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FM and maintenance - latest information from BSRIAApril 2007

The abstracts below show a selection of the latest FM and maintenance information held in the BSRIA library and freely available to BSRIA Members.

An approach to investigate and remedy thermal-comfort problems in buildings
Budaiwi I M.
Bldg. Environ., May 2007, vol. 42, no. 5, 2124-2131, 2 figs., 16 refs
Introduces an approach through which thermal comfort problems can be assessed, identified and treated in a systematic way without utilising unnecessary resources or time. Stated that the approach can be helpful to buildings'' operators and facility managers when dealing with thermal-comfort problems.

Internet Protocol: An introductory guide
Holden J., Building Research Establishment
BRE, 2007, Information Paper IP 1/07, 8pp, figs, sp
Considers issues such as the security and reliability of Internet Protocol (IP) communication, and factors which should be considered before embarking on the implementation of fully integrated IP based services.

Sustainable practice for the facilities manager
Shah S.
Blackwell Publishing, 2007, 317pp., figs., tabs, 69.059.1
Shows how to implement a sustainability strategy in properties across different sectors including offices, retail and manufacturing. Explains the facilities manager''s role in incorporating sustainability into the whole lifecycle of a building - from initial briefing to final disposal. Covers policy and trends on global, European and UK levels affecting businesses; compliance requirements for organisations - including some sector-specific areas; and best practice, with good and bad case studies showing the business benefits of incorporating sustainable practice into day-to-day activities.

Wireless networks for building automation
Davis Langdon Mott Green Wall
Bldg. Serv. J. CIBSE, January 2007, vol. 29, no. 1, 50-52, 4 figs, 1 tab
Reviews the latest available wireless technology for building management systems together with its current and potential ranges of application, benefits and costs. Includes a tabulated cost comparison of traditional wired LAN installation with wireless mesh networks.

A rule-based fault detection method for air handling units
Schein J., Bushby S T., et al.
Energy and Bldgs., December 2006, vol. 38, no. 12, 1485-1492, 8 figs., 1 tab., 11 refs
Examines the performance of the fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) method APAR (air handling unit performance assessment rules) in detecting commonly found mechanical and control faults under a variety of weather conditions, systems types, and usage patterns. Evaluates the feasibility of embedding FDD in commercial HVAC controllers.

Facilities management legal update 2007
Faux L ed.
Workplace Law, 2006, 136pp, 69.059
Provides a guide to recent legislation that affects the facilities management business. Topics covered include: asbestos, building regulations, CDM, fire, security, and WEEE.

Opportunity knocks
Sims B.
Security Mgmnt. Today, December 2006, 33-34
Examines the case for integrating sophisticated security systems with other building controls. Looks at the approach taken at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Digital technology improves the ability to network with other systems including the office PC.

Generating failure codes for CMMS implementation
Keeter W.
Maintenance and Asset Mgmnt., Winter 2006, vol. 21, no. 4, 35-39, 5 figs 4 tabs
Explores how to use Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) or Equipment Functional analysis methods to generate useful failure codes. Seen as an important part of a Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) it can provide useful information for maintenance improvement. However often the failure codes are not well devised and in many instances maintenance personnel are asked to make a judgment about the root causes of failures when it is impossible for them to have the information they need at the time failure codes are entered.

Innovation in facilities management
Puybaraud M., et al.
Essentialfm report 62, November/December 2006, 16pp
A series of seven articles dealing with innovation applied to facilities management. The subjects span from first principles, best practice and case histories.

Courting disaster
Davies G.
Facilities Mgmnt. J., October 2006, vol. 14, no. 10, 26-27
Reviews the legal case following the outbreak of Legionnaires ' disease in Barrow when a facilities manager was heavily fined for health and safety infringements. Examines the lessons to be learnt and the importance of proper risk assessment and formal annual reviews.

Performance measuring
Jones K., Carder P., et al.
Essentialfm report 61, October 2006, 24pp 15 figs, 13 refs
A series of ten articles dealing with performance measurement. Includes first principles, best practice and case studies for using performance management in a positive way.

Innovation in facilities maintenance management
Pitt M., Goyal S., et al.
Bldg. Serv. Engng. Res. Tech., 2006, vol. 27, no. 2, 153-164, 6 figs., 19 refs
Highlights the function and the implications of a strategic maintenance management system in relation to building maintenance performance. Examines the technical and management functions in building maintenance and highlights the issues of quality management, contract management, resourcing strategy and the innovation processes required in the organisational drive towards effective and efficient maintenance management systems.

Guide to project management in the construction industry
British Standards Institution
BSI, PD 6079 - 4:2006, 74pp, figs, tabs, refs, sp
A guide to project management in the construction industry. Deals with the construction process from inception to handover of the completed facility to the owner, occupier or operator. Also applicable to projects involving the maintenance, repair, refurbishment, decommissioning and demolition of existing facilities.

Facility Management. Part 2: Guidance on how to prepare Facility Management agreements
European Standard
BSI, EN 15221 - 2:2006, 42pp, tabs, sp
Provides guidance on the preparation of agreements for facility management work.

Essential tasks must be programmed effectively
Lam K C.
Health Estate J., February 2007, vol. 61, no. 2, 29-34, 5 figs, 3 refs.
Explains how to create and implement a successful maintenance programme to achieve better operation and maintenance of engineering services in modern highly serviced hospital buildings.

Lift safety must ascend to highest levels
Reid E.
Health Estate J., February 2007, vol. 61, no. 2, 41-42.
Discusses the key areas of lift safety that should be addressed by Health Estate Managers. Highlights the need for detailed and thorough examinations, appropriate maintenance, as well as levelling and associated trip hazards.

Don 't shoot the duct cleaner!
Wall I.
Heat. Vent. Rev., February 2007, vol. 46, no. 4, p32.
Discusses the issues relating to ductwork cleaning and offers pointers as to how it should be done and why. Five check points are given to establish a good cleaning regime. Reference is made to HVCA accredited ductwork cleaning companies and the guidelines of TR19.

Critical lifts
Booty F.
Premises and Facilities Mgmnt., January 2007, 18-19.
Reports on the strategy adopted by Royal Mail to reduce the operational costs and reactive workload of managing more than 500 lifts within its asset portfolio. There has been a 50% reduction in breakdowns and planned maintenance costs were also reduced by over 50% in the same period with no lessening of service.

Focus on consequences
McLaughlin W.
Premises and Facilities Mgmnt., January 2007, 20-21.
Considers how maintenance cannot only keep equipment in the same condition but can improve it. Air condition systems suffered last year from high summer temperatures and extra loads caused breakdowns. Reliability centred maintenance focuses on the function rather than the equipment and defines failure as any unsatisfactory condition.

Work with materials containing asbestos. Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. Approved Code of Practice and guidance
Health Safety Commission
HSE, L143, 2006, 100pp.
This publication applies to all work with asbestos and explains the requirements of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. The guidance applies in particular to work on, or which disturbs or is liable to disturb, materials containing asbestos, asbestos sampling and laboratory analysis.

Study verifies coil cleaning saves energy
Montgomery R D Baker R.
ASHRAE J., November 2006, vol. 48, no. 11, 34-36, 4 figs.
Demonstrates a methodology and regimen for maintaining air-handler components, that will save energy and improve dehumidification and comfort with less mould and bacteria. The study was carried out in a 34 floor building on Times Square, New York City, which has only four large air handlers to service 1.2 million sq ft of air-conditioned and heated space throughout the year. 

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