BS EN 15221-4:2011 Facility management. Taxonomy, classification and structures in facility management

BS EN 15221-4:2011

Facility management. Taxonomy, classification and structures in facility management

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : January 2012



BS EN 15221-4:2011 Facility management. Taxonomy, classification and structures in facility management

FM covers and integrates a very broad scope of processes, products / services, activities and facilities. The approach of BS EN 15221-4 is to consider the added value provided to the primary activities by adopting a product perspective as recognised by the primary processes or core business in the organisation. BS EN 15221-4 therefore introduces the concept of standardised (classified) facility products.

The scope of BS EN 15221-4 is to provide taxonomy for FM which includes:

  • Relevant interrelationships of elements and their structures in FM
  • Definitions of terms and contents to standardise facility products which provide a basis for cross border trade, data management, cost allocation and benchmarking
  • A high level classification and hierarchical coding structure for the standardised facility products
  • Expanding the basic FM model given in EN 15221-1 by adding a time scale in the form of the qualitycycle called PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act)
  • A linkage to existing cost and facilities structures
  • Alignment with the primary activities requirements.

Additional benefits from BS EN 15221-4 are:

  • Introducing a client rather than a specifically asset oriented view
  • Harmonisation of different existing national structures (e.g. building cost codes) on an upper level relevant for the organisation and its primary activities.

Contents for BS EN 15221-4 includes:

Normative references
Terms and definitions

General taxonomy of Facility Management related terms and definition
Financial and administrative terms and definitions
Definitions of main standardised facility products

Derivation of Facility Products and Relationship Model
The generic structures needed to describe a facility product
Facility Management relationship model

Facility Management Processes
Classification of facility products
The quality cycle in the FM relationship model
Client perspective and national customs

Description of the Standardised Facility Products

This European Standard is one of the series BS EN 15221 "Facility Management" which consists of the following parts:

  • Part 1: Terms and definitions
  • Part 2: Guidance on how to prepare Facility Management agreements
  • Part 3: Guidance on quality in Facility Management
  • Part 4: Taxonomy, Classification and Structures in Facility Management
  • Part 5: Guidance on Facility Management processes
  • Part 6: Area and Space Measurement in Facility Management
  • Part 7: Performance Benchmarking

Standard NumberBS EN 15221-4:2011
TitleFacility management. Taxonomy, classification and structures in facility management
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date31 January 2012
Confirm Date22 January 2016
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)EN 13306:2017, EN 15221-1:2006
Informative References(Provided for Information)NS 3454, ISO 9000:2005, EN 15221-2, ISO 15392, EN ISO 9000, ISO 14001, EN 15221-3, EN 15221-5, EN 15221-6, ISO 15686-5:2017
International RelationshipsEN 15221-4:2011
Draft Superseded By09/30205576 DC
DescriptorsConstruction works, Taxonomy, Service industries, Organizations, Consumer-supplier relations, Business facilities, Administrative facilities, Enterprises, Service contracts, Personnel, Management, Maintenance, Classification systems
Title in FrenchFacilities management. Taxinomie, classification et structures
Title in GermanFacility Management. Taxonomie, Klassifikation und Strukturen im Facility Management
ISBN978 0 580 68258 2
File Size2.301 MB

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