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Guide M 2014 Out Now

29 November 2014 | Updated 01 January 1970

This week saw the eagerly awaited launch of Guide M by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers. The event was held at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London and attracted a packed audience plus 200 via a webcast.

Guide M - to Maintenance Engineering and Management is aimed at designers, maintainers, building owners and operators and facilities managers. Follow our links to read about the presentations at the launch or to download your own copy:

Notes on the presentation and launch

The Guide itself



The evening event was introduced by Jo Harris, who is chair and lead for the Guide M work group. There were supportive introductions for the Guide given by Stephen Matthews CEO of CIBSE and Mike Mccloskey, past President of B&ES and who was the originating Chairman of SFG20 the industry Maintenance Specification. John Armstrong a Past President of CIBSE and originator of the Maintenance Task Group, gave a presentation on the journey that maintenance in industry and particularly the Guide has undertaken to get where it is today.

Jo Harris, Geoff Prudence, Steve Hunter and Andy Green, some of the lead authors in the new guide gave short presentations on the overview content, and chapters on, Maintenance Strategy, Compliance & Legislation and Life Cycle respectively.


Best practice

Interests in building performance are high on the agenda for organisations that own or operate buildings. The key to good performance is good management and maintenance. The guide is an update to provide best practice for those who have responsibility for the management and maintenance of the engineering services in a building. It also aims to inform those who design and construct buildings and raise awareness of the implications their decisions have on enabling effective management and maintenance.

Jo Harris, Chairman of the Task Group responsible for the Guide said: ”This has taken a huge effort to get finished but I’m really pleased with the completed document. It gives the readers a great insight in to how to operate and maintain Hard FM services. The document is unique in that it brings everything designers and facilities managers need to know about maintaining buildings in one place. There are references to many other useful documents but we’ve provided enough information that is compatible to allow people to get on with their jobs and make informed decisions.

"We’ve worked hard on creating a source of asset life expectancy data that is as comprehensive as possible to assist with whole life appraisals and would love to receive feedback from the industry.”

Geoff Prudence  Chairman of CIBSE Facilities Management said: “There are a number of us that have not only worked hard in the Guide revision but informing the other Industry documents too, assisting with their launch and also embedding the concepts in practice in respective organisations. It really has brought all interested parties in effective design and maintenance together to achieve up to date, strategic documentation to inform industry. Furthermore, I believe it is a key factor to inform BIM activities, particularly around Systems Thinking in the design process and retrofitting existing building stock”

As well as positive responses from attendees, the Q&A session also provided positive debate around embedding best practice and of course BIM!

The presentations, and webcast will be available via the CIBSE website/Knowledge Portal. The Guide is available to buy in hard copy and is discounted and is also available as a download, free to CIBSE Members.


The next CIBSE Facilities Management event s being hosted by their Innovations Task Group in collaboration with Building Futures Group at The Museum of London Thursday 27th November.  For entry and free registration contact Building Futures Group or CIBSE FM/Eventbrite.

Article written by Jeff Sagacitas | Published 29 November 2014


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