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Facilities Management Engineering HVCA Spec

Facilities Management Engineering HVCA Spec

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Standard MaintenanceSpecification for Mechanical Services in Buildings
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INTRODUCTION1 Standard Maintenance Specification
Before the publication of t
he original specification
in 1990, there had been no standard document
the maintenance of heating
cooling and ventilation plant in buildings.
Equipment had become more reliable with the introduction of solid state and microchip technolog
y,and one consequence
of this is that there has been a tendency to relax the maintenance of plant with resultant customer dissatisfaction and
energy wastage which
experience has shown can be as high as 20%.Given this situation, the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association (HVCA) in association with the Chartered Institute of Building Engineers (CIBSE), the Building Research Energy Conservation Support Unit (BRECSU) and
, what was then
the Energy Efficiency Office at
the Department
of Energy,
developed a Standard Maintenance Specification which was aimed at maintenance contractors and organisations
with the relevant
expertise to carry
out their own maintenance, by
providing a
contractual standard against which to evaluate and enforce
adequate standards.
HVCA members use it as a mandatory standard both for tending and in carrying out the work and those organisations
going out for tender 
also use the standard as an integral part of the tender specification.The revised Standard is produced in alpha sort under 6
service equipment headings, each having the same format and covering major elements in heating, cooling and ventilation. Newly included in this latest version is reference to HVCA’s Guide to Ventilation Hygiene(Ductwork Cleaning).
2 Safety
Safe operation of the plant and its immediate environment is a fundamental part of good maintenance practice and should be taken intoaccount at all times. Ventilation and adequate lighting is essential in boiler houses and plant rooms and any deficiencies in these areas mustbe brought to the client’s attention immediately. The responsibility for ensuring safe access to equipment should be clearly defined.It should be noted that certain specialised functions such as fire prevention and lifts are not covered by the standard and any person workingon such equipment should, in the case of fire prevention and alarms, be registered with theLoss Prevention Councilor should be themanufacturer’s nominated fire prevention contractor. Similar considerations apply in the case of lifts.

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