As the country takes its first tentative steps to reopening, reoccupying and getting back to work, school and play, Facilities Managers will need to ensure that buildings are safe to return to.

The coronavirus crisis has created unprecedented challenges for building owners and maintainers. However, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has moved quickly to support the sector by releasing detailed guidance on how buildings can be managed and maintained effectively during the coming weeks and months. We have gathered together guidance and advice on maintaining your building and facilities during this time.

You can download a pdf document below.

COVID-19 Building Maintenance Guidance

Our SFG30 Mothballing and Reactivation maintenance task schedules cover the procedures necessary to safely reopen schools, colleges and universities, office buildings, retail establishments, cinemas, stadiums and many other facilities. We have listed the Reactivation maintenance procedures below:


  • Management of Reactivation
  • Building Fabric Elements
  • DX Cooling Plant
  • Catering Services
  • Chilled Water Systems
  • Compressed Air Systems
  • Building Management System (BMS)/Controls
  • Electrical Systems
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Gas Supply
  • Heating Systems
  • Lighting and Lighting Systems
  • Motors, Generators, UPS's and Battery Systems
  • Oil Supply
  • Pipework (All Systems)
  • Refrigerant Gases
  • Security Monitoring and Access Systems
  • Swimming Pools
  • Transformers and Substations
  • Ventilation Plant
  • Water Hygiene Services
  • Water Services - Fire Protection and Environmental Supply Systems



Find out morSFG30 Mothballing & Reactivatione about SFG30 shutdown and reactivation suite of maintenance schedules You can discover more here.





If you missed our webinars you can download the slide shows below:


Tuesday 5 May - Ventilation & air conditioning: prevention of re-circulation and optimisation of air movement

We are joined by REFCOM’s Graeme Fox and a specialist air conditioning and ventilation technical panel.

We will be debunking the confusion over different types of ventilation and air conditioning systems and explain the issues surrounding preventing recirculation and what to do where prevention is not possible? Plus, as the UK starts looking at getting back to work, we explore how to minimise the risk in air movement as staff return to offices.



Monday 4 May - The safe reactivation of mothballed buildings – SFG30 maintenance task schedules

Back by popular demand, Geoff Prudence returns following a hugely successful webinar last week on FM during the pandemic.

This time Geoff will specifically cover how to safely manage the reactivation of buildings. He will focus on the considerations you need to make across fire, ventilation and security to ensure buildings are safe to return to.



Tuesday 28 April - Maintenance and FM during the COVID-19 pandemic

Hosted by Steve Tomkins from SFG20, it covered the following areas:

We were joined by a panel with over 190 years FM experience between them.