HAPM Component Life Manual has broken new ground, it is the first document to provide extensive life-span assessments (suitable for insurance purposes) for a wide range of building components which are classified within the concept of quality specifications. A further benefit is that it does not seek to be prescriptive. It indicative 'benchmarks' against which new or differing specifications can be assessed, in that sense it is both robust and flexible.
The concept of the manual is simple yet profound. Seven component groups contain a range of component types and sub-types each of which has been given a life class designation. The life classes embrace good practice, a normal amount of maintenance and typical exposure conditions. If a new component does not match an existing HAPM class, then a new 'benchmark' can be defined and a life assigned.
"This publication is a breakthrough for housing associations; it is a significant publication in the fields of Built Asset Management and Construction Economics." - Professor Roy Holmes, Facilities Management Research Unit, University of the West of England, Bristol
"This manual is invaluable for consultants involved with specification of components and those concerned with planned maintenance and costs-in-use." - Columns, NBA Building Performance Services Newsletter
The Manual is updated twice a year. Updating subscription for 1997: 15660.00
Foreword. Introduction. Flooring components. Walling and cladding components. Roofing components. Doors, windows and joinery. Mechanical equipment components. Electrical equipment components. External works and outbuildings. Appendices: list of abbreviations and other publications cited in the manual; index of British Standards referred to in the manual; definitions for exposure conditions and adjustment factors; alphabetical index of components.