BBP and BSRIA publish new soft landings report for property owners

Better Buildings Partnership, together with BSRIA (Building Services Research and Information Association), has today published the joint report: Soft Landings: The Benefits to Commercial Property Owners. The commercial property sector is waking up to the fact that it needs to take responsibility on climate change and there is a broad recognition that a significant gap exists between the design expectations and operational performance of buildings. Part of taking climate action involves minimising this gap, the report’s authors claim.

Soft Landings is a BSRIA-led approach which seeks to make the development and construction of new buildings as smooth as possible. The approach sets out to complement the organisation’s Design for Performance approach in that it seeks to address problems in construction before and as they arise in order to ensure there is no gap between design intent and actual performance. Soft Landings champions transparency and continuity across all stakeholders, according to the report.

The report focuses on how property owners stand to benefit from implementing Soft Landings, featuring case studies and quotes from several BBP members who have used the Soft Landings approach in one or more of their buildings. The report also outlines the necessary steps property managers need to take to make the implementation of Soft Landings successful.

The publication of the report aligns with BSRIA’s annual Soft Landings Conference; this year’s conference is focused on the topic of “culture change to combat climate change.”

Image: Palestra Building for TfL by PRS Architects