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Building MOTs Are On Their Way

Offices will be the first target of BSRIA's Building MOTs

In this article, how to control buildings efficiently comfortably and safely will be addressed by BSRIA's Building MOTs Scheme claims Dr Michelle Agha-Hossein.

 

How to control and manage buildings efficiently and sustainably while providing the occupants with the necessary level of safety, health, and comfort they need is a question which appears large for many building owners/operators, writes Dr Michelle Agha-Hossein, Sustainable Building Consultant, BSRIA Sustainable Construction Group.

This fundamental question will be addressed by BSRIA's Building MOTs Scheme she claims.

The Scheme provides the opportunity for organisations to systematically collect useful information that could return essential and immediate improvement strategies for their two most important assets – their people and buildings and the connection between the two.

 

Meeting objectives

The scheme is designed to enable the building operators to ensure the objectives of the building regulations are met and retained throughout the building life. It also emphasises how to drive a culture of continuous improvement towards leading industry practice. This will give the owners, tenants and occupants in general the peace of mind that their building provides a safe, healthy and comfortable working environment.

 

Scope

The BSRIA Building MOTs scheme is being designed to methodically assess the wellness of various aspects of a building that can affect the health and happiness of its occupants. This scheme is designed to give building owners/operators guidance on what the next steps after compliance look like.

The BSRIA Building MOTs scheme is applicable to new, refurbished and existing buildings. For new buildings, the scheme should be applied no earlier than 18 months after occupancy, i.e. during aftercare period.

The scope of the scheme covers buildings operational aspects that have the potential to affect occupants’ safety and wellbeing and can be managed and controlled by building operators.

 

80 features strong

The operational aspects of buildings will be evaluated through 80 features that have been identified through literature reviews and a series of workshops with high-profile academics as well as a number of industry professionals. These features are grouped in the scheme within three main categories:

  • Physical category which covers indoor environmental quality factors as well as the features associated with the safety of the building.

  • Functional category which concerns the features that can affect the efficiency of the operational performance of the building as well as the occupants’ performance.

  • Psychological category which refers to the features that affect occupants’ mental health and happiness.

  • This scheme is structured so that buildings can be easily audited. The concept could be applied to all types of buildings. However, the first version of the scheme, which will be published in 2018, will focus essentially on office buildings. Tailored versions of the Scheme to suit other types of building will come later. Pilot programmes will be available soon.

For more information about the scheme and that how you might be able to get involved, please contact me michelle.agha-hossein@bsria.co.uk

Picture: Offices will be the first target of BSRIA's Building MOTs

Article written by Dr Michelle Agha-Hossein, Sustainable Building Consultant, BSRIA Sustainable Con

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