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Frequently asked questions

How can the Building Asset Performance Framework (BAPF) help departments understand buildings’ operating performance?

The BAPF considers social and environmental aspects of performance as well as the traditional functional and financial performance assessments.

Using the BAPF, you can assess the performance of buildings against:

  • appropriateness
  • financial impact
  • statutory compliance risk
  • effective use
  • environmental impact
  • social significance.

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When should the BAPF be applied?

The BAPF should be applied when a department needs to know how its building portfolio is performing, particularly to inform asset management processes and decisions.

This includes:

  • planning decisions prior to procurement and investment, including the development of business cases for funding bids
  • disposal and rationalisation decisions
  • renewal/refurbishment decisions
  • benchmarking and continuous improvement.

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Can decisions about capital improvements/investments be tested?

A performance assessment using the BAPF will provide a status report or profile summarising the performance of a particular building asset or portfolio of assets.

This will help departments answer the following questions:

  • Is the building relevant to future needs?
  • How well does the building perform?
  • What areas need improvement?
  • How can performance be improved?
  • Which options should be selected?

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Can the BAPF explain unexpected changes in consumption of water or energy after efficiency initiatives?

The BAPF may provide clarity on altered consumption through an analysis of other building performance data.

For example, increased use or occupancy may cause an increase in water and electricity consumption.

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How can the BAPF be used for budget proposals, strategic decisions and policy development?

Evidence of performance information—such as a building’s financial impact, social significance, environmental impact and service delivery requirements—is needed to support project proposals.

Collection of structured performance data, as per the BAPF, helps departments understand risks associated with building ownership and operation and ensures service continuity.

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What other benefits can the BAPF provide?

It can help departments anticipate building management and operation issues and address these issues before they affect service delivery.

Additionally, the BAPF allows the standardisation of reports so they can be produced in a format easily read and understood.

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Does the BAPF provide guidance on conducting a performance assessment of a building?

Yes. Refer to BAPF Appendix A (DOC, 257KB) for an assessment template.

The template can be customised to suit your requirements.

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