Digital toolkit to help manage building safety information for housing associations

by Liam Turner
A businessperson using a digital tablet

BIM for Housing Associations (BIM4HAs) has launched a digital toolkit with the aim of helping social landlords stay up to date with building safety information.

The Building Information Modelling (BIM) Toolkit has been developed specifically for housing associations to help them maintain a digital ‘golden thread’ of building information, as required by the Building Safety Bill.

The toolkit, which is backed by the National Housing Federation (NHF), has been developed over the past two years with input from 20 social landlords.

BIM4HAs is funded by A2Dominion, Notting Hill Genesis, Peabody, Optivo, Sovereign, and Southern Housing Group.

‘Makes excellent business sense’

Commenting on the launch of the toolkit, Victoria Moffett, head of Building and Fire Safety programmes at the NHF, said: “The BIM4HAs toolkit and community are also completely free, enabling housing associations to start the journey together and learn from one another.

“Not only will implementing BIM help housing associations prepare for upcoming changes to the regulatory regime that are likely to require all building owners to record a golden thread of building information, it makes excellent business sense given that it can help housing associations manage buildings more efficiently.”

Jack Ostrofsky, chair of BIM4HAs, added: “Digitising your asset information isn’t only a regulatory imperative – it also makes commercial sense.

“The experienced professionals who have worked on this toolkit as volunteers have been willing to share their experiences, good and bad, in order to learn best practice.

“Now, they are sharing that expertise with all.”

Image: Peshkova/Shutterstock


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