Design for Maintainability (DfM)

What is Design for Maintainability?

Design for Maintainability (DfM) is the first step of an effective, sustainable maintenance program, linking maintenance goals and desired outcomes to the design process.

It is the practice of integrating operations and maintenance considerations into project planning and design to achieve effectiveness, safety, and economy of maintenance tasks during the lifespan of a facility.

Why should I adopt DfM?

Adopting DfM can have numerous benefits for building stakeholders.

Benefits of DfM

How do I kickstart my DfM Journey?

We have developed a set of DfM guides, presenting a comprehensive set of best practices, structured by building types for ease of use and adoption by industry practitioners.

Other DfM and Maintenance related resources 
Green Mark 2021
DfM is integrated within GM:2021 as the Maintainability (Mt) Section

Who is it for?
Developers, Designers

How does it work?
The Maintainability (Mt) Section presents an appraisal tool to assess a building design’s degree of maintainability based on labour efficiency and cost-effectiveness of downstream maintenance regime.

Facade Access Design Guide (FADG)

Who is it for?


How does it work?
The FADG presents a set of recommendations on:
- Access to building facades upstream
Safe and efficient inspection, cleaning, and repair and replacement throughout a building’s lifespan

Good Practice Guide for Design, Installation and Maintenance of Building Fixtures Who is it for?

Building Owners, Facility Managers

How does it work?
The guide highlights best practices, relevant standards, and codes on:
- Good maintenance regimes for building fixtures, especially those in public spaces and exposed to weather elements
Design and installation of building fixtures to ensure their integrity and robustness, and prevent dislodgements

Building owners and facility managers are reminded of their responsibility to periodically inspect their buildings, including overhead fixtures. This helps identify defects and deteriorations so timely rectifications may be carried out, thus keeping buildings safe for occupants, and avoiding incidents that could disrupt operations.

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