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RICS NRM 3: A Guide to Cost Estimating and Planning for Building Maintenance Works




The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is a professional body that sets and maintains standards for the surveying profession. One of its key roles is to provide guidance and best practice for the cost management of construction projects and maintenance works. To achieve this, RICS has developed a suite of documents called the New Rules of Measurement (NRM), which provide a standard set of measurement rules and essential guidance for different aspects of cost estimating and planning.


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The NRM consists of three separate volumes, each covering a specific stage or type of work:



  • NRM 1: Order of cost estimating and cost planning for capital building works



  • NRM 2: Detailed measurement for building works



  • NRM 3: Order of cost estimating and cost planning for building maintenance works




This article will focus on the third volume, NRM 3, which is relevant for anyone involved in the cost management of building maintenance works, such as building owners, facilities managers, contractors, consultants, and surveyors. NRM 3 provides a comprehensive and consistent framework for the preparation of order of cost estimates and cost plans for building maintenance works, as well as elemental cost analyses, risk assessments, and life cycle costing.


What are building maintenance works?




Building maintenance works are defined by NRM 3 as "works undertaken to keep, restore or improve every facility, i.e. every part of a building, its services and surrounds, to a currently acceptable standard and to sustain the utility and value of the facility". Building maintenance works can be classified into four main categories:



  • Planned preventive maintenance: regular and routine works that are carried out to prevent deterioration or breakdown of building elements and services.



  • Corrective maintenance: reactive works that are carried out to restore or repair building elements and services that have failed or become defective.



  • Cyclical maintenance: periodic works that are carried out at fixed intervals to renew or replace building elements and services that have a finite life expectancy.



  • Improvement works: discretionary works that are carried out to enhance or upgrade the performance, functionality, or appearance of building elements and services.




The scope and frequency of building maintenance works depend on various factors, such as the design, construction, age, condition, use, and location of the building, as well as the client's requirements, budget, and expectations.


Why is NRM 3 important?




NRM 3 is important because it provides a consistent and transparent approach to the cost management of building maintenance works, which can help to achieve the following benefits:



  • Improve the quality and reliability of cost information for decision making.



  • Facilitate effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders.



  • Enable benchmarking and comparison of costs across different projects and sectors.



  • Support the implementation of best practice and innovation in cost management.



  • Promote sustainability and value for money in building maintenance works.




NRM 3 is also aligned with other relevant standards and frameworks, such as the International Cost Management Standard (ICMS), the Cost prediction professional statement, the RIBA Plan of Work 2020, the CIBSE Guide M: Maintenance engineering and management, and the SFG20 standard for planned maintenance.


How to use NRM 3?




NRM 3 is intended to be used by all parties involved in the cost management of building maintenance works throughout the project life cycle. It provides detailed rules and guidance on how to prepare order of cost estimates and cost plans at different stages of the project, from strategic definition to handover and close out. It also provides templates and examples of how to present and report the cost information in a clear and concise manner.


NRM 3 adopts a hierarchical structure for the classification and measurement of building maintenance works, which consists of three levels:



  • Level 1: Group element (e.g. substructure, superstructure, internal finishes, etc.)



  • Level 2: Sub-element (e.g. foundations, walls, floors, ceilings, etc.)



  • Level 3: Unit of measurement (e.g. m2, m3, nr, etc.)




The level of detail and accuracy of the cost information will vary depending on the stage and purpose of the estimate or plan. NRM 3 provides different types of cost breakdown structures and elemental cost analyses to suit different levels of information and complexity.


How to download NRM 3?




NRM 3 is available in PDF format and can be downloaded from the RICS website. The latest edition of NRM 3 was published in October 2021 and is effective from 1 December 2021. The previous editions of NRM 3 are now out of date and should not be used on new projects, but they can still be downloaded for reference purposes.


NRM 3 also includes two Excel templates for the appendices E and F, which provide examples of order of cost estimates and cost plans for building maintenance works. These templates can be downloaded separately from the RICS website. Users are free to make use of these templates as they wish and to customize them for their own particular requirements, but they should ensure that they carefully check that any logic sequences and embedded formulae are correct and reflect what is required to be calculated.


Conclusion




NRM 3 is a valuable tool for the cost management of building maintenance works, as it provides a standard set of measurement rules and essential guidance for the preparation and presentation of order of cost estimates and cost plans. NRM 3 can help to improve the quality and reliability of cost information, facilitate effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders, enable benchmarking and comparison of costs, support the implementation of best practice and innovation in cost management, and promote sustainability and value for money in building maintenance works. NRM 3 can be downloaded from the RICS website in PDF format, along with two Excel templates for the appendices E and F.


References:



  • [RICS NRM: New Rules of Measurement]



  • [New rules of measurement - RICS]




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