F-Gas News: BSRIA revises Soft Landings Framework for 2018

An additional component is added to the group’s latest construction guidance to try and address disparity between design intent and how a completed project functions

BSRIA has announced significant revisions to its Soft Landings Framework that will provide more specific focuses on individual factors of a building’s lifecycle from design to construction, as well as focusing on obligations for when occupancy has begun.

The 2018 edition of the framework has been expanded to have six core focuses instead of the five in previous drafts. These components, now known as phases, are intended to more clearly differentiate design and construction functions in a project.

The phases are:

  • Inception and briefing
  • design
  • construction
  • pre-handover
  • Initial aftercare and extended aftercare
  • Post-occupancy evaluation (POE)

BSRIA said that the decision to adopt the word ‘phase’ in place of stages for 2018 was to emphasise that the framework was not tied to a particular plan of work.

Dr Michelle Agha-Hossein, who has compiled the framework for BSRIA, said the latest changes to the soft landings guidance were intended to better meet a client’s needs through a project. She said this would help ensure an easier transition between design work and operations, as well as the ongoing support required to address widespread issues experienced during post-occupancy.

Dr Agha-Hossein said, “It is not just about better commissioning, fine-tuning and handover. Soft landings can be used for new construction, refurbishment and alteration.”

“A specification and drawings, or a graphical model in the emerging world of BIM, can describe the technical requirements that the eventual contractor is required to deliver at the end of the project. However, the client may have other needs that are difficult to express by these methods.”

She added that the amendments were also attended to tackle potential discrepancies between design intention and the final constructed product.

Dr Agha-Hossein said, “the purpose of some of the specified requirements may be lost through the delivery process without the understanding of why they have been asked for in the first place. These issues can explain, to a large extent, why many new and refurbished buildings suffer from a substantial gap between their design intent and their actual in-use performance.”

Source: RAC plus