IHBC CPD boost, on ‘planned preventative maintenance’ (PPM) and technology, from construction’s mainstream and via DBW

person on constrcution building elevatorDesigning Buildings Wiki (DBW), IHBC’s partner platform in our Conservation Wiki, has highlighted to its 10,000 registered users a recent take on mainstream construction practice in ‘planned preventative maintenance (PPM) and technology’ that may offer useful CPD insights to IHBC members less familiar with these processes. 

image: DBW

DBW posts:

Delivering cost efficiency requires a detailed understanding of the building’s lifecycle (including its current and projected usage) and its structureplant and other components.

An understanding of the building owner and/or manager’s intentions (eg long-term plans for refurbishment or sale), and those of each tenant, combine to create a comprehensive understanding of need.

The opposite of reactive repairs, PPM is essentially a strategic approach which, through ongoing surveillance and maintenance, can substantially reduce large, unexpected costs, emergency call-out charges and downtime during repair work.

A comprehensive PPM schedule ensures that any changes made to a building take note of any obvious issues in relation to statutory requirements. This includes identifying the provision and means of escapedisability accessenergy and health and safety issues, drawing-up reports, with action followed through as necessary…

For example, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard Regulations (MEES) were implemented in 2018. It is now illegal for new leases to be granted, or existing leases renewed, on commercial properties in England and Wales with an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of F or G. While the new MEES Regulations caused initial concern in the property world, they demonstrate how an upfront approach to sustainability can result in longer-term cost savings through work such as including insulation and more energy-efficient mechanical and electrical installations….

So, PPM is at the heart of good business practice as well as good property management. 

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