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Soft Landing Advisory

Soft Landing Advisory

The Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) has identified many shortfalls in highprofile, sustainably designed buildings across the world. It was found that they result in excessive energy use and occupant discomfort, which was attributed to a variety of causes, including the following:

  • Systems that are over-complex, so users are unable to understand how to operate them
  • Contractors not fully understanding the basis of the design from the design team
  • Systems not being commissioned properly
  • Changes in personnel during the design / construction process resulting in information not being passed on or understood correctly
  • Changes made to systems by tenants not aware of the design basis
  • Changes in occupancy being made without the relevant building/ system changes required

These issues also apply to many other buildings, but the impact was greater in high-profile ‘sustainable’ buildings. As a result, it was recommended that a ‘soft landings’ approach should be adopted, consisting of the design and construction team involvement, along with the client or end user continuing their involvement for a period of 12–24 months after handover, to ensure the building operation matches that of the design or that, if required, modifications can be made.