is a lack of clarity over statutory requirements, product standards and technical guidance for this product. This has given rise to a wide variety of interpretations by those parties involved in the design,...


BESA - Internal Cleanliness of Ventilation Systems (TR/19) by Heating and Ventilating Contractors Association (January 2013)

This new comprehensive guide to the internal cleanliness of ventilation systems is vital for specifiers, consultants and facilities managers who need to ensure that ventilation systems are properly maintained. TR/19 provides the highest standards of best practice and provides a...


Value of BREEAM, The (BG 42/2012) by Parker J (October 2012)

Since its launch in 1990, BREEAM (the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) has stimulated a greener built environment. But what do those involved in commissioning BREEAM assessments actually think of the scheme? This report is based on independent...


Understanding Acoustic Performance Data (BG 41/2012) by Hogg R (July 2012)

With more awareness of noise issues and many developments occurring in already built-up areas it is essential to provide an accurate specification of the noise emitted by building services equipment. Acoustic testing is important to manufacturers as it enables them to provide...


DC Power - potential applications (BG 40/2012) by Reginald Brown (June 2012)

If you have ever wondered how to charge your laptop computer or run your fridge from the photovoltaic (PV) panel on your roof, this brief guide provides an introduction to the opportunities and challenges of introducing direct current (DC) power. There are many possible...


Weather Louvre Specification Guide (BG 36/2012) by Roper M (January 2012)

A weather louvre is a passive device, essentially a grille fixed over an opening, designed to let air through and keep water out. It is designed to perform both these functions simultaneously and its suitability for a particular application is determined by how effectively it...


Utility Connections and Diversions - Planning, design and installation (BG 37/2011) by Portman J, Bleicher D (October 2011)

This guide provides comprehensive guidance and practical tools (including templates and checklists) to assist with planning, design and installation of utility services from the preparation stage to post-occupancy aftercare. It ties in with the eight work stages described in...

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