SPACES e-news August 2021

It’s finished, but you can still watch the videos

Virtual Conference

Monday 7th to Friday 18th June 2021
The Virtual Delegates Pack was made available to all members and delegates and includes links to videos, slides and items of interest (which is updated regularly). Alternatively, members can log into their account and go to the information suite for videos. You can check out the non-video version here.

To support our members in their roles, we need to ensure that we are focusing on the right areas when planning for conferences, webinars etc. So please just take 2 minutes to complete this questionnaire. It’s as important for us to understand why members didn’t attend as well as feedback from those who did. Thank you for supporting SPACES. 

Thank you to our sponsors, AtkinsFaithful+GouldIESNPS and Willmott Dixon.

Previous webinars have been videoed and the links are available to members by logging into their account and going to the information suite.

Virtually meet your colleagues

Technical Meeting

Tuesday 29th June @1:00pm
Following on from the Engineering Technical meeting facilitated by Steve Rufus, Vice-President and HoP Engineering, members can log into their account and go to the information suite to view the minutes.  
Get involved with SPACES

Annual General Meeting

Thursday 7th October @12:300pm
The SPACES AGM will be held virtually on Thursday 7th October at 12:30pm. All members are invited to attend. 

The calling notice and further information will be circulated later this month but you can register to attend or send your apologies hereHave you been involved with a Public Building or project that has made a difference to a community?

Yearbook and Awards 2021

We are in the process of arranging visits to shortlisted projects, and also producing the yearbook. 

You can see the full list of all the shortlisted projects here.

Our congratulations go to them all.

We are pleased to announce two sponsors for the awards
Bauder – Education category and
Symetris – Innovation category.

If your company is interested in sponsoring an award or advertising in the yearbook, please see please see our websiteHave you got a question?

SPACES Technical Enquiries

We now have a LinkedIn group for our members to post questions. This is for members only. Please click on this link to join

1. Do not post anything that you wouldn’t want your Chief Exec or your Mother/Children to see. 
2. Respect other members of the Group
3. What happens in the Group chats stays in the group 
4. This group if for those signed up for SPACES membership only as per our records
5. The group and the posts are moderated by SPACES, we reserve the right to remove anything that goes against our By-Laws

We have had one technical enquiry this month (which was also circulated by email).
I am interested to know what pricing tools colleagues around the country use to cost feasibilities and condition surveys, especially in respect of maintenance projects. Helen Acreman, Somerset County Council.Summary of what’s been happening

Useful Information

BB100 Consultation 

The DfE are seeking views on a revised version of the Building Bulletin 100 design guide for fire safety in schools.

This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 17 August 2021

See here for more information. 


Building Safety Bill

The Building Safety Bill was launched on the 5th July 2021. 

See here for more information (don’t forget to view Dr Hywel Davies, Technical Director, CIBSE presentation on the Dame Hackitt Review and Zero Carbon from the Virtual Conference which covered this).   


Asbestos management assurance process (AMAP) user guide

Guidance to help schools and responsible bodies use the AMAP portal to submit an assurance declaration about compliance with asbestos regulations was updated on the 9th July 2021. 

See here for more information.  


School Rebuilding Programme: second set of 50 schools

The second set of 50 schools in the School Rebuilding Programme and how they were prioritised was published on the 19th July. 

See here for more information.  


Safety of structures in the climate emergency

CROSS (Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures) have set up a theme page on safety of structures in the climate emergency. 

See here for more information.  


CIBSE Calls for comment on Guide M

CIBSE are asking for comment on one of its most widely used guidance documents – Guide M: Maintenance Engineering and Management – ahead of a complete update.

See here for more information.

Part Z

A proposed Building Regulations amendment ‘Part Z’ and Approved Document Z outlines requirements on the assessment of whole life carbon emissions, and limiting of embodied carbon emissions, for all major building projects. 

See here for more information.  


Building Regulations Advisory Committee: golden thread report

Published on the 21st July 2021, this report provides an overview of the development of golden thread policy, outlining how BRAC has supported MHCLG with its development (don’t forget to view Dr Hywel Davies, Technical Director, CIBSE presentation on the Dame Hackitt Review and Zero Carbon from the Virtual Conference which covered this) . 

See here for more information.  


The rise of ESG

If you were interested in Sadaf Askari, IES, presentation at the Virtual Conference on The rise of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) in the real estate market and how digital twins help you might be interested in her blog and flyer

LETI Client Guide

Dr Joe Jack Williams presented a webinar on ‘LETI’s Climate Emergency design guide’ at our Virtual Conference. LETI are launching a guide for clients.

See here for more information.

Climate Crisis Advisory Group Report
CCAG Extreme Weather Events in the Arctic and Beyond: A Global State of Emergency has been published. 

See here for more information.  


Infection Resilient Environments: Buildings that keep us healthy and safe

A report from the Royal Academy of Engineering published on the 18th July highlights urgent need to improve guidance and plug skills gaps as Covid-19 restrictions lift. 

See here for more information.  


CIBSE Emerging from lockdown

Emerging from lockdown is a series of documents available as free downloads from CIBSE and have been updated recently. These currently cover:

  • Ventilation
  • Air cleaning technologies (and Relative Exposure Index Calculator).
  • Safely re-occupying buildings
  • Recommissioning of lifts and escalators post lockdown
  • Lift use and occupancy

See here for more information.