Designing 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.
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 escape, disability access, energy 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….