Frequently Asked Questions
About Educational Facilities Maintenance
What is Educational Facilities Management?
Educational facilities maintenance management involves the ongoing upkeep of all aspects of the facilities associated with an educational building, such as a university, school or college. These facilities could include everything from plumbing and electrics to facility security and grounds maintenance.
Who is responsible for Educational Facilities Maintenance?
Usually a facilities management department based at the educational facility or sometimes outsourced to a third party is tasked with the maintenance of its facilities. This team is typically tasked with managing all aspects of the facilities within or owned by a school, university or college.
How does the Building Safety Act affect educational establishments?
Existing regulations have been overhauled including how residential buildings should be constructed, maintained and made safe. The Act introduces the new duty holders, Accountable Person and Principal Accountable Person and explains their responsibilities for managing the safety of what it calls 'higher-risk residential buildings'.
The Act defines higher-risk residential buildings as those that are at least 18 metres in height or have at least 7 storeys and contain 2 or more residential units.
The SFG20 technical team have established what a building owner, manager or building user has to do to ensure compliance. As a result, new maintenance schedules and schedule updates have been implemented in the SFG20 library of content:
- All additional maintenance tasks are contained e.g., the requirements for a secure information box, wayfinding signage, evacuation alert system, etc.
- New schedules available in SFG20 core library
- Existing schedules updated to bring them in line with legislation
- Existing schedules cross-referenced with the new schedules if it is a multi-occupied, multi-storey building, as further maintenance may be required.
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