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Sustainable Construction Group manager, Jo Harris

Making a soft landing

The soft landing concept, designed to address the gap between design intention and building outcomes, is being rolled out by the BSRIA

Posted by Dave Higgitt | March 20, 2015 | People, policy, politics, money

The BSRIA-led ‘soft landings’ process is attracting interest, not only in the UK, but also in the international market, with two of BSRIA’s senior consultants being invited to present the concept in France and Australia. As a partner of BIM World in Paris (25-26 March), BSRIA will demonstrate how the ‘soft landings’ process can help solve the performance gap between design intentions and operational outcomes, as manager in the Sustainable Construction Group, Jo Harris explains: “Firstly we are delighted to be associated with BIM World and we hope it will be a wonderful and thought provoking event, it is no surprise to us that ‘soft landings’ is attracting interest outside of the UK.  The performance gap is a global concern and ‘soft landings’, used properly, can help identify this during the project and allow remedial action to be undertaken.

 “Overseas interest in ‘soft landings’ has differing levels of maturity. France is at the very start of their journey and recognise that it is a complementary process to BIM, whereas Australia is much further advanced as this is Roderic Bunn’s second visit to promote it. We believe that the ever increasing awareness of the performance gap will lead to more interest in ‘soft landings’ in other countries.”

David Churcher will be presenting at BIM World on 26 March while, also during March, Roderic Bunn will be presenting a series of workshops in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland in New Zealand.

‘Soft landings’ provides a framework of activities for clients and their project teams to embed into their existing project management processes. It aims to create ‘virtuous circles’, no matter whether the project is trying to achieve specific environmental standards or is a simple extension or retrofit of an existing building.

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