Most businesses are unaware that building logbooks are a legal requirement, both in new buildings and in existing buildings where significant changes have been made.
When extensive work is carried out on non-domestic buildings, such as retrofitting, Part L of the EPBD states "a log book should be prepared or updated as necessary to provide the appropriate details of the replacement controlled service or fitting."
A building logbook will improve the quality and access to information for Facilities Managers (FMs) or others responsible for managing buildings, enabling them to improve the operation of their building, such as air conditioning systems. They provide a one stop place to record on-going energy performance, which will help you to improve your energy efficiency and save money. Such information will improve the understanding, management and operation of buildings resulting in lower costs and reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This will also contribute to improved comfort, employee satisfaction and productivity.
The Buiding Log book will give you easy access to information on the design, commissioning and energy consumption of your building and enable fine tuning of the building with consequent improvements in energy efficiency. The log book will also provide information about any metering strategy implemented and on the scope for monitoring and benchmarking energy consumption.
For example, where air conditioning replacement is undertaken then a log book would need to be prepared covering the new plant and cooling system.
All existing buildings would benefit from the preparation and use of a comprehensive building log book. The log book should help develop a better understanding of the design intent, improving building management. The regular use of the log book provides a means of recording building performance, which in turn gives the basis for action to improve energy consumption and reduce CO2 emissions to the atmosphere.
Keeping a log book will provide a range of benefits:
Logging alterations to the building and plant ensures current design philosophy is always available
New FM's, new staff or external contractors will be fully aware of how the building is meant to work
Improving the FM's understanding of the building will enhance building management and operation
Building an historical record of alterations and performance will aid future management
It will help avoid inappropriate alterations that go against the design intent
Logging energy performance against design estimates and typical benchmarks will help identify energy problems
It provides a single place to keep key information about the building
It links documents and information that might otherwise be dispersed elsewhere e.g. O & M manuals, record drawings etc.
It will enhance occupant comfort, satisfaction and productivity
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Building Log Books improve understanding, management and operation of buildings resulting in lower costs and reduced CO2: Discount Code PB003