|Designing for Adaptable Building Services
The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is leading a project to develop guidance for clients and designers on ways of designing buildings with flexible and adaptable building services that can better meet clients long term needs. Sponsored by the DETR Partners In Innovation Scheme, with support from the BIFM, CIBSE staff and leading practitioners, the project work is being undertaken by ABS Consulting and the Building Research Establishment (BRE).
The project will produce:
The project covers the broad scope of services from mechanical systems to fire protection. Both the CIBSE Public Health and Electrical Groups are supporting the project.
Whether the flexibility be simply to relocate partitions to meet changing team structures or something more radical such as increasing occupancy by 30% to reduce rental costs, the building services play a key part in facilitating or restricting such change. In a survey recently undertaken by the project team over 75% of facilities managers stated that flexibility is of major or vital importance to them, yet in a parallel survey 60% of designers said that clients had problems in clarifying their requirements in this area. It is this mismatch that the project is aimed at overcoming.
The leading practitioners are:
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More details on the project can also be found at CIBSEs website (www.cibse.org/pubs/research/designabs.htm).