SFG30 is the essential tool for facilities managers, defining best practice for shutdown procedures and reopening and reoccupying of the building.

With thousands of people now working from home or prevented from travelling, many commercial buildings are moving into shutdown mode. This has huge implications for building services equipment and decisions that would normally have been planned over many months must now be taken within days.

Owners, landlords and tenants will still need to maintain their buildings for security purposes; to achieve statutory compliance, and to protect the fabric and critical systems as well as satisfying any insurance implications.

SFG30 takes users through a step-by-step process for maintaining critical services during this low occupancy period ready for rapid and full reactivation when business returns to normal. This includes key elements such as keeping water systems safe and healthy (in line with the Health & Safety Executive’s L8 rules for legionella control); both active and passive fire protection systems; safe handling of refrigerant gases; electrical and gas service safety checks and ventilation hygiene. It also explains how to maintain security systems and lifts if they are still in service etc.


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In light of the COVID19 pandemic, SFG30 Mothballing & Reactivation is now FREE for all BESA members (reduced from £350+VAT)

Non-members and current SFG20 subscribers can access the full SFG30 suite of maintenance task schedules for £250+VAT (reduced from £500+VAT)

If you are already an SFG20 member you can buy the new SFG30 from the list of specialist schedules in your account.  

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With SFG30 you can control the risk of reopening and recouping a building which has been vacant for an extended period of time.

The essential facilities maintenance guides and checklist will help facility managers ensure the safety of both staff and the public when reentering a building.



  • Management of Mothballing
  • Building Fabric Elements
  • Building Management System (BMS)/Controls
  • Catering Services
  • Chilled Water Systems
  • Compressed Air Systems
  • DX Cooling Plant
  • 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

The key consideration when applying a revised maintained strategy is the duration of action and hence the cost of ongoing reduced maintained vs cost of mothballing and reactivation of assets and services.

Considerations could include but are not limited to:-

  • Water systems would need to be kept going or else you will have unknown conditions in the systems and it could be a  significant cost (and all sample labs are going possible have and alternate focus).
  • For longer durations Insurance companies will require notifying as they will want fire alarms, sprinklers maintained especially if the building is left empty for periods.
  • Life Safety, if a building is occupied by security or a skeleton workforce you need to ensure emergency lighting is working, fire alarms etc. Emergency generators will need to be tested if they are still being relied upon to provide power in an emergency.
  • Fire suppression systems still need to be checked if they are being left active whilst the building is shut down. An asset such as hydrants and other firefighting facilities need discussion with the local fire brigade to see what they would like to see and are willing to allow.
  • Lifts where buildings are occupied need to be continued, but if it can be shown that lift journeys are reduced you may be able to reduce the lift maintenance, but where lifts are still operating they will require “Thorough Examinations” to be carried out as normal. It may be the case that there a multiple lifts in a building and one or more could be removed from operation (This will need to be checked in line with overall building risk and fire strategies).
  • Heating systems could potentially be winterised as we move into summer months, not necessarily drained down,  but a suggest shock inject of chemicals to leave system fully charged but stopping oxygen and ‘bugs’ causing issues.
  • Chilled water systems and Cooling towers if no one is on site these towers can be drained and notifications made to the local authority that the tower has been decommissioned.


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