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Design Framework for Building Services 5th Edition (BG 6/2018)


The 5th edition represents a significant update from the previous edition

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The 5th edition represents a significant update from the previous edition. The release of this new edition ensures that BG 6 continues to be the industry standard document for building services consultants and contractors to help them, and their clients, clarify and define the extent of their design activity and their design deliverables on any specific project.

The guide contains design activity proformas and drawing / model definitions that are used to support contract documentation and to encourage efficient collaborative working between building services and other designers such as architects, structural engineers and also along building services supply chains.

The structure of this 5th edition has been arranged in order to provide more information and guidance on its purpose and how to use it.  This includes some examples of using various proformas, together with their corresponding Appendix B spreadsheets.

To enable design activities to be chosen to best suit the needs of a particular project, the proformas have been reviewed.  This has resulted in some having been combined – proformas 3a and 3b have been combined into a single proforma 3, covering the whole of RIBA Stage 3.  Similarly, profomas 4a, 4b and 4c have been combined into a single proforma 4, covering the whole of RIBA Stage 4. Proforma 0 has been deleted.

Additional drawings have been included to give more guidance on electrical and public health services content, as well as some building cross sections to demonstrate coordination of services at pinch points.

The ‘Allocating model and drawing production’ spreadsheet in Appendix B has been expanded to include all outputs detailed within the proformas.  The spreadsheet has added functionality to allow the selection of different levels of information, as well as alternative classification structures.

As with the previous edition, the proformas in this 5th edition of BG 6 follow the project stages shown in the RIBA Plan of Work 2013.

This guide is available as a hard copy, pdf and multi site licensed versions. The licensed version of BG 6/2018 contains:

  • An unlocked PDF
  • An editable Word version of the guide
  • An Excel workbook of all the pro-formas
  • An unlocked pdf of the 4th edition (BG 6/2014)
  • An Excel workbook of all the pro-formas from the 4th edition
  • Free updates for one year from purchase date

Please not that some corrections were made to this guide on 26th July 2018. Details of these corrections can be found on the amendments and corrections page of the BSRIA website.

Revision History

The original predecessor of this publication was TN 8/94 The allocation of design responsibilities - a code of conduct to avoid conflict, published in 1994. This was superseded in 1997 by TN 21/97 Allocation of Design Responsibilities and TN 22/97 Allocation of design responsibilities - example drawings. These were superseded in 2006 by BG 6/2006 A Design Framework for Building Services. All subsequent editions kept this title. The 2nd edition was BG 6/2009, the 3rd edition was BG 6/2012, and the 4th edition was BG 6/2014 This 5th edition was published in June 2018.

Publication details

AuthorsDavid Churcher, Martin Ronceray and John Sands
No. of pages130
Number of books in set1
Date publishedJune 2018


If you have any specific questions about this publication please contact our Publications Manager David Bleicher on +44 (0)1344 465529 or david.bleicher@bsria.co.uk

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