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


Gaps exist between the design intent and reality of some new buildings' energy consumption. This guide describes a process that allows construction teams to periodically 

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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 technologies devised to deliver low energy consumption and comfortable conditions are often difficult to commission, unreliable in operation and complicated to maintain. The resulting problems require designers to adopt a strategy in order to 'reality-check' their design decisions throughout a project.

BSRIA's Pitstopping guide describes a process that allows construction teams to periodically reconsider critical design issues by focusing on the perspective of the end user.

The guide is specifically designed to run within Soft Landings Framework (BG 54/2014), a form of graduated handover for new and refurbished buildings. Soft Landings activities will assist in gaining credits under BREEAM 2011.

Pitstops may occur during any of the following construction stages:

  • Briefing - scheme design check
  • Design - technical reality check
  • Post-construction - tender stage reality check
  • Construction - pre-handover reality check
  • Initial aftercare yr 1 - post-handover sign-off review
  • Initial aftercare yr 2 - Soft Landings check progress for 18 month aftercare review
  • Initial aftercare yr 3 - Soft Landings check progress for 36 month aftercare review

This pitstopping process will become invaluable as the Government pushes for improved operational performance and clients are demanding the expected energy efficiencies upon project completion.

Please note there has been an amendment to the original PDF download - Please click on Amendments and corrections for more details. The PDF download is now correct.

You can buy this guide as part of our Soft Landings Set of 5 that contains Soft Landings and Government Soft Landings (BG 61/2015), How to Procure Soft Landings (BG 45/2014), Soft Landings Framework (BG 54/2014), Soft Landings Core Principles (BG 38/2014) and Pitstopping - BSRIA's Reality Checking Process for Soft Landings (BG 27/2011).


Please note that this guide uses the old five stages as defined in BG 54/2014 Soft Landings Framework. It has not been updated to reflect the six Phases as defined in BG 54/2018 Soft Landings Framework 2018.

Publication details

AuthorBunn R
No. of pages62
Number of books in set1
Date publishedJuly 2011


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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