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BSI Facilities Standards - BS 8536 Facilities Management Briefing

19 October 2013 | Updated 01 January 1970

This week in FM attended the BSI Facilities Management Standards Conference in Bishopsgate on Tuesday. The highly informative day was well attended with engaging discussions from all areas of the room. The event was very well chaired by Stan Mitchell who began the day with an overview of the Facilities Standards and the challenges of alignment to UK and wider ISO standards.

Attendees then worked in groups to discuss and propose ideas for future activity and requirements associated with Facilities Standards from BSI. The morning session continued with an overview of key standards by Brian Atkin of the Facilities Society.


BS 8536 Facilities Management Briefing

BS 8210 Guide to Facilities Maintenance Management

BS 8587 Guide to Facility Information Management

BS 8572 Procurement of Facility related services


Dave Wilson of Effective Facilities Limited and Steve Maslin from Building User Design Solutions discussed and took questions on the key issues and challenges these standards deal with.

This session was followed by  four short presentations supporting the recent launch of BS 8544 Guide for Life cycle costing for Maintenance from Andy Green of Faithfull & Gould, Bruce Kirton from B&ES,  Jo Harris of CIBSE/BSRIA and Geoff Prudence from the CIBSE Facilities  Management Group.

 The respective sessions gave an overview of the Standard, the link to SFG 20 Maintenance, CIBSE Guide M and  practicalities and case study of implementation. The panel discussed further specific items and questions with Kathryn Bourke of Whole life limited.

 The afternoon sessions began with a panel discussion on EU Standards in Facilities Management  with Dave Wilson, Keith Alexander and Jeff Wilson, followed by an a thought provoking session from Mike Packham from BIFM on applying standards in practice in UK and international markets.

 With Stan Mitchell drawing the day to a close with a summary, updates on future Standards and aspirations, there had certainly been a greater awareness of the standards and their importance moving forward for our industry. A key theme and message for all was that there is still much to be done to develop, communicate and embed the BSI Facilities standards in practice. A challenge which Stan Mitchell rightly offerred to all to become involved with.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 19 October 2013


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