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Achieving cost effective responsive maintenance
This Information Paper highlights some of the key findings of a study led by BRE, which brought together a group of project partners experienced in partnering relationships with their contractors. It examines some of the issues and processes involved in the partnering process.The full results of this study are published in Repair it with effective partnering: Guide to contractual relationships for cost effective responsive maintenance (see page 4 for details). IP14/05 

Achieving whole life value in infrastructure and buildings
This guide has been developed by experts to give stakeholders the means to unlocking Whole Life Value in infrastructure and building projects. It provides a clear understanding of the concepts and principles underlying the use and application of Whole Life Value. It considers key questions such as: * What is Whole Life Value? * Why think Whole Life Value? * Who are the stakeholders? * When should Whole Life Value be considered? * How can Whole life Value be achieved? The guide explains methods, techniques and tools to achieve Whole Life Value in planning, commissioning and maintaining assets such as schools, offices, highways and repair and maintenance schemes. The importance of considering the needs of a broader range of stakeholders than just those involved in the immediate decision-making process is also emphasised. The guide will help stakeholders select appropriate tools and challenge the barriers on how Whole Life Value is achieved in infrastructure and buildings. It includes four case studies, illustrating the application of WLV principles on a selection of projects: A value-based selection methodology for products and services for Home Group Ltd; Value for money from the Highways Agency - identifying the most cost-effective maintenance strategies, taking into account disruption caused by road works; The A303 Stonehenge Improvement - assessing various options for a bored tunnel; Whole Life Value profiling - building new schools under a PFI project. Annex 1 lists Key Whole Life Value drivers in the public sector - organisations, policy initiatives and procurement rules; Annex 2 lists publications, software, websites, and other tools that can help in achieving WLV.  BR476 

Applying facilities expertise in building design
Explains how facilities expertise can be more fully integrated into the design process. It is aimed both at facilities managers, to encourage them to take a more active part in projects, and at Building designers who need to be aware of key operational issues when setting design principles. Highlights potential solutions to many of the problems encountered and is based on issues that BIFM members identifed as of particular concern. BR425 

Balanced Value for sustainable procurement
Balanced Value is a tool for construction professionals who want to incorporate functional performance and "triple bottom-line" sustainability (social, environmental and economic) into their decision-making processes. The tool is web-based and should be used in conjunction with guidance, both of which are available at www.balancedvalue.com. This information paper describes the tool and explains it in the context of case studies and how it can be applied at three levels: entry, intermediate and expert.  IP6/06 

Better briefing means better buildings
Provides a framework, in the form of a checklist, to aid briefing. Suggests ways in which the early stages of building projects might be set up and carried out to ensure the project's satisfactory outcome for the client. BR95 

Better building – integrating the supply chain
There is growing awareness in the construction industry that the development of integrated supply chains and construction processess is potentially the means by which the industry will prosper in the 21st century. One of the principle mechanisms identified to achieve this goal is the early involvement of the supply chain in the construction process. This Digest describes the benefits to be obtained by implementing early involvement, gives guidance on how best to facilitate it and explains the methodology and tools required.  DG450 

Cleaning buildings: legislation and good practice
Cleaning buildings is an industrial process which should be handled by specialists. Often, though, general building operatives (and even householders) have attempted cleaning without understanding the health, safety and environmental implications. This Digests provides building owners, contractors, operatives, building designers and local authorities with advice on three important issues relevant to building cleaning (especially relating to health and safety): legislation, procedures and good practice, and discharging waste to the environment. DG448 

Getting it right
The main purpose of this guide to functionality in construction is to show how the ’functionality’ of construction products can add value to business, so that it can become an intrinsic part of both the decision to build and the briefing process. The guide shows clients of the construction industry and their suppliers the importance of functionality in ’construction’, where construction means all built facilities, including buildings and infrastructure. Functionality is about enabling things to happen, adding value to businesses and meeting personal aspirations. The guide includes details of steps which can be taken, and existing tools available, to enable functionality to be considered as part of the construction briefing process, and of the business review process. Clients include major repeat purchasers, small and occasional clients and property developers in both public and private sectors. Suppliers include architects, surveyors, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and building operators. BR452 

Handover of Office Building Operations protocol (HOBO)
There is presently no formal protocol for the preparation and handover of a building and its documentation. As a result, many buildings are not being properly handed over on practical completion. When this happens, it is likely that the building will be used inappropriately and inefficiently, leading to the dissatisfaction of its users and wasted energy resources. This Digest describes BRE's proposed new handover protocol – Handover of Office Buildings Operations (HOBO). It encourages handover to be seen as a process of many activities with emphasis on information exchange, training, demonstration and fine-tuning. DG474 

Lessons from UK PFI and Real Estate Partnerships
Large-scale outsourcing of public infrastructure through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) represents the most radical change in UK public procurement policy in the last ten years and has been extended into corporate real estate outsourcing through Real Estate Partnerships (REPs). Research by The College of Estate Management (funded by the Foundation for the Built Environment) shows that the successes and difficulties associated with PFI and REPs provide opportunities to learn from experience and translate best practice into future projects. FB6 

Lists of excluded materials: a change in practice
Explains the background to the use of lists of excluded materials in contract documents and gives examples of the negative effects such lists may have on clients. It then provides an alternative, positive approach to specification.  DG425 

Performance specifications for whole buildings
Looks at problems of defining and specifying building performance. It describes research into technical, procedural and administrative aspects, and reports work undertaken for other bodies. BR32 

Procurement, maintenance, site organisation and waste management pack
A valuable reference library of BRE Digests, Good Building Guides, Good Repair Guides and Information papers on procurement, maintenance, site organisation and waste management One of a series of 19 compilations of BRE expert guidance and advice and presented in an attractive ring binder for ease of use. Exceptional value. Features / Benefits Exceptional value 25 BRE publications compiled into a single binder Forms an easy to use library of key information and guidance Readership Construction professionals  AP262 

Repair it with effective partnering
Guide to contractual relationships for cost effective responsive maintenance Maintenance and refurbishment account for just over half the UK construction spend of £25 billion (excluding infrastructure), and much of this is spent on responsive maintenance and minor works. Only 32% is spent on making the repair. Partnering can help property owners simplify their administrative processes and achieve cost effective responsive maintenance by reducing response times. Repair it with effective partnering brings together knowledge shared by a group of project partners with experience of partnering relationships with their contractors. The guide examines the issues and identifies the key processes involved. It provides practical advice on how to manage these processes effectively and sets out the benefits of partnering. This guide is aimed at property owners with responsibility for maintaining property, in particular those who want to take advantage of the benefits of partnering. It considers value for money in public procurement, sets out European and UK procurement rules which form the context of the contractual arrangements and considers the application of existing forms of partnering contracts. A set of case studies illustrates successful client and contractor relationships and examines how probity, quality control and cost control are managed. BR484 

Study on whole life costing
Summarises the results of a study on the use of whole life costing by the construction industry. Over 900 representatives from a cross-section of industry stakeholders were surveyed. The objectives were to investigate: the state of the art; work carried out to date; information available; techniques used and participation; scope for use; barriers to adoption and opportunities for promotion; and focused areas of priority activities needed for a structured research and innovation programme. BR367 

The FAST approach
Value Management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication covers one of the fundamental techniques of the VM process, function analysis, and the Function Analysis Systems Technique (FAST). It also contains contact details for other organisations with information or tools available to support VM. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR399 

The Office Toolkit
Examines and evaluates the aspects of an 'office-based' business that have an environmental impact, not just the direct impacts of energy, water, paper usage and waste management, but also commuting, business travel and working from home. In all it provides a complete environmental assessment for your business or office. Spreadsheets (on a 3.5 inch disk) require Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3 software.  BR285 

The performance and costs-in-use of buildings
Describes the development of a new approach to the procurement, operation and management of buildings: the 'Performance and Cost Managed Building' (PCMB) approach, in which building performance and the associated costs-in-use are addressed consistently throughout building life. This report describes how PCMB is a significant step towards the provision of better buildings. BR277 

The value workshop
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication looks in more depth at one of the crucial elements of the VM process. It sets out practical guidance for those participating in a value workshop, which should bring together the key parties to decide how best to achieve value, and provides guidance for post-workshop tasks. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR397 

Value for social housing
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication focuses on the use of value management in the social housing sector. Housing associations and others in the public sector are now expected to implement best value policies as a matter of course. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR398 

Value from construction
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication introduces the principles and explains the benefits of value management and presents a brief overview of the processes. It also provides some useful case study material from a number of different building projects. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135.  BR396 

Value from construction
An essential guide to value management literature for the value management facilitator and researcher. BR333 

Value management
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. The four parts of this publication cover: Value from construction – getting started with value management, The value workshop – concise guidance on the value management workshop, Value for social housing – concise guidance for RSLs, their consultants and contractors and The FAST approach – function analysis and diagramming techniques. AP135 

Whole building commissioning
Approved Document L2 of the Building Regulations, for the Conservation of Fuel and Power in buildings other than dwellings, asks for building services systems including heating, lighting, mechanical ventilation and air conditioning, to be commissioned. The process involves drawing up a commissioning plan, carrying out commissioning so that the installed systems perform to the designer's specification, and the production of a certificate confirming that the commissioning has been carried out. The four parts are 1 A guide for clients, 2 A guide for designers, 3 A guide for specifiers, 4 A guide for facilities managers. IP8/04 

Achieving cost effective responsive maintenance
This Information Paper highlights some of the key findings of a study led by BRE, which brought together a group of project partners experienced in partnering relationships with their contractors. It examines some of the issues and processes involved in the partnering process.The full results of this study are published in Repair it with effective partnering: Guide to contractual relationships for cost effective responsive maintenance (see page 4 for details). IP14/05 

Achieving whole life value in infrastructure and buildings
This guide has been developed by experts to give stakeholders the means to unlocking Whole Life Value in infrastructure and building projects. It provides a clear understanding of the concepts and principles underlying the use and application of Whole Life Value. It considers key questions such as: * What is Whole Life Value? * Why think Whole Life Value? * Who are the stakeholders? * When should Whole Life Value be considered? * How can Whole life Value be achieved? The guide explains methods, techniques and tools to achieve Whole Life Value in planning, commissioning and maintaining assets such as schools, offices, highways and repair and maintenance schemes. The importance of considering the needs of a broader range of stakeholders than just those involved in the immediate decision-making process is also emphasised. The guide will help stakeholders select appropriate tools and challenge the barriers on how Whole Life Value is achieved in infrastructure and buildings. It includes four case studies, illustrating the application of WLV principles on a selection of projects: A value-based selection methodology for products and services for Home Group Ltd; Value for money from the Highways Agency - identifying the most cost-effective maintenance strategies, taking into account disruption caused by road works; The A303 Stonehenge Improvement - assessing various options for a bored tunnel; Whole Life Value profiling - building new schools under a PFI project. Annex 1 lists Key Whole Life Value drivers in the public sector - organisations, policy initiatives and procurement rules; Annex 2 lists publications, software, websites, and other tools that can help in achieving WLV.  BR476 

Applying facilities expertise in building design
Explains how facilities expertise can be more fully integrated into the design process. It is aimed both at facilities managers, to encourage them to take a more active part in projects, and at Building designers who need to be aware of key operational issues when setting design principles. Highlights potential solutions to many of the problems encountered and is based on issues that BIFM members identifed as of particular concern. BR425 

Balanced Value for sustainable procurement
Balanced Value is a tool for construction professionals who want to incorporate functional performance and "triple bottom-line" sustainability (social, environmental and economic) into their decision-making processes. The tool is web-based and should be used in conjunction with guidance, both of which are available at www.balancedvalue.com. This information paper describes the tool and explains it in the context of case studies and how it can be applied at three levels: entry, intermediate and expert.  IP6/06 

Better briefing means better buildings
Provides a framework, in the form of a checklist, to aid briefing. Suggests ways in which the early stages of building projects might be set up and carried out to ensure the project's satisfactory outcome for the client. BR95 

Better building – integrating the supply chain
There is growing awareness in the construction industry that the development of integrated supply chains and construction processess is potentially the means by which the industry will prosper in the 21st century. One of the principle mechanisms identified to achieve this goal is the early involvement of the supply chain in the construction process. This Digest describes the benefits to be obtained by implementing early involvement, gives guidance on how best to facilitate it and explains the methodology and tools required.  DG450 

Cleaning buildings: legislation and good practice
Cleaning buildings is an industrial process which should be handled by specialists. Often, though, general building operatives (and even householders) have attempted cleaning without understanding the health, safety and environmental implications. This Digests provides building owners, contractors, operatives, building designers and local authorities with advice on three important issues relevant to building cleaning (especially relating to health and safety): legislation, procedures and good practice, and discharging waste to the environment. DG448 

Getting it right
The main purpose of this guide to functionality in construction is to show how the ’functionality’ of construction products can add value to business, so that it can become an intrinsic part of both the decision to build and the briefing process. The guide shows clients of the construction industry and their suppliers the importance of functionality in ’construction’, where construction means all built facilities, including buildings and infrastructure. Functionality is about enabling things to happen, adding value to businesses and meeting personal aspirations. The guide includes details of steps which can be taken, and existing tools available, to enable functionality to be considered as part of the construction briefing process, and of the business review process. Clients include major repeat purchasers, small and occasional clients and property developers in both public and private sectors. Suppliers include architects, surveyors, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and building operators. BR452 

Handover of Office Building Operations protocol (HOBO)
There is presently no formal protocol for the preparation and handover of a building and its documentation. As a result, many buildings are not being properly handed over on practical completion. When this happens, it is likely that the building will be used inappropriately and inefficiently, leading to the dissatisfaction of its users and wasted energy resources. This Digest describes BRE's proposed new handover protocol – Handover of Office Buildings Operations (HOBO). It encourages handover to be seen as a process of many activities with emphasis on information exchange, training, demonstration and fine-tuning. DG474 

Lessons from UK PFI and Real Estate Partnerships
Large-scale outsourcing of public infrastructure through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) represents the most radical change in UK public procurement policy in the last ten years and has been extended into corporate real estate outsourcing through Real Estate Partnerships (REPs). Research by The College of Estate Management (funded by the Foundation for the Built Environment) shows that the successes and difficulties associated with PFI and REPs provide opportunities to learn from experience and translate best practice into future projects. FB6 

Lists of excluded materials: a change in practice
Explains the background to the use of lists of excluded materials in contract documents and gives examples of the negative effects such lists may have on clients. It then provides an alternative, positive approach to specification.  DG425 

Performance specifications for whole buildings
Looks at problems of defining and specifying building performance. It describes research into technical, procedural and administrative aspects, and reports work undertaken for other bodies. BR32 

Procurement, maintenance, site organisation and waste management pack
A valuable reference library of BRE Digests, Good Building Guides, Good Repair Guides and Information papers on procurement, maintenance, site organisation and waste management One of a series of 19 compilations of BRE expert guidance and advice and presented in an attractive ring binder for ease of use. Exceptional value. Features / Benefits Exceptional value 25 BRE publications compiled into a single binder Forms an easy to use library of key information and guidance Readership Construction professionals  AP262 

Repair it with effective partnering
Guide to contractual relationships for cost effective responsive maintenance Maintenance and refurbishment account for just over half the UK construction spend of £25 billion (excluding infrastructure), and much of this is spent on responsive maintenance and minor works. Only 32% is spent on making the repair. Partnering can help property owners simplify their administrative processes and achieve cost effective responsive maintenance by reducing response times. Repair it with effective partnering brings together knowledge shared by a group of project partners with experience of partnering relationships with their contractors. The guide examines the issues and identifies the key processes involved. It provides practical advice on how to manage these processes effectively and sets out the benefits of partnering. This guide is aimed at property owners with responsibility for maintaining property, in particular those who want to take advantage of the benefits of partnering. It considers value for money in public procurement, sets out European and UK procurement rules which form the context of the contractual arrangements and considers the application of existing forms of partnering contracts. A set of case studies illustrates successful client and contractor relationships and examines how probity, quality control and cost control are managed. BR484 

Study on whole life costing
Summarises the results of a study on the use of whole life costing by the construction industry. Over 900 representatives from a cross-section of industry stakeholders were surveyed. The objectives were to investigate: the state of the art; work carried out to date; information available; techniques used and participation; scope for use; barriers to adoption and opportunities for promotion; and focused areas of priority activities needed for a structured research and innovation programme. BR367 

The FAST approach
Value Management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication covers one of the fundamental techniques of the VM process, function analysis, and the Function Analysis Systems Technique (FAST). It also contains contact details for other organisations with information or tools available to support VM. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR399 

The Office Toolkit
Examines and evaluates the aspects of an 'office-based' business that have an environmental impact, not just the direct impacts of energy, water, paper usage and waste management, but also commuting, business travel and working from home. In all it provides a complete environmental assessment for your business or office. Spreadsheets (on a 3.5 inch disk) require Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3 software.  BR285 

The performance and costs-in-use of buildings
Describes the development of a new approach to the procurement, operation and management of buildings: the 'Performance and Cost Managed Building' (PCMB) approach, in which building performance and the associated costs-in-use are addressed consistently throughout building life. This report describes how PCMB is a significant step towards the provision of better buildings. BR277 

The value workshop
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication looks in more depth at one of the crucial elements of the VM process. It sets out practical guidance for those participating in a value workshop, which should bring together the key parties to decide how best to achieve value, and provides guidance for post-workshop tasks. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR397 

Value for social housing
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication focuses on the use of value management in the social housing sector. Housing associations and others in the public sector are now expected to implement best value policies as a matter of course. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR398 

Value from construction
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication introduces the principles and explains the benefits of value management and presents a brief overview of the processes. It also provides some useful case study material from a number of different building projects. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135.  BR396 

Value from construction
An essential guide to value management literature for the value management facilitator and researcher. BR333 

Value management
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. The four parts of this publication cover: Value from construction – getting started with value management, The value workshop – concise guidance on the value management workshop, Value for social housing – concise guidance for RSLs, their consultants and contractors and The FAST approach – function analysis and diagramming techniques. AP135 

Whole building commissioning
Approved Document L2 of the Building Regulations, for the Conservation of Fuel and Power in buildings other than dwellings, asks for building services systems including heating, lighting, mechanical ventilation and air conditioning, to be commissioned. The process involves drawing up a commissioning plan, carrying out commissioning so that the installed systems perform to the designer's specification, and the production of a certificate confirming that the commissioning has been carried out. The four parts are 1 A guide for clients, 2 A guide for designers, 3 A guide for specifiers, 4 A guide for facilities managers. IP8/04 

Achieving cost effective responsive maintenance
This Information Paper highlights some of the key findings of a study led by BRE, which brought together a group of project partners experienced in partnering relationships with their contractors. It examines some of the issues and processes involved in the partnering process.The full results of this study are published in Repair it with effective partnering: Guide to contractual relationships for cost effective responsive maintenance (see page 4 for details). IP14/05 

Achieving whole life value in infrastructure and buildings
This guide has been developed by experts to give stakeholders the means to unlocking Whole Life Value in infrastructure and building projects. It provides a clear understanding of the concepts and principles underlying the use and application of Whole Life Value. It considers key questions such as: * What is Whole Life Value? * Why think Whole Life Value? * Who are the stakeholders? * When should Whole Life Value be considered? * How can Whole life Value be achieved? The guide explains methods, techniques and tools to achieve Whole Life Value in planning, commissioning and maintaining assets such as schools, offices, highways and repair and maintenance schemes. The importance of considering the needs of a broader range of stakeholders than just those involved in the immediate decision-making process is also emphasised. The guide will help stakeholders select appropriate tools and challenge the barriers on how Whole Life Value is achieved in infrastructure and buildings. It includes four case studies, illustrating the application of WLV principles on a selection of projects: A value-based selection methodology for products and services for Home Group Ltd; Value for money from the Highways Agency - identifying the most cost-effective maintenance strategies, taking into account disruption caused by road works; The A303 Stonehenge Improvement - assessing various options for a bored tunnel; Whole Life Value profiling - building new schools under a PFI project. Annex 1 lists Key Whole Life Value drivers in the public sector - organisations, policy initiatives and procurement rules; Annex 2 lists publications, software, websites, and other tools that can help in achieving WLV.  BR476 

Applying facilities expertise in building design
Explains how facilities expertise can be more fully integrated into the design process. It is aimed both at facilities managers, to encourage them to take a more active part in projects, and at Building designers who need to be aware of key operational issues when setting design principles. Highlights potential solutions to many of the problems encountered and is based on issues that BIFM members identifed as of particular concern. BR425 

Balanced Value for sustainable procurement
Balanced Value is a tool for construction professionals who want to incorporate functional performance and "triple bottom-line" sustainability (social, environmental and economic) into their decision-making processes. The tool is web-based and should be used in conjunction with guidance, both of which are available at www.balancedvalue.com. This information paper describes the tool and explains it in the context of case studies and how it can be applied at three levels: entry, intermediate and expert.  IP6/06 

Better briefing means better buildings
Provides a framework, in the form of a checklist, to aid briefing. Suggests ways in which the early stages of building projects might be set up and carried out to ensure the project's satisfactory outcome for the client. BR95 

Better building – integrating the supply chain
There is growing awareness in the construction industry that the development of integrated supply chains and construction processess is potentially the means by which the industry will prosper in the 21st century. One of the principle mechanisms identified to achieve this goal is the early involvement of the supply chain in the construction process. This Digest describes the benefits to be obtained by implementing early involvement, gives guidance on how best to facilitate it and explains the methodology and tools required.  DG450 

Cleaning buildings: legislation and good practice
Cleaning buildings is an industrial process which should be handled by specialists. Often, though, general building operatives (and even householders) have attempted cleaning without understanding the health, safety and environmental implications. This Digests provides building owners, contractors, operatives, building designers and local authorities with advice on three important issues relevant to building cleaning (especially relating to health and safety): legislation, procedures and good practice, and discharging waste to the environment. DG448 

Getting it right
The main purpose of this guide to functionality in construction is to show how the ’functionality’ of construction products can add value to business, so that it can become an intrinsic part of both the decision to build and the briefing process. The guide shows clients of the construction industry and their suppliers the importance of functionality in ’construction’, where construction means all built facilities, including buildings and infrastructure. Functionality is about enabling things to happen, adding value to businesses and meeting personal aspirations. The guide includes details of steps which can be taken, and existing tools available, to enable functionality to be considered as part of the construction briefing process, and of the business review process. Clients include major repeat purchasers, small and occasional clients and property developers in both public and private sectors. Suppliers include architects, surveyors, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and building operators. BR452 

Handover of Office Building Operations protocol (HOBO)
There is presently no formal protocol for the preparation and handover of a building and its documentation. As a result, many buildings are not being properly handed over on practical completion. When this happens, it is likely that the building will be used inappropriately and inefficiently, leading to the dissatisfaction of its users and wasted energy resources. This Digest describes BRE's proposed new handover protocol – Handover of Office Buildings Operations (HOBO). It encourages handover to be seen as a process of many activities with emphasis on information exchange, training, demonstration and fine-tuning. DG474 

Lessons from UK PFI and Real Estate Partnerships
Large-scale outsourcing of public infrastructure through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) represents the most radical change in UK public procurement policy in the last ten years and has been extended into corporate real estate outsourcing through Real Estate Partnerships (REPs). Research by The College of Estate Management (funded by the Foundation for the Built Environment) shows that the successes and difficulties associated with PFI and REPs provide opportunities to learn from experience and translate best practice into future projects. FB6 

Lists of excluded materials: a change in practice
Explains the background to the use of lists of excluded materials in contract documents and gives examples of the negative effects such lists may have on clients. It then provides an alternative, positive approach to specification.  DG425 

Performance specifications for whole buildings
Looks at problems of defining and specifying building performance. It describes research into technical, procedural and administrative aspects, and reports work undertaken for other bodies. BR32 

Procurement, maintenance, site organisation and waste management pack
A valuable reference library of BRE Digests, Good Building Guides, Good Repair Guides and Information papers on procurement, maintenance, site organisation and waste management One of a series of 19 compilations of BRE expert guidance and advice and presented in an attractive ring binder for ease of use. Exceptional value. Features / Benefits Exceptional value 25 BRE publications compiled into a single binder Forms an easy to use library of key information and guidance Readership Construction professionals  AP262 

Repair it with effective partnering
Guide to contractual relationships for cost effective responsive maintenance Maintenance and refurbishment account for just over half the UK construction spend of £25 billion (excluding infrastructure), and much of this is spent on responsive maintenance and minor works. Only 32% is spent on making the repair. Partnering can help property owners simplify their administrative processes and achieve cost effective responsive maintenance by reducing response times. Repair it with effective partnering brings together knowledge shared by a group of project partners with experience of partnering relationships with their contractors. The guide examines the issues and identifies the key processes involved. It provides practical advice on how to manage these processes effectively and sets out the benefits of partnering. This guide is aimed at property owners with responsibility for maintaining property, in particular those who want to take advantage of the benefits of partnering. It considers value for money in public procurement, sets out European and UK procurement rules which form the context of the contractual arrangements and considers the application of existing forms of partnering contracts. A set of case studies illustrates successful client and contractor relationships and examines how probity, quality control and cost control are managed. BR484 

Study on whole life costing
Summarises the results of a study on the use of whole life costing by the construction industry. Over 900 representatives from a cross-section of industry stakeholders were surveyed. The objectives were to investigate: the state of the art; work carried out to date; information available; techniques used and participation; scope for use; barriers to adoption and opportunities for promotion; and focused areas of priority activities needed for a structured research and innovation programme. BR367 

The FAST approach
Value Management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication covers one of the fundamental techniques of the VM process, function analysis, and the Function Analysis Systems Technique (FAST). It also contains contact details for other organisations with information or tools available to support VM. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR399 

The Office Toolkit
Examines and evaluates the aspects of an 'office-based' business that have an environmental impact, not just the direct impacts of energy, water, paper usage and waste management, but also commuting, business travel and working from home. In all it provides a complete environmental assessment for your business or office. Spreadsheets (on a 3.5 inch disk) require Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3 software.  BR285 

The performance and costs-in-use of buildings
Describes the development of a new approach to the procurement, operation and management of buildings: the 'Performance and Cost Managed Building' (PCMB) approach, in which building performance and the associated costs-in-use are addressed consistently throughout building life. This report describes how PCMB is a significant step towards the provision of better buildings. BR277 

The value workshop
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication looks in more depth at one of the crucial elements of the VM process. It sets out practical guidance for those participating in a value workshop, which should bring together the key parties to decide how best to achieve value, and provides guidance for post-workshop tasks. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR397 

Value for social housing
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication focuses on the use of value management in the social housing sector. Housing associations and others in the public sector are now expected to implement best value policies as a matter of course. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR398 

Value from construction
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication introduces the principles and explains the benefits of value management and presents a brief overview of the processes. It also provides some useful case study material from a number of different building projects. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135.  BR396 

Value from construction
An essential guide to value management literature for the value management facilitator and researcher. BR333 

Value management
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. The four parts of this publication cover: Value from construction – getting started with value management, The value workshop – concise guidance on the value management workshop, Value for social housing – concise guidance for RSLs, their consultants and contractors and The FAST approach – function analysis and diagramming techniques. AP135 

Whole building commissioning
Approved Document L2 of the Building Regulations, for the Conservation of Fuel and Power in buildings other than dwellings, asks for building services systems including heating, lighting, mechanical ventilation and air conditioning, to be commissioned. The process involves drawing up a commissioning plan, carrying out commissioning so that the installed systems perform to the designer's specification, and the production of a certificate confirming that the commissioning has been carried out. The four parts are 1 A guide for clients, 2 A guide for designers, 3 A guide for specifiers, 4 A guide for facilities managers. IP8/04 

Achieving cost effective responsive maintenance
This Information Paper highlights some of the key findings of a study led by BRE, which brought together a group of project partners experienced in partnering relationships with their contractors. It examines some of the issues and processes involved in the partnering process.The full results of this study are published in Repair it with effective partnering: Guide to contractual relationships for cost effective responsive maintenance (see page 4 for details). IP14/05 

Achieving whole life value in infrastructure and buildings
This guide has been developed by experts to give stakeholders the means to unlocking Whole Life Value in infrastructure and building projects. It provides a clear understanding of the concepts and principles underlying the use and application of Whole Life Value. It considers key questions such as: * What is Whole Life Value? * Why think Whole Life Value? * Who are the stakeholders? * When should Whole Life Value be considered? * How can Whole life Value be achieved? The guide explains methods, techniques and tools to achieve Whole Life Value in planning, commissioning and maintaining assets such as schools, offices, highways and repair and maintenance schemes. The importance of considering the needs of a broader range of stakeholders than just those involved in the immediate decision-making process is also emphasised. The guide will help stakeholders select appropriate tools and challenge the barriers on how Whole Life Value is achieved in infrastructure and buildings. It includes four case studies, illustrating the application of WLV principles on a selection of projects: A value-based selection methodology for products and services for Home Group Ltd; Value for money from the Highways Agency - identifying the most cost-effective maintenance strategies, taking into account disruption caused by road works; The A303 Stonehenge Improvement - assessing various options for a bored tunnel; Whole Life Value profiling - building new schools under a PFI project. Annex 1 lists Key Whole Life Value drivers in the public sector - organisations, policy initiatives and procurement rules; Annex 2 lists publications, software, websites, and other tools that can help in achieving WLV.  BR476 

Applying facilities expertise in building design
Explains how facilities expertise can be more fully integrated into the design process. It is aimed both at facilities managers, to encourage them to take a more active part in projects, and at Building designers who need to be aware of key operational issues when setting design principles. Highlights potential solutions to many of the problems encountered and is based on issues that BIFM members identifed as of particular concern. BR425 

Balanced Value for sustainable procurement
Balanced Value is a tool for construction professionals who want to incorporate functional performance and "triple bottom-line" sustainability (social, environmental and economic) into their decision-making processes. The tool is web-based and should be used in conjunction with guidance, both of which are available at www.balancedvalue.com. This information paper describes the tool and explains it in the context of case studies and how it can be applied at three levels: entry, intermediate and expert.  IP6/06 

Better briefing means better buildings
Provides a framework, in the form of a checklist, to aid briefing. Suggests ways in which the early stages of building projects might be set up and carried out to ensure the project's satisfactory outcome for the client. BR95 

Better building – integrating the supply chain
There is growing awareness in the construction industry that the development of integrated supply chains and construction processess is potentially the means by which the industry will prosper in the 21st century. One of the principle mechanisms identified to achieve this goal is the early involvement of the supply chain in the construction process. This Digest describes the benefits to be obtained by implementing early involvement, gives guidance on how best to facilitate it and explains the methodology and tools required.  DG450 

Cleaning buildings: legislation and good practice
Cleaning buildings is an industrial process which should be handled by specialists. Often, though, general building operatives (and even householders) have attempted cleaning without understanding the health, safety and environmental implications. This Digests provides building owners, contractors, operatives, building designers and local authorities with advice on three important issues relevant to building cleaning (especially relating to health and safety): legislation, procedures and good practice, and discharging waste to the environment. DG448 

Getting it right
The main purpose of this guide to functionality in construction is to show how the ’functionality’ of construction products can add value to business, so that it can become an intrinsic part of both the decision to build and the briefing process. The guide shows clients of the construction industry and their suppliers the importance of functionality in ’construction’, where construction means all built facilities, including buildings and infrastructure. Functionality is about enabling things to happen, adding value to businesses and meeting personal aspirations. The guide includes details of steps which can be taken, and existing tools available, to enable functionality to be considered as part of the construction briefing process, and of the business review process. Clients include major repeat purchasers, small and occasional clients and property developers in both public and private sectors. Suppliers include architects, surveyors, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and building operators. BR452 

Handover of Office Building Operations protocol (HOBO)
There is presently no formal protocol for the preparation and handover of a building and its documentation. As a result, many buildings are not being properly handed over on practical completion. When this happens, it is likely that the building will be used inappropriately and inefficiently, leading to the dissatisfaction of its users and wasted energy resources. This Digest describes BRE's proposed new handover protocol – Handover of Office Buildings Operations (HOBO). It encourages handover to be seen as a process of many activities with emphasis on information exchange, training, demonstration and fine-tuning. DG474 

Lessons from UK PFI and Real Estate Partnerships
Large-scale outsourcing of public infrastructure through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) represents the most radical change in UK public procurement policy in the last ten years and has been extended into corporate real estate outsourcing through Real Estate Partnerships (REPs). Research by The College of Estate Management (funded by the Foundation for the Built Environment) shows that the successes and difficulties associated with PFI and REPs provide opportunities to learn from experience and translate best practice into future projects. FB6 

Lists of excluded materials: a change in practice
Explains the background to the use of lists of excluded materials in contract documents and gives examples of the negative effects such lists may have on clients. It then provides an alternative, positive approach to specification.  DG425 

Performance specifications for whole buildings
Looks at problems of defining and specifying building performance. It describes research into technical, procedural and administrative aspects, and reports work undertaken for other bodies. BR32 

Procurement, maintenance, site organisation and waste management pack
A valuable reference library of BRE Digests, Good Building Guides, Good Repair Guides and Information papers on procurement, maintenance, site organisation and waste management One of a series of 19 compilations of BRE expert guidance and advice and presented in an attractive ring binder for ease of use. Exceptional value. Features / Benefits Exceptional value 25 BRE publications compiled into a single binder Forms an easy to use library of key information and guidance Readership Construction professionals  AP262 

Repair it with effective partnering
Guide to contractual relationships for cost effective responsive maintenance Maintenance and refurbishment account for just over half the UK construction spend of £25 billion (excluding infrastructure), and much of this is spent on responsive maintenance and minor works. Only 32% is spent on making the repair. Partnering can help property owners simplify their administrative processes and achieve cost effective responsive maintenance by reducing response times. Repair it with effective partnering brings together knowledge shared by a group of project partners with experience of partnering relationships with their contractors. The guide examines the issues and identifies the key processes involved. It provides practical advice on how to manage these processes effectively and sets out the benefits of partnering. This guide is aimed at property owners with responsibility for maintaining property, in particular those who want to take advantage of the benefits of partnering. It considers value for money in public procurement, sets out European and UK procurement rules which form the context of the contractual arrangements and considers the application of existing forms of partnering contracts. A set of case studies illustrates successful client and contractor relationships and examines how probity, quality control and cost control are managed. BR484 

Study on whole life costing
Summarises the results of a study on the use of whole life costing by the construction industry. Over 900 representatives from a cross-section of industry stakeholders were surveyed. The objectives were to investigate: the state of the art; work carried out to date; information available; techniques used and participation; scope for use; barriers to adoption and opportunities for promotion; and focused areas of priority activities needed for a structured research and innovation programme. BR367 

The FAST approach
Value Management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication covers one of the fundamental techniques of the VM process, function analysis, and the Function Analysis Systems Technique (FAST). It also contains contact details for other organisations with information or tools available to support VM. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR399 

The Office Toolkit
Examines and evaluates the aspects of an 'office-based' business that have an environmental impact, not just the direct impacts of energy, water, paper usage and waste management, but also commuting, business travel and working from home. In all it provides a complete environmental assessment for your business or office. Spreadsheets (on a 3.5 inch disk) require Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3 software.  BR285 

The performance and costs-in-use of buildings
Describes the development of a new approach to the procurement, operation and management of buildings: the 'Performance and Cost Managed Building' (PCMB) approach, in which building performance and the associated costs-in-use are addressed consistently throughout building life. This report describes how PCMB is a significant step towards the provision of better buildings. BR277 

The value workshop
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication looks in more depth at one of the crucial elements of the VM process. It sets out practical guidance for those participating in a value workshop, which should bring together the key parties to decide how best to achieve value, and provides guidance for post-workshop tasks. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR397 

Value for social housing
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication focuses on the use of value management in the social housing sector. Housing associations and others in the public sector are now expected to implement best value policies as a matter of course. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR398 

Value from construction
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication introduces the principles and explains the benefits of value management and presents a brief overview of the processes. It also provides some useful case study material from a number of different building projects. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135.  BR396 

Value from construction
An essential guide to value management literature for the value management facilitator and researcher. BR333 

Value management
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. The four parts of this publication cover: Value from construction – getting started with value management, The value workshop – concise guidance on the value management workshop, Value for social housing – concise guidance for RSLs, their consultants and contractors and The FAST approach – function analysis and diagramming techniques. AP135 

Whole building commissioning
Approved Document L2 of the Building Regulations, for the Conservation of Fuel and Power in buildings other than dwellings, asks for building services systems including heating, lighting, mechanical ventilation and air conditioning, to be commissioned. The process involves drawing up a commissioning plan, carrying out commissioning so that the installed systems perform to the designer's specification, and the production of a certificate confirming that the commissioning has been carried out. The four parts are 1 A guide for clients, 2 A guide for designers, 3 A guide for specifiers, 4 A guide for facilities managers. IP8/04 

Achieving cost effective responsive maintenance
This Information Paper highlights some of the key findings of a study led by BRE, which brought together a group of project partners experienced in partnering relationships with their contractors. It examines some of the issues and processes involved in the partnering process.The full results of this study are published in Repair it with effective partnering: Guide to contractual relationships for cost effective responsive maintenance (see page 4 for details). IP14/05 

Achieving whole life value in infrastructure and buildings
This guide has been developed by experts to give stakeholders the means to unlocking Whole Life Value in infrastructure and building projects. It provides a clear understanding of the concepts and principles underlying the use and application of Whole Life Value. It considers key questions such as: * What is Whole Life Value? * Why think Whole Life Value? * Who are the stakeholders? * When should Whole Life Value be considered? * How can Whole life Value be achieved? The guide explains methods, techniques and tools to achieve Whole Life Value in planning, commissioning and maintaining assets such as schools, offices, highways and repair and maintenance schemes. The importance of considering the needs of a broader range of stakeholders than just those involved in the immediate decision-making process is also emphasised. The guide will help stakeholders select appropriate tools and challenge the barriers on how Whole Life Value is achieved in infrastructure and buildings. It includes four case studies, illustrating the application of WLV principles on a selection of projects: A value-based selection methodology for products and services for Home Group Ltd; Value for money from the Highways Agency - identifying the most cost-effective maintenance strategies, taking into account disruption caused by road works; The A303 Stonehenge Improvement - assessing various options for a bored tunnel; Whole Life Value profiling - building new schools under a PFI project. Annex 1 lists Key Whole Life Value drivers in the public sector - organisations, policy initiatives and procurement rules; Annex 2 lists publications, software, websites, and other tools that can help in achieving WLV.  BR476 

Applying facilities expertise in building design
Explains how facilities expertise can be more fully integrated into the design process. It is aimed both at facilities managers, to encourage them to take a more active part in projects, and at Building designers who need to be aware of key operational issues when setting design principles. Highlights potential solutions to many of the problems encountered and is based on issues that BIFM members identifed as of particular concern. BR425 

Balanced Value for sustainable procurement
Balanced Value is a tool for construction professionals who want to incorporate functional performance and "triple bottom-line" sustainability (social, environmental and economic) into their decision-making processes. The tool is web-based and should be used in conjunction with guidance, both of which are available at www.balancedvalue.com. This information paper describes the tool and explains it in the context of case studies and how it can be applied at three levels: entry, intermediate and expert.  IP6/06 

Better briefing means better buildings
Provides a framework, in the form of a checklist, to aid briefing. Suggests ways in which the early stages of building projects might be set up and carried out to ensure the project's satisfactory outcome for the client. BR95 

Better building ¿ integrating the supply chain
There is growing awareness in the construction industry that the development of integrated supply chains and construction processess is potentially the means by which the industry will prosper in the 21st century. One of the principle mechanisms identified to achieve this goal is the early involvement of the supply chain in the construction process. This Digest describes the benefits to be obtained by implementing early involvement, gives guidance on how best to facilitate it and explains the methodology and tools required.  DG450 

Cleaning buildings: legislation and good practice
Cleaning buildings is an industrial process which should be handled by specialists. Often, though, general building operatives (and even householders) have attempted cleaning without understanding the health, safety and environmental implications. This Digests provides building owners, contractors, operatives, building designers and local authorities with advice on three important issues relevant to building cleaning (especially relating to health and safety): legislation, procedures and good practice, and discharging waste to the environment. DG448 

Getting it right
The main purpose of this guide to functionality in construction is to show how the ¿functionality¿ of construction products can add value to business, so that it can become an intrinsic part of both the decision to build and the briefing process. The guide shows clients of the construction industry and their suppliers the importance of functionality in ¿construction¿, where construction means all built facilities, including buildings and infrastructure. Functionality is about enabling things to happen, adding value to businesses and meeting personal aspirations. The guide includes details of steps which can be taken, and existing tools available, to enable functionality to be considered as part of the construction briefing process, and of the business review process. Clients include major repeat purchasers, small and occasional clients and property developers in both public and private sectors. Suppliers include architects, surveyors, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and building operators. BR452 

Handover of Office Building Operations protocol (HOBO)
There is presently no formal protocol for the preparation and handover of a building and its documentation. As a result, many buildings are not being properly handed over on practical completion. When this happens, it is likely that the building will be used inappropriately and inefficiently, leading to the dissatisfaction of its users and wasted energy resources. This Digest describes BRE's proposed new handover protocol ¿ Handover of Office Buildings Operations (HOBO). It encourages handover to be seen as a process of many activities with emphasis on information exchange, training, demonstration and fine-tuning. DG474 

Lessons from UK PFI and Real Estate Partnerships
Large-scale outsourcing of public infrastructure through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) represents the most radical change in UK public procurement policy in the last ten years and has been extended into corporate real estate outsourcing through Real Estate Partnerships (REPs). Research by The College of Estate Management (funded by the Foundation for the Built Environment) shows that the successes and difficulties associated with PFI and REPs provide opportunities to learn from experience and translate best practice into future projects. FB6 

Lists of excluded materials: a change in practice
Explains the background to the use of lists of excluded materials in contract documents and gives examples of the negative effects such lists may have on clients. It then provides an alternative, positive approach to specification.  DG425 

Performance specifications for whole buildings
Looks at problems of defining and specifying building performance. It describes research into technical, procedural and administrative aspects, and reports work undertaken for other bodies. BR32 

Procurement, maintenance, site organisation and waste management pack
A valuable reference library of BRE Digests, Good Building Guides, Good Repair Guides and Information papers on procurement, maintenance, site organisation and waste management One of a series of 19 compilations of BRE expert guidance and advice and presented in an attractive ring binder for ease of use. Exceptional value. Features / Benefits Exceptional value 25 BRE publications compiled into a single binder Forms an easy to use library of key information and guidance Readership Construction professionals  AP262 

Repair it with effective partnering
Guide to contractual relationships for cost effective responsive maintenance Maintenance and refurbishment account for just over half the UK construction spend of £25 billion (excluding infrastructure), and much of this is spent on responsive maintenance and minor works. Only 32% is spent on making the repair. Partnering can help property owners simplify their administrative processes and achieve cost effective responsive maintenance by reducing response times. Repair it with effective partnering brings together knowledge shared by a group of project partners with experience of partnering relationships with their contractors. The guide examines the issues and identifies the key processes involved. It provides practical advice on how to manage these processes effectively and sets out the benefits of partnering. This guide is aimed at property owners with responsibility for maintaining property, in particular those who want to take advantage of the benefits of partnering. It considers value for money in public procurement, sets out European and UK procurement rules which form the context of the contractual arrangements and considers the application of existing forms of partnering contracts. A set of case studies illustrates successful client and contractor relationships and examines how probity, quality control and cost control are managed. BR484 

Study on whole life costing
Summarises the results of a study on the use of whole life costing by the construction industry. Over 900 representatives from a cross-section of industry stakeholders were surveyed. The objectives were to investigate: the state of the art; work carried out to date; information available; techniques used and participation; scope for use; barriers to adoption and opportunities for promotion; and focused areas of priority activities needed for a structured research and innovation programme. BR367 

The FAST approach
Value Management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication covers one of the fundamental techniques of the VM process, function analysis, and the Function Analysis Systems Technique (FAST). It also contains contact details for other organisations with information or tools available to support VM. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR399 

The Office Toolkit
Examines and evaluates the aspects of an 'office-based' business that have an environmental impact, not just the direct impacts of energy, water, paper usage and waste management, but also commuting, business travel and working from home. In all it provides a complete environmental assessment for your business or office. Spreadsheets (on a 3.5 inch disk) require Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3 software.  BR285 

The performance and costs-in-use of buildings
Describes the development of a new approach to the procurement, operation and management of buildings: the 'Performance and Cost Managed Building' (PCMB) approach, in which building performance and the associated costs-in-use are addressed consistently throughout building life. This report describes how PCMB is a significant step towards the provision of better buildings. BR277 

The value workshop
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication looks in more depth at one of the crucial elements of the VM process. It sets out practical guidance for those participating in a value workshop, which should bring together the key parties to decide how best to achieve value, and provides guidance for post-workshop tasks. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR397 

Value for social housing
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication focuses on the use of value management in the social housing sector. Housing associations and others in the public sector are now expected to implement best value policies as a matter of course. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR398 

Value from construction
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication introduces the principles and explains the benefits of value management and presents a brief overview of the processes. It also provides some useful case study material from a number of different building projects. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135.  BR396 

Value from construction
An essential guide to value management literature for the value management facilitator and researcher. BR333 

Value management
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. The four parts of this publication cover: Value from construction ¿ getting started with value management, The value workshop ¿ concise guidance on the value management workshop, Value for social housing ¿ concise guidance for RSLs, their consultants and contractors and The FAST approach ¿ function analysis and diagramming techniques. AP135 

Whole building commissioning
Approved Document L2 of the Building Regulations, for the Conservation of Fuel and Power in buildings other than dwellings, asks for building services systems including heating, lighting, mechanical ventilation and air conditioning, to be commissioned. The process involves drawing up a commissioning plan, carrying out commissioning so that the installed systems perform to the designer's specification, and the production of a certificate confirming that the commissioning has been carried out. The four parts are 1 A guide for clients, 2 A guide for designers, 3 A guide for specifiers, 4 A guide for facilities managers. IP8/04 

Achieving cost effective responsive maintenance
This Information Paper highlights some of the key findings of a study led by BRE, which brought together a group of project partners experienced in partnering relationships with their contractors. It examines some of the issues and processes involved in the partnering process.The full results of this study are published in Repair it with effective partnering: Guide to contractual relationships for cost effective responsive maintenance (see page 4 for details). IP14/05 

Achieving whole life value in infrastructure and buildings
This guide has been developed by experts to give stakeholders the means to unlocking Whole Life Value in infrastructure and building projects. It provides a clear understanding of the concepts and principles underlying the use and application of Whole Life Value. It considers key questions such as: * What is Whole Life Value? * Why think Whole Life Value? * Who are the stakeholders? * When should Whole Life Value be considered? * How can Whole life Value be achieved? The guide explains methods, techniques and tools to achieve Whole Life Value in planning, commissioning and maintaining assets such as schools, offices, highways and repair and maintenance schemes. The importance of considering the needs of a broader range of stakeholders than just those involved in the immediate decision-making process is also emphasised. The guide will help stakeholders select appropriate tools and challenge the barriers on how Whole Life Value is achieved in infrastructure and buildings. It includes four case studies, illustrating the application of WLV principles on a selection of projects: A value-based selection methodology for products and services for Home Group Ltd; Value for money from the Highways Agency - identifying the most cost-effective maintenance strategies, taking into account disruption caused by road works; The A303 Stonehenge Improvement - assessing various options for a bored tunnel; Whole Life Value profiling - building new schools under a PFI project. Annex 1 lists Key Whole Life Value drivers in the public sector - organisations, policy initiatives and procurement rules; Annex 2 lists publications, software, websites, and other tools that can help in achieving WLV.  BR476 

Applying facilities expertise in building design
Explains how facilities expertise can be more fully integrated into the design process. It is aimed both at facilities managers, to encourage them to take a more active part in projects, and at Building designers who need to be aware of key operational issues when setting design principles. Highlights potential solutions to many of the problems encountered and is based on issues that BIFM members identifed as of particular concern. BR425 

Balanced Value for sustainable procurement
Balanced Value is a tool for construction professionals who want to incorporate functional performance and "triple bottom-line" sustainability (social, environmental and economic) into their decision-making processes. The tool is web-based and should be used in conjunction with guidance, both of which are available at www.balancedvalue.com. This information paper describes the tool and explains it in the context of case studies and how it can be applied at three levels: entry, intermediate and expert.  IP6/06 

Better briefing means better buildings
Provides a framework, in the form of a checklist, to aid briefing. Suggests ways in which the early stages of building projects might be set up and carried out to ensure the project's satisfactory outcome for the client. BR95 

Better building – integrating the supply chain
There is growing awareness in the construction industry that the development of integrated supply chains and construction processess is potentially the means by which the industry will prosper in the 21st century. One of the principle mechanisms identified to achieve this goal is the early involvement of the supply chain in the construction process. This Digest describes the benefits to be obtained by implementing early involvement, gives guidance on how best to facilitate it and explains the methodology and tools required.  DG450 

Cleaning buildings: legislation and good practice
Cleaning buildings is an industrial process which should be handled by specialists. Often, though, general building operatives (and even householders) have attempted cleaning without understanding the health, safety and environmental implications. This Digests provides building owners, contractors, operatives, building designers and local authorities with advice on three important issues relevant to building cleaning (especially relating to health and safety): legislation, procedures and good practice, and discharging waste to the environment. DG448 

Getting it right
The main purpose of this guide to functionality in construction is to show how the ’functionality’ of construction products can add value to business, so that it can become an intrinsic part of both the decision to build and the briefing process. The guide shows clients of the construction industry and their suppliers the importance of functionality in ’construction’, where construction means all built facilities, including buildings and infrastructure. Functionality is about enabling things to happen, adding value to businesses and meeting personal aspirations. The guide includes details of steps which can be taken, and existing tools available, to enable functionality to be considered as part of the construction briefing process, and of the business review process. Clients include major repeat purchasers, small and occasional clients and property developers in both public and private sectors. Suppliers include architects, surveyors, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and building operators. BR452 

Handover of Office Building Operations protocol (HOBO)
There is presently no formal protocol for the preparation and handover of a building and its documentation. As a result, many buildings are not being properly handed over on practical completion. When this happens, it is likely that the building will be used inappropriately and inefficiently, leading to the dissatisfaction of its users and wasted energy resources. This Digest describes BRE's proposed new handover protocol – Handover of Office Buildings Operations (HOBO). It encourages handover to be seen as a process of many activities with emphasis on information exchange, training, demonstration and fine-tuning. DG474 

Lessons from UK PFI and Real Estate Partnerships
Large-scale outsourcing of public infrastructure through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) represents the most radical change in UK public procurement policy in the last ten years and has been extended into corporate real estate outsourcing through Real Estate Partnerships (REPs). Research by The College of Estate Management (funded by the Foundation for the Built Environment) shows that the successes and difficulties associated with PFI and REPs provide opportunities to learn from experience and translate best practice into future projects. FB6 

Lists of excluded materials: a change in practice
Explains the background to the use of lists of excluded materials in contract documents and gives examples of the negative effects such lists may have on clients. It then provides an alternative, positive approach to specification.  DG425 

Performance specifications for whole buildings
Looks at problems of defining and specifying building performance. It describes research into technical, procedural and administrative aspects, and reports work undertaken for other bodies. BR32 

Procurement, maintenance, site organisation and waste management pack
A valuable reference library of BRE Digests, Good Building Guides, Good Repair Guides and Information papers on procurement, maintenance, site organisation and waste management One of a series of 19 compilations of BRE expert guidance and advice and presented in an attractive ring binder for ease of use. Exceptional value. Features / Benefits Exceptional value 25 BRE publications compiled into a single binder Forms an easy to use library of key information and guidance Readership Construction professionals  AP262 

Repair it with effective partnering
Guide to contractual relationships for cost effective responsive maintenance Maintenance and refurbishment account for just over half the UK construction spend of £25 billion (excluding infrastructure), and much of this is spent on responsive maintenance and minor works. Only 32% is spent on making the repair. Partnering can help property owners simplify their administrative processes and achieve cost effective responsive maintenance by reducing response times. Repair it with effective partnering brings together knowledge shared by a group of project partners with experience of partnering relationships with their contractors. The guide examines the issues and identifies the key processes involved. It provides practical advice on how to manage these processes effectively and sets out the benefits of partnering. This guide is aimed at property owners with responsibility for maintaining property, in particular those who want to take advantage of the benefits of partnering. It considers value for money in public procurement, sets out European and UK procurement rules which form the context of the contractual arrangements and considers the application of existing forms of partnering contracts. A set of case studies illustrates successful client and contractor relationships and examines how probity, quality control and cost control are managed. BR484 

Study on whole life costing
Summarises the results of a study on the use of whole life costing by the construction industry. Over 900 representatives from a cross-section of industry stakeholders were surveyed. The objectives were to investigate: the state of the art; work carried out to date; information available; techniques used and participation; scope for use; barriers to adoption and opportunities for promotion; and focused areas of priority activities needed for a structured research and innovation programme. BR367 

The FAST approach
Value Management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication covers one of the fundamental techniques of the VM process, function analysis, and the Function Analysis Systems Technique (FAST). It also contains contact details for other organisations with information or tools available to support VM. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR399 

The Office Toolkit
Examines and evaluates the aspects of an 'office-based' business that have an environmental impact, not just the direct impacts of energy, water, paper usage and waste management, but also commuting, business travel and working from home. In all it provides a complete environmental assessment for your business or office. Spreadsheets (on a 3.5 inch disk) require Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3 software.  BR285 

The performance and costs-in-use of buildings
Describes the development of a new approach to the procurement, operation and management of buildings: the 'Performance and Cost Managed Building' (PCMB) approach, in which building performance and the associated costs-in-use are addressed consistently throughout building life. This report describes how PCMB is a significant step towards the provision of better buildings. BR277 

The value workshop
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication looks in more depth at one of the crucial elements of the VM process. It sets out practical guidance for those participating in a value workshop, which should bring together the key parties to decide how best to achieve value, and provides guidance for post-workshop tasks. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR397 

Value for social housing
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication focuses on the use of value management in the social housing sector. Housing associations and others in the public sector are now expected to implement best value policies as a matter of course. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR398 

Value from construction
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication introduces the principles and explains the benefits of value management and presents a brief overview of the processes. It also provides some useful case study material from a number of different building projects. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135.  BR396 

Value from construction
An essential guide to value management literature for the value management facilitator and researcher. BR333 

Value management
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. The four parts of this publication cover: Value from construction – getting started with value management, The value workshop – concise guidance on the value management workshop, Value for social housing – concise guidance for RSLs, their consultants and contractors and The FAST approach – function analysis and diagramming techniques. AP135 

Whole building commissioning
Approved Document L2 of the Building Regulations, for the Conservation of Fuel and Power in buildings other than dwellings, asks for building services systems including heating, lighting, mechanical ventilation and air conditioning, to be commissioned. The process involves drawing up a commissioning plan, carrying out commissioning so that the installed systems perform to the designer's specification, and the production of a certificate confirming that the commissioning has been carried out. The four parts are 1 A guide for clients, 2 A guide for designers, 3 A guide for specifiers, 4 A guide for facilities managers. IP8/04 

Achieving cost effective responsive maintenance
This Information Paper highlights some of the key findings of a study led by BRE, which brought together a group of project partners experienced in partnering relationships with their contractors. It examines some of the issues and processes involved in the partnering process.The full results of this study are published in Repair it with effective partnering: Guide to contractual relationships for cost effective responsive maintenance (see page 4 for details). IP14/05 

Achieving whole life value in infrastructure and buildings
This guide has been developed by experts to give stakeholders the means to unlocking Whole Life Value in infrastructure and building projects. It provides a clear understanding of the concepts and principles underlying the use and application of Whole Life Value. It considers key questions such as: * What is Whole Life Value? * Why think Whole Life Value? * Who are the stakeholders? * When should Whole Life Value be considered? * How can Whole life Value be achieved? The guide explains methods, techniques and tools to achieve Whole Life Value in planning, commissioning and maintaining assets such as schools, offices, highways and repair and maintenance schemes. The importance of considering the needs of a broader range of stakeholders than just those involved in the immediate decision-making process is also emphasised. The guide will help stakeholders select appropriate tools and challenge the barriers on how Whole Life Value is achieved in infrastructure and buildings. It includes four case studies, illustrating the application of WLV principles on a selection of projects: A value-based selection methodology for products and services for Home Group Ltd; Value for money from the Highways Agency - identifying the most cost-effective maintenance strategies, taking into account disruption caused by road works; The A303 Stonehenge Improvement - assessing various options for a bored tunnel; Whole Life Value profiling - building new schools under a PFI project. Annex 1 lists Key Whole Life Value drivers in the public sector - organisations, policy initiatives and procurement rules; Annex 2 lists publications, software, websites, and other tools that can help in achieving WLV.  BR476 

Applying facilities expertise in building design
Explains how facilities expertise can be more fully integrated into the design process. It is aimed both at facilities managers, to encourage them to take a more active part in projects, and at Building designers who need to be aware of key operational issues when setting design principles. Highlights potential solutions to many of the problems encountered and is based on issues that BIFM members identifed as of particular concern. BR425 

Balanced Value for sustainable procurement
Balanced Value is a tool for construction professionals who want to incorporate functional performance and "triple bottom-line" sustainability (social, environmental and economic) into their decision-making processes. The tool is web-based and should be used in conjunction with guidance, both of which are available at www.balancedvalue.com. This information paper describes the tool and explains it in the context of case studies and how it can be applied at three levels: entry, intermediate and expert.  IP6/06 

Better briefing means better buildings
Provides a framework, in the form of a checklist, to aid briefing. Suggests ways in which the early stages of building projects might be set up and carried out to ensure the project's satisfactory outcome for the client. BR95 

Better building – integrating the supply chain
There is growing awareness in the construction industry that the development of integrated supply chains and construction processess is potentially the means by which the industry will prosper in the 21st century. One of the principle mechanisms identified to achieve this goal is the early involvement of the supply chain in the construction process. This Digest describes the benefits to be obtained by implementing early involvement, gives guidance on how best to facilitate it and explains the methodology and tools required.  DG450 

Cleaning buildings: legislation and good practice
Cleaning buildings is an industrial process which should be handled by specialists. Often, though, general building operatives (and even householders) have attempted cleaning without understanding the health, safety and environmental implications. This Digests provides building owners, contractors, operatives, building designers and local authorities with advice on three important issues relevant to building cleaning (especially relating to health and safety): legislation, procedures and good practice, and discharging waste to the environment. DG448 

Getting it right
The main purpose of this guide to functionality in construction is to show how the ’functionality’ of construction products can add value to business, so that it can become an intrinsic part of both the decision to build and the briefing process. The guide shows clients of the construction industry and their suppliers the importance of functionality in ’construction’, where construction means all built facilities, including buildings and infrastructure. Functionality is about enabling things to happen, adding value to businesses and meeting personal aspirations. The guide includes details of steps which can be taken, and existing tools available, to enable functionality to be considered as part of the construction briefing process, and of the business review process. Clients include major repeat purchasers, small and occasional clients and property developers in both public and private sectors. Suppliers include architects, surveyors, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and building operators. BR452 

Handover of Office Building Operations protocol (HOBO)
There is presently no formal protocol for the preparation and handover of a building and its documentation. As a result, many buildings are not being properly handed over on practical completion. When this happens, it is likely that the building will be used inappropriately and inefficiently, leading to the dissatisfaction of its users and wasted energy resources. This Digest describes BRE's proposed new handover protocol – Handover of Office Buildings Operations (HOBO). It encourages handover to be seen as a process of many activities with emphasis on information exchange, training, demonstration and fine-tuning. DG474 

Lessons from UK PFI and Real Estate Partnerships
Large-scale outsourcing of public infrastructure through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) represents the most radical change in UK public procurement policy in the last ten years and has been extended into corporate real estate outsourcing through Real Estate Partnerships (REPs). Research by The College of Estate Management (funded by the Foundation for the Built Environment) shows that the successes and difficulties associated with PFI and REPs provide opportunities to learn from experience and translate best practice into future projects. FB6 

Lists of excluded materials: a change in practice
Explains the background to the use of lists of excluded materials in contract documents and gives examples of the negative effects such lists may have on clients. It then provides an alternative, positive approach to specification.  DG425 

Performance specifications for whole buildings
Looks at problems of defining and specifying building performance. It describes research into technical, procedural and administrative aspects, and reports work undertaken for other bodies. BR32 

Procurement, maintenance, site organisation and waste management pack
A valuable reference library of BRE Digests, Good Building Guides, Good Repair Guides and Information papers on procurement, maintenance, site organisation and waste management One of a series of 19 compilations of BRE expert guidance and advice and presented in an attractive ring binder for ease of use. Exceptional value. Features / Benefits Exceptional value 25 BRE publications compiled into a single binder Forms an easy to use library of key information and guidance Readership Construction professionals  AP262 

Repair it with effective partnering
Guide to contractual relationships for cost effective responsive maintenance Maintenance and refurbishment account for just over half the UK construction spend of £25 billion (excluding infrastructure), and much of this is spent on responsive maintenance and minor works. Only 32% is spent on making the repair. Partnering can help property owners simplify their administrative processes and achieve cost effective responsive maintenance by reducing response times. Repair it with effective partnering brings together knowledge shared by a group of project partners with experience of partnering relationships with their contractors. The guide examines the issues and identifies the key processes involved. It provides practical advice on how to manage these processes effectively and sets out the benefits of partnering. This guide is aimed at property owners with responsibility for maintaining property, in particular those who want to take advantage of the benefits of partnering. It considers value for money in public procurement, sets out European and UK procurement rules which form the context of the contractual arrangements and considers the application of existing forms of partnering contracts. A set of case studies illustrates successful client and contractor relationships and examines how probity, quality control and cost control are managed. BR484 

Study on whole life costing
Summarises the results of a study on the use of whole life costing by the construction industry. Over 900 representatives from a cross-section of industry stakeholders were surveyed. The objectives were to investigate: the state of the art; work carried out to date; information available; techniques used and participation; scope for use; barriers to adoption and opportunities for promotion; and focused areas of priority activities needed for a structured research and innovation programme. BR367 

The FAST approach
Value Management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication covers one of the fundamental techniques of the VM process, function analysis, and the Function Analysis Systems Technique (FAST). It also contains contact details for other organisations with information or tools available to support VM. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR399 

The Office Toolkit
Examines and evaluates the aspects of an 'office-based' business that have an environmental impact, not just the direct impacts of energy, water, paper usage and waste management, but also commuting, business travel and working from home. In all it provides a complete environmental assessment for your business or office. Spreadsheets (on a 3.5 inch disk) require Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3 software.  BR285 

The performance and costs-in-use of buildings
Describes the development of a new approach to the procurement, operation and management of buildings: the 'Performance and Cost Managed Building' (PCMB) approach, in which building performance and the associated costs-in-use are addressed consistently throughout building life. This report describes how PCMB is a significant step towards the provision of better buildings. BR277 

The value workshop
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication looks in more depth at one of the crucial elements of the VM process. It sets out practical guidance for those participating in a value workshop, which should bring together the key parties to decide how best to achieve value, and provides guidance for post-workshop tasks. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR397 

Value for social housing
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication focuses on the use of value management in the social housing sector. Housing associations and others in the public sector are now expected to implement best value policies as a matter of course. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135. BR398 

Value from construction
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. This publication introduces the principles and explains the benefits of value management and presents a brief overview of the processes. It also provides some useful case study material from a number of different building projects. One in a series of four titles available as a set, reference AP135.  BR396 

Value from construction
An essential guide to value management literature for the value management facilitator and researcher. BR333 

Value management
Value management is a creative, problem-solving process that uses a methodical approach to include the necessary parties and, working together, achieve the best solutions for value from construction. The four parts of this publication cover: Value from construction – getting started with value management, The value workshop – concise guidance on the value management workshop, Value for social housing – concise guidance for RSLs, their consultants and contractors and The FAST approach – function analysis and diagramming techniques. AP135 

Whole building commissioning
Approved Document L2 of the Building Regulations, for the Conservation of Fuel and Power in buildings other than dwellings, asks for building services systems including heating, lighting, mechanical ventilation and air conditioning, to be commissioned. The process involves drawing up a commissioning plan, carrying out commissioning so that the installed systems perform to the designer's specification, and the production of a certificate confirming that the commissioning has been carried out. The four parts are 1 A guide for clients, 2 A guide for designers, 3 A guide for specifiers, 4 A guide for facilities managers. IP8/04