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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.


Pitstopping - BSRIA's reality checking process for Soft Landings (BG 27/2011) by Bunn R (July 2011)

Recent surveys have revealed that there are some shocking gaps between the design intention and the reality of some new buildings' energy consumption. This is particularly worrying because the performance shortfall is happening despite tougher Building Regulations. Innovative...


Energy Efficient Pumping Systems - A Design Guide (BG 12/2011) by Parsloe C (March 2011)

The Guide is a result of a BSRIA's research project carried out in collaboration with BRE and the industry partners including Danfoss, Frese, Belimo, SAV UK, Andrew Reid & Partners, Crane Fluid, Herz Valves and Grundfos. It recognises that the potential for pump energy...


Embodied Carbon - the Inventory of Carbon and Energy (ICE) (BG 10/2011) by Prof Hammond G, Jones C. - Editors Lowrie F. Tse P (January 2011)

The Innovation and Growth Team (IGT), drawn from the construction industry, recently provided a report to the government recommending embodied carbon appraisal. The BSRIA guide produced in conjunction with the University of Bath, in line with the recent IGT report, looks at why...


Underfloor Heating and Cooling (BG 4/2011) by Brown R (January 2011)

'As an architectural practice that undertakes energy assessments, the Underfloor Heating and Cooling Guide is invaluable as a reference document' Iain Robinson, Architectural & Creative Design BSRIA's latest guide replaces the previous Underfloor Heating: A Designer's Guide...


Soft Landings for Schools Case studies (BG 9/2010) by Bunn R, Usable Building Trust (October 2010)

There is a major policy imperative to make buildings perform radically better and much more sustainably. It will be impossible to meet these expectations reliably unless the service given by the construction industry also changes, with more focus on actual performance in use....


Commissioning Job Book - A framework for managing the commissioning process (BG 11/2010) by Hawkins G (October 2010)

BSRIA's Commissioning Job Book replaces AG5/2002 Commissioning Management. Commissioning is too important to be considered as no more than the very last stage that must be completed before practical completion. To meet the demands imposed on the 21st century built environment,...


Structural Fixings for Ductwork Systems (BG 10/2010) by Hawkins Glenn (August 2010)

Joint best practice publication from ADCAS and BSRIA providing guidance on the design, selection and installation of structural fixings for ductwork systems. It gives an overview of the design process that should be applied to the design of ductwork support systems, examines...


BESA- Guide to Good Practice For the Installation of Fire and Smoke Dampers (DW/145) by BESA (May 2010)

This guide highlights many of the basic principles contained in the design and installation process, whilst at the same time identifying the responsibilities that attach to the team as a whole - which, of course, comprises designers, builders, manufacturers and local authorities,...


Heat Pumps - A Guidance document for designers (BG 7/2009) by Brown R (October 2009)

Heat pumps are increasingly being considered as an alternative to combustion-based heating plant as a means to reduce operating costs and carbon emissions, and are now the fastest growing form of heating in the UK. This new guide explains the design of heat-pump based heating...


Building Services Job Book - A project framework for engineering services (BG 1/2009) by Hawkins G (August 2009)

The Building Services Job Book is full of useful things for a construction project team. It is not just for building services engineers but everyone involved with or interfacing with the services activity. The title reflects its alignment with RIBA stages.

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