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BSRIA Topic Guides

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We recognise that in an information-rich age, everyone is pressed for time and it can be a challenge to keep up to speed with new research, and find good-quality information when you need it.

BSRIA's library holds over 80, 000 items, including books, conference papers, industry journals, reports and standards on all aspects of building services and it can be hard to know where to begin to make best use of it.   These topic guides can help lead you in the right direction. 

Relaunching our topic guides in 2015 they are to help you find out what resources are available from BSRIA and beyond and to provide an easy point of reference across our services, publications and expertise. We also aim to provide industry expert insight to show readers there is more to the topic than they may have first thought.

The Topic Guides are free for anyone to download including non-members. A simple registration/login is required prior to download.


TG 16/2018 - At a Glance - BREEAM
This topic guide introduces BREEAM, which is a building sustainability assessment tool that has been used to measure building performance since 1991.  The guide explains how the assessment works, the BREEAM schemes and the benefits. 

TG15/2018 - At a Glance - Green Building and Sustainability
This topic guide describes what 'green building' and building sustainably actually means.  Brief explanations of key methods and processes used by professionals to build more energy efficient and sustainable buildings are outlined, including BREEAM, Passivhaus, LEED, Soft Landings and more. 


TG14/2017 - At a Glance - 3D Printing 
BSRIA has launched a 3D Printing Guide to answer the how?, what? and why? and highlight the benefits especially its accuracy and speed. Launched this week, the At a Glance Guide offers quick facts and key issues on a myriad of “need to know issues”.

TG13/2017 - At a Glance - Brexit
The aim of this guide is to help members get a quick overview and understanding of all things Brexit. With so much information out there and a lot of it explained with legal jargon we've aimed to simplify it and provide an at a glance quick read including a short FAQ and impact for the industry.

TG08/2017 At a Glance - Legionella (Update)
This topic guide offers at-a-glance reference information to the issues of legionella bacteria, regulatory and guidance frameworks, advice and further reading.


TG07/2015 At a Glance - Airtightness 
Offers readers a view of why airtightness is important for our building stock and how a building can be tested. 

TG09/2016 At a Glance - Smart Technology

The guide is aimed at those looking for introductory information about smart technology including trends, smart products, the Internet of Things and recent developments.

TG10/2016 At a Glance - Wellbeing
The guide is aimed at those looking for introductory information about wellbeing including definition, impact and importance. The guide details the different factors such as thermal comfort, noise and indoor air quality.

TG11/2016 At a Glance - Standards
This topic guide is for those who use Standards as part of their work or studies but need clarification on the importance of Standards and what some of the statuses actually mean. The aim of the guide is to answer the simple questions about the nature of standards so users can focus on the content.

TG12/2016 At a Glance - Indoor Air Quality
The guide is aimed at those looking for introductory information about indoor air quality including definition, history and prevalence. There is also information on types of contaminants and their exposure limits as well as providing readers with a useful site map.
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