Assessing building services

Assessing building services

Services account for a major proportion of the cost of a modern building. If defective they can cause considerable inconvenience to occupants, require costly repairs and in some cases pose a serious threat to health and safety. As a result the liability associated with assessing services has increased, leaving many residential property practitioners lacking confidence when it comes to their inspections.

The building services addressed in this section are:

This section is maintained by Tim Jones of Atherstone St. James Ltd.

Related RICS professional guidance

Asbestos and its implications for surveyors and their clients, 3rd edition, 2011. (Being 2011, the legislation in this document is out of date, but the guidance is useful – The HSE website provides up to date guidance on legislation and procedures.

BIM for building surveyors, 1st edition, 2016.

Design and specification, 1st edition, 2013.

Facilities management information and data management, 1st edition, 2011.

Health and safety for residential property managers, 1st edition, 2016.

Historic building conservation, 1st edition, 2009.

International BIM implementation, 1st edition, 2014.

Lessons learned, 1st edition, 2016.

Measured surveys of land buildings and utilities, 3rd edition, 2014.

Resource management: improving efficiency and reducing waste, 1st edition, 2016.

RICS homebuyer service.

Security, 2nd edition, 2014.

Strategic facilities management, 1st edition, 2013.

Surveying safely, 1st edition, 2011 (currently being redrafted).

Sustainability: improving performance in existing buildings, 1st edition, 2013.

The above list of RICS guidance and information papers is not meant to be comprehensive. A full list of guidance from the RICS can be found in the guidance resource.