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Design Framework 4th Edition now availableFebruary 2014

BSRIA’s Design Framework for Building Services (BG6) has become an industry standard document for building services consultants and contractors to help them clarify and define the extent of their design activity and their design deliverables on any specific project. It is also used by clients and project managers to allocate design activity between members of a project team.

The design activity pro-formas and drawing / model definitions 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 principal changes in Edition 4 are based on two key industry developments:

  • the publication of the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 and the draft of the digital Plan of Work prepared by the BIM Task Group
  • experience of using BIM has progressed since the third edition was published in 2012

The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 and the draft of the digital Plan of Work, which align with one another, are based on a new, more holistic view of the project life-cycle. The previous RIBA Plan of Work used letters A to L to refer to project stages. The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 has stages numbered 0 to 7 together with a series of task bars covering related tasks such as procurement, town planning and sustainability, which can be flexed according to the needs of a specific project.

Many of the new stages align with the old stages, but there are some significant revisions. These include a new Stage 0 – Strategy which is to allow a client to make strategic choices about the nature and extent of the project in relation to the rest of his property portfolio and business needs. There are now 4 principal design stages (Stages 1 to 4) instead of six (Stages A to F). 

All these changes mean that the structure of the BSRIA pro-formas in BG6 Appendix A has had to be amended, and the new pro-formas now align with each of the RIBA or digital Plan of Work stages.

Developments with BIM mean that the management of information and the project process for BIM Level 2 is now defined through PAS 1192-2:2013. BIM Level 2 is the government’s requirement for its own projects. The collaborative working that is central to successful Level 2 BIM is explained in PAS 1192-2, as are the key tools of the Employer's Information Requirements and the supply chain’s BIM Execution Plan. The Common Data Environment that was introduced in BS 1192:2007 has also been extended and refined in PAS 1192-2.

The BG 6/2014 licensed versions will be available end of February 2014 and will contain an unlocked pdf, an editable Word version, and editable Excel versions of the pro-formas. Customers who have purchased a licensed version of BG6 Edition 3 will be entitled to a free upgrade to a licensed version of BG6 Edition 4. Order now

Pdfs of BG 6/2012 are available to those still working to the RIBA Plan of Work 2007. 

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