A Guide to Office Building Quality: Third Edition

The Property Council has released the third edition of A Guide to Office Building Quality (Guide) which provides easy to use guidelines for assessing office building quality in new and existing buildings. The guide offers a voluntary, market-based approach to identify parameters that typically influence building quality.

The first and second editions of this Guide were released in 2006 and 2012 respectively. The third edition is a full review and update of the second edition and utilises a building descriptor of 63 parameters across 13 categories. Each of the parameters tabulate the advised criteria by quality grade within two separate matrices; one matrix for new office buildings and one matrix for existing office buildings.

The 13 categories listed in the guidelines are:  Environmental, configuration, mechanical, tenant risers, lifts, electrical, standby power – base building, building management, communications, hydraulics, security, amenities and parking. An additional section called ‘Emerging Quality Issues’ is also included.

The Property Council’s Board of Directors requested additional consultation and a Board subcommittee was formed in August 2018 to provide advice and governance. The Board subcommittee reviewed the third edition and endorsed the Guide in March 2019. 

For more information on the guide, visit here.