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GUIDANCE UPDATE

Find out about selected guidance and standards impacting buildings and building services from BSRIA’s ‘at-a-glance’ checklist since January 2018.

Supporting BSRIA's Legislation Update service, a complementary guidance tracker has been developed to highlight selected documents that have been published in support of specific pieces of legislation and regulation. These documents typically provide one or more of the following:

  • an introduction to the subject area
  • advice on regulatory compliance
  • advice or amendment on processes

This page was last updated on 19/09/2019. This tracker will be updated regularly.

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BUILDINGS - BUILDING DESIGN

TM60 Good Practice in the Design of Homes.

Published March 2018. CIBSE

This Technical Memorandum (TM) aims to help building services engineers and other professionals working on the planning, design and construction of homes to:
1) understand and demonstrate good practiceunderstand the
2) relevant guidance, tools and other resources available.

BSI: BS EN ISO 19650-1 and ISO 19650-2.
Due to be published in November 2018, BSI.
The first international BIM standard comprising of ISO 19650-1 and ISO 19650-2 is set to be published in November 2018.

BIM Standard BS EN ISO 19650-2 National Annex Part 2 BS EN ISO 19650-2.
Due to be published 2018, BSI

Standard Building Design ISO 19650-1 and ISO 19650-2 will be the first international standards for building information modelling (BIM), and are set to be published in November 2018. They were subject to consultation between 17 February and 16 April 2017.

Beyond BIM: Knowledge management for a smarter built environment. Knowledge management for a smart built environment.
Published 2018, BRE

This book describes these new directions by drawing on research from more than 40 collaborative research projects over the last 25 years. Recommendations and practical advice are offered regarding the design and implementation of information models, intelligent components and surrounding system architectures, to enable the delivery of more intelligent built environments.

BIM Level 2: Guidance for Architects. Published 28th February 2018
Published 2018, RIBA

The publication offers a simple introduction to the core BIM Level 2 standards from RIBA.

Standard 209-2018 -- Energy Simulation Aided Design for Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (ANSI Approved)
Published on April 24th, 2018, ASHRAE

ASHRAE Standard 209 describes a methodology to apply building energy modeling to the design. The standard was created to define reliable and consistent procedures that advance the use of timely energy modeling to quantify the impact of design decisions at the point in time at which they are being made.

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BUILDINGS - BUILDING REGULATIONS

Updated Party Wall guidance includes in-depth section on professional conduct
Published in August 2019, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has published the 7th edition of their Party Wall Legislation and Procedure guidance note, providing information for RICS members regarding the Party Wall etc Act 1996 (PWA 1996) and when it may be relevant, as well as the procedures to follow when PWA 1996 does apply. This edition of the guidance includes an in-depth section on professional conduct as well as draft letters, draft notices and updated suggested draft award. The guidance note is effective three months from the date of publication

Amended Building Regulations Approved Document L1B and Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide
Updated 5th April 2018, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

This is the accompanying compliance guide to the 2018 amendments to the Building Regulations Approved Dcoument L1B. It describes the changes in L1B and advice on compliance.

Construction product regulations
Guidance on EU Construction Products Regulation and CE marking, including UK product contact point for construction products.
Published 1st July 2013 and still current, UK Government

This Government website explains how to place CE marking on your product, how to identify UK requirements relating to construction products, and how to apply to be a UK Notified Body or Technical Assessment Body.

European Union: Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 - construction products.
Published 9th March 2011, European Union.

This EU Regulation lays down guidance on construction products by establishing harmonised rules on how to express the performance of construction products in relation to their essential characteristics and on the use of CE marking on those products.

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BUILDING - PLANNING

Updated Guidance on preservation of historic environments (including buildings and assets)
Published on 10th April 2014 and updated on 23rd July 2019, MHCLG, UK Government

The Guidance advises on enhancing and conserving the historic environment. The terminology 'historic environment' is taken to mean archaeological, architectural, artistic or historic in this context.

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BUILDINGS - CONTRACTS

Cash retentions on construction projects.
Published on 21st June 2019, BUILD UK


Build UK has published detailed guidance to its members on the use of cash retentions on construction projects, which includes amendments to the JCT and NEC standard form contracts to ensure that they comply with ‘minimum standards.’

Standard form construction contracts
Launched on 25th June 2019, FIDIC

FIDIC has published a short guide called 'FIDIC's Golden Principles', which set out the essential characteristics of its general conditions of contracts. FIDIC advises that the essential characteristics of its standard form construction contracts should not be amended if the contract is to be regarded as a FIDIC contract.

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BUILDINGS - COMMISSIONING (POST COMMISSIONING, PRE COMMISSION, PROJECT MANAGEMENT)

At your services – What to expect during commissioning
Published on 14th May 2019, NHBC / BSRIA

A joint publication between NHBC and BSRIA on commissioning that helps site managers oversee the many commissioning activities that are important to a smooth build programme and delivering high quality homes for home buyers.

Guideline 1.3 -2018. Building operations and maintenance training for the HVAC&R commissioning process.
Published 2018, ASHRAE

Guideline 1.3 provides methodologiesand formats for developing training plans, conducting training programs, anddocumenting training results for the operation and maintenance of buildingHVAC&R systems during the Commissioning (Cx) Process.

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BUILDINGS - ENERGY EFFICIENCY (AND LOW CARBON, CLIMATE CHANGE AND GREEN BUILDING)

Updated Guidance on fluorinated gases (F gas) and ozone-depleting substances (ODS).
Published 8th August 2019, UK Government, DEFRA

This has been prepared to help stakeholders in case the UK leaves the EU without a deal in place. Further new and updated guidance may be issued depending on the precise terms upon which the UK leaves the EU.

UKGBC: Framework for net zero carbon buildings
Published April 2019. UK Green Building Council

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has published a new framework for the UK construction and property industry that aims to help transition new and existing buildings to become net zero carbon by 2050—in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

Circular economy guidance for construction clients: How to practically apply circular economy principles at the project brief stage
Published on 4th April 2019. UK Green Building Council

This guides helps organisations to include more ambitious circular design and construction best practices in project briefs for non-domestic projects.

Achieving sustainable drainage
Published on January 2019. Construction Industry Council; Landscape Institute

A report shows that the delivery of sustainable drainage in England is currently a long way behind the ambition. Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) are an important way of managing surface water runoff in built developments.

OFGEM: Ofgem consolidates ECO2t guidance.
Published on 1st October 2018. OFGEM
Ofgem has published guidance specifying the documentation that applies to all Energy Company Obligation 2017–2018 (ECO2t) measures installed between 1 April 2017 and 30 September 2018.

UK Green Building Council: Sustainable Innovation Manual
Published on 30th August 2018. UK Green Building Council.

The manual contains a step-by-step guide designed to help built environment professionals. Read more here.

Building our new energy future
Published August 2018. ASHRAE.

This document is intended to explain the issues and terminology, as well as the challenges and opportunities, associated with changes underway in the electricity sector that affect buildings professionals.

ISO 50001 Energy management systems
Published 22nd August 2018. BSI.

Energy ISO 50001 helps organizations use energy more efficiently and integrate better energy management into business strategy. It does this by outlining how to implement and maintain an energy management system (EnMS) that continually improves the organization’s energy performance and saves money.

Guidance published on monitoring ECO2t
Published on 30th January 2018 , OFGEM

"An extension to the obligation period for ECO2 was established under The Electricity and Gas (Energy Company Obligation) (Amendment) Order 2017. The extension to the obligation period runs from 1 April 2017 to 30 September 2018 and is referred to as ECO2t.
This document provides guidance on how OFGEM will administer the ECO scheme in line with the new ECO2t requirements for measures installed from 1 April 2017."

Whole life carbon assessment for architects.
Published 14th February 2018, RIBA.

This paper introduces architects to carbon assessment in the built environment and its application through the RIBA work stages. It makes the case for architects’ role in reducing carbon emissions to mitigate climate change, explains the key concepts of embodied and whole life carbon and recommends the use of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) methodology for undertaking whole life carbon assessments (RICS Whole life carbon assessment for the built environment professional statement).

BS ISO 18523-2:2018. Energy performance of buildings. Schedule and condition of building, zone and space usage for energy calculation. Residential buildings
Published March 2018, BSI

Specifies the formats to present the schedule and conditions of zone and space usage (referred to as input data of energy calculations) for residential buildings.
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BUILDING - ENERGY EFFICIENCY (building overheating)

New tool and guidance to help mitigate overheating risks in new homes
Published July 2019, Good Homes Alliance

GHA launch a new tool and accompanying guidance which aims to help planners and design teams identify and mitigate overheating risks in new homes at an early stage.

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BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE (Fabric)

Applying Project 13: New Arup guidance on value creation in capital projects
Published on 20th August 2019, ARUP

Arup announces practical guidance for infrastructure owners looking to apply the principles of Project 13 – the industry-led response launched by The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to improve the delivery and management of high-performing infrastructure

BS 1924-1:2018. Hydraulically bound and stabilized materials for civil engineering purposes. Sampling, sample preparation and testing of materials before treatment
Published March 2018, British Standards.

This is Part 1 of a two-part British Standard that has been comprehensively revised and fully updated. This part deals with general requirements, sample preparation and preliminary testing of stabilization materials used in the construction sector.

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BUILDING SERVICES - BUILDING MAINTENANCE (facilities management)

Strategic FM Framework.
Published 18th April 2018, RICS

This guidance note is intended to set out current good practice in the strategic planning of FM to formulate the delivery of facilities services which achieve optimum value and contribution to the organisation that FM supports.

Knowledge Series KS21: Competency and competency management systems in facilities management.
Published December 2017, CIBSE

This guide provides an understanding of competence and competency, focusing on the management of building engineering systems in operational buildings.

Digital systems and technology in infrastructure
13th February 2018, RICS

This guidance note sets out how digital systems are commercially managed from the procurement and implementation phases through to their operational, maintenance and whole life cycle management within infrastructure assets.

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ENERGY MANAGEMENT (controls, BEMS, BAS and other technology)

Energy storage in buildings - a technology overview
Published February 2018, BSRIA

This guide provides an illustrated overview of the many options available for energy storage in buildings, including thermal and electrical energy storage. It discusses the attributes of these systems and their suitability in different applications.

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FIRE PROTECTION

CIBSE Guide E Fire Safety Engineering 2019
Published June 2019

The third edition has been updated throughout to include BS9999 and other recent developments. The editorial has been fully revised to take into account new knowledge and latest techniques.

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GAS

OFGEM consolidates ECO2t guidance
Published on 1st October 2018
Ofgem has published guidance specifying the documentation that applies to all Energy Company Obligation 2017–2018 (ECO2t) measures installed between 1 April 2017 and 30 September 2018.

OFGEM Renewables Obligation: Guidance for suppliers
Published on 23rd May 2018
This document update the 2015 version and provides guidance for all GB and NI licensed electricity suppliers under the Renewables Obligation. It explains what licensed electricity suppliers need to do in order to comply with the Renewables Obligation.

IGEM/GL/2 - Planning of transmission and storage systems

Published March 2018, IGEM

This Standard is designed to provide guidance on the planning of Natural Gas distribution systems so that continuity of gas supply is maintained to consumers at sufficient pressure.

IGEM/GL/4 - Gas system assets – risk management
Published March 2018, IGEM

This standard specifies requirements for risk management of assets associated with gas systems.

IGE/GM/4 - Flowmetering practices (> 38 bar and < 100 bar)
Published March 2018, IGEM

These procedures give guidance on the design and usage of high accuracy meter installations of piped Natural Gas in a specific pressure range, such as compressor stations.

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HEATING

Financing heat networks
30th August 2018, UK Government (BEIS)

New guidance on the risks and opportunities relating to financing heat networks in the UK has been published. The publication focuses on the issues, risks and opportunities around financing heat networks in the UK, supporting the move to a self-sustaining heat network market.

Renewables Obligation: Guidance for suppliers
28th March 2018, OFGEM

This document provides guidance for all GB and NI licensed electricity suppliers under the Renewables Obligation. It explains what licensed electricity suppliers need to do in order to comply with the Renewables Obligation.

Residential Heat Recovery Ventilation
2018, REHVA / EUROVENT

REHVA and Eurovent have released their guidebook on heat recovery ventilation. It includes the latest ventilation technology and knowledge about the ventilation system performance, intended to be used by HVAC designers, consultants, contractors, and other practitioners.

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LIGHTING

LH2018 SLL Lighting Handbook
November 2018, CIBSE

The first edition of the SLL Lighting Handbook was produced in 2009 to celebrate the centenary of the Society of Light and Lighting. It was well received by our members and the wider international lighting community and so it was decided to create an expanded edition to build on its success.

CCL Commissioning Code L: Lighting
January 2018, CIBSE

The Code advises on the stages required to commission lighting installations, which may include luminaires, emergency luminaires, lighting controls and interfaces with other services.

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REFRIGERATION

Safety Code of Practice for Ammonia Refrigerant R717
Published in 2018, IOR
The publication provides essential industry guidance for owners, designers, installers and operators of vapour compression refrigerating systems that use ammonia refrigerant. It covers properties of refrigerants, decommissioning, testing and maintenance as well as design issues with useful appendices such as typical schedules for inspection and maintenance, system register details, machinery rooms, definitions and an updated list of relevant standards. The Code has been prepared by the IOR Technical Committee as a reference source and guide to interpretation of current safety standards such as BS EN378:2016 and legal requirements such as PED, PSSR and PUWER.

Stop installing R404A and R-507A
Published February 2018, BESA

Joint industry brochure on low GWP refrigerants - alerting RACHP contractors on the need to stop installing R-404A and R-507A to stay in business in the context of the HFC phase-down resulting from the F-Gas Regulation.

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WATER SUPPLY AND WATER TREATMENT

Control of legionella and other infectious agents in spa-pool systems.
Published January 2018 (printed 22nd March 2018.)

This guidance, which supersedes the joint HSE-HPA publication, Management of Spa Pools: Controlling the Risks of Infection, is primarily for those who manage or operate spa-pool systems and explains how to manage and control the risks from legionella and other infectious agents.


Urban water systems management: A data analytics approach
Published April 2018, BRE

This publication proposes an intelligent solution using the Internet of Things, AI, and the semantic web, to achieve an efficient and scaleable use of large scale data in urban water systems.

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PIPES AND DUCTWORK

BS EN ISO 11297-1:2018. Plastics piping systems for renovation of underground drainage and sewerage networks under pressure. There are four parts to this series.
Published February 2018, BSI

Plastics piping systems for renovation of underground drainage and sewerage networks under pressure. There are four parts: part 1: general; part 2: lining with continuous pipes; 3) lining with close fit pipes; and 4) lining with cured-in-place pipes.

BS EN ISO 11298-1:2018 Plastics piping systems for renovation of underground water supply networks. Parts 1-3
Published April 2018, BSI

Plastics piping systems for renovation of underground water supply networks. Part 1 : general; Part 2: covers lining with continuous pipes

BS EN ISO 11296-1:2018. Plastics piping systems for renovation of underground non-pressure drainage and sewerage networks. Parts 1 to 7
Published April 2018, BSI

Plastics piping systems for renovation of underground non-pressure drainage and sewerage networks.

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VENTILATION

The REHVA and Eurovent Guidebook “No.25: Residential Heat Recovery Ventilation”
Published 31st May 2018

The authors of this guidebook have tried to include all information and calculation bases needed to design, size, install, commission and maintain heat recovery ventilation properly.

BS EN 14511-1:2018. (Parts 1-4) Air conditioners, liquid chilling packages and heat pumps for space heating and cooling and process chillers, with electrically driven compressors
Published March 2018. BSI

Air conditioners, liquid chilling packages and heat pumps for space heating and cooling and process chillers, with electrically driven compressors. Part 1: Terms and definitions; part 2: test conditions; part 3: test methods; part 4: requirements.

DW172 Specification for kitchen ventilation systems
Published January 2018. BESA

Specification for Kitchen Ventilation Systems reflects current legislations and the latest cooking techniques and design of catering equipment, by all sections of the catering industry


ASHRAE Guideline 16-2018 -- Selecting Outdoor, Return, and Relief Dampers for Air-Side Economizer Systems▹
Published 2018. ASHRAE

The guideline provides the basis for selecting and sizing control dampers (outdoor, return and relief) commonly found in constant-air-volume (CAV) and variable-air-volume (VAV) air-handling units (AHU) and systems with air-side economizers.

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BUILDING SERVICES - ENVIRONMENT

BREEAM UK New Construction

Published 7th March 2018. BRE

BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It recognises and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction to in-use and refurbishment. BREEAM does this through third party certification of the assessment of an asset’s environmental, social and economic sustainability performance, using standards developed by BRE. This means BREEAM rated developments are more sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them, help protect natural resources and make for more attractive property investments.

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BUILDING SERVICES - CARBON

Whole life carbon assessment for architects.
Published 14th February 2018, RIBA

This paper introduces architects to carbon assessment in the built environment and its application through the RIBA work stages. It makes the case for architects’ role in reducing carbon emissions to mitigate climate change, explains the key concepts of embodied and whole life carbon and recommends the use of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) methodology for undertaking whole life carbon assessments (RICS Whole life carbon assessment for the built environment professional statement).

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BUILDING SERVICES - RENEWABLES

Solar shading of buildings: Second edition (BR 364)
5th January 2018. BRE

This report describes the commonly used shading devices and some new developments. It gives the advantages and disadvantages of each kind of shading device.

Renewables Obligation: Guidance for suppliers
28th March 2018, OFGEM

This document provides guidance for all GB and NI licensed electricity suppliers under the Renewables Obligation. It explains what licensed electricity suppliers need to do in order to comply with the Renewables Obligation.

Resources and waste strategy for England.

A new policy document for dealing with waste resources and recycling has been produced by the UK Government. This strategy sets out the UK Government's strategy to preserve material resources by minimising waste, promoting resource efficiency and moving towards a circular economy in England.

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HEALTH AND SAFETY

HSE Health and Safety Essentials for owners and those responsible for workplace hazards. Published 16th February 2018

Guidance for small businesses on managing the basics of health and safety in organisations.

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HEALTH AND SAFETY - DANGEROUS, HAZARDOUS OR RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

Regulating the geological disposal of radioactive waste: environmental protection

The EA has published guidance on its role in the development and regulation of a geological disposal facility for radioactive waste.
Published 18th September 2018, HSE

L121 Working with ionising radiation. Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017. Approved Code of Practice and guidance. (Second edition).

Published 1st January 2018, HSE

This Approved Code of Practice and guidance will help employers comply with their duties under the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017, which came into force on 1 January 2018.

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HEALTH AND SAFETY - FIRE ENGINEERING

CIBSE Guide E Fire Safety Engineering 2019
Published June 2019

The third edition has been updated throughout to include BS9999 and other recent developments. The editorial has been fully revised to take into account new knowledge and latest techniques.

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HEALTH AND SAFETY - GAS SAFETY

IGEM/GL/4 - Gas system assets – risk management
Published March 2018, IGEM

This standard specifies requirements for risk management of assets associated with gas systems.

HSE Safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances: Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 approved code of practice and guidance 5th ed.
Amendment published 1st May 2018

L56 Legislation series L56 / L 56. This Approved Code of Practice and guidance gives practical advice on the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations. It is for anyone who may have a duty under the Regulations, including those who install, service, maintain or repair gas appliances and other gas fittings.

HSE: Landlords. A guide to landlords’ duties: Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 as amended.
Amendment published 18th April 2018.

This leaflet is aimed at landlords and explains some of the main requirements of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 as amended by the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018.

BS ISO 20475:2018. Gas cylinders. Cylinder bundles. Periodic inspection and testing
Published February 2018. BSI

Gas cylinders. Cylinder bundles. Periodic inspection and testing


BS EN ISO 11363. Gas Cylinders. Series 1-2
Published January 2918. BSI

This document specifies dimensions and tolerances for taper screw threads of nominal diameter 17,4 mm (designated as 17E) and 25,8 mm (designated as 25E) used for the connection of valves to gas cylinders.


BS EN 12480:2018. Gas meters. Rotary displacement gas meters
Published January 2918. BSI

Gas meters. Rotary displacement gas meters

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HEALTH AND SAFETY - PRESSURE SYSTEMS AND EQUIPMENT


PD 5500:2018. Specification for unfired fusion welded pressure vessels
Published January 2018

PD 5500 is the UK’s unfired pressure vessels code. This new edition marks the start of a new three-year publishing cycle in which an amendment will be produced each September:

Amendment 1 is planned for September 2018
Amendment 2 will come out in September 2019
The final amendment, amendment 3, will be published in September 2020

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HEALTH AND SAFETY - Swimming Pools

Health and safety in swimming pools. Health and safety guidance HSG179 / HSG 179.
Published on 21st February 2018

This is the fourth edition of Managing health and safety in swimming pools (first published as Safety in swimming pools). The revision brings the guidance up to date with changes in health and safety law and new developments in relation to equipment and facilities. It has been co-written with stakeholders from across the leisure industry to set out the measures to take to reduce risks and comply with the law.

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TYPES OF BUILDING

TYPES OF BUILDING - ANCIENT MONUMENTS

BS EN 16893:2018. Conservation of Cultural Heritage. Specifications for location, construction and modification of buildings or rooms intended for the storage or use of heritage collections
February 2018, BSI

This Standard is about how best to construct buildings and spaces that are intended to conserve heritage collections.

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INFORMATION MANAGEMENT - DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

Digital systems and technology in infrastructure
13th February 2018

This guidance note sets out how digital systems are commercially managed from the procurement and implementation phases through to their operational, maintenance and whole life cycle management within infrastructure assets.

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INFORMATION MANAGEMENT - DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

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HOUSING
Planning, renting, statistics

UK Government. Housing 'how to' guides
June 2018 - May 2019

Following on from its consultation last year on how to improve the home buying and selling process in England and Wales, the Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government has published ‘how to’ guides on buying and selling a home.

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