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Taking the Soft Approach

11 September 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

BSRIA has launched a new Soft Landings and Government Soft Landings (GSL) guide which is available to download from its website. 

It argues that ‘soft landings’ is increasingly being recognised as an important step in helping to ensure the actual building performance in terms of energy consumption and occupant comfort closely matches the design intent; and the free PDF summarises this process.

This is seen as particularly relevant in the public sector where it is usual to have long leases or ownership of property and where the benefits of soft landings through the building process and life cycle analysis can be demonstrated.

In September 2012 the Cabinet Office formally announced the policy that by 2016 all centrally funded projects should be delivered in accordance with GSL as part of the government’s expectations for the public sector adoption of BIM.

BSRIA points out that here are some crucial differences between its soft landings and those of GSL. Its guide compares the attributes of BSRIA’s soft landings’ framework and GSL and reviews both methodologies to ensure that the lessons learned will result in improvements, not just in the process but also in building performance and occupant comfort.

“This should assist in achieving the ‘seismic shift’ which is required in the industry to achieve what many experts believe is the industry’s Holy Grail – demonstrating how well designed, energy efficient and well managed buildings can result in improved occupant health and wellbeing and, potentially, productivity,” explained Mitch Layng, Portfolio Energy Manager, M&G Real Estate

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Picture: BSRIA has published a new guide on ‘soft landings’ for buildings

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 11 September 2015


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