BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. Its methodology allows buildings to be assessed in terms of design, construction and future proofing using a common framework and recognised scoring system.
One of the world’s leading sustainability methods, BREEAM is a method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. Its methodology allows buildings to be assessed in terms of design, construction and future proofing using a common framework and recognised scoring system.
Undertaken by a qualified BREEAM assessor, its main purpose is to raise awareness among owners, occupiers, designers and operators as to the benefits of taking a sustainable approach. BREEAM recognises and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction to in-use and refurbishment
Adhering to standards developed by BRE (Building Research Establishment), BREEAM assessors perform third party certification to assess an asset’s environmental, social and economic sustainability performance. This measurement and fulfilment of the assessment criteria means BREEAM-rated developments can be referred to as more sustainable environments which; enhance the wellbeing of those who live and work in them; protect natural resources and make for more attractive property investments.
BREEAM is a useful mechanism for planning authorities to measure the sustainable credentials of new or refurbished commercial buildings in their boroughs. BREEAM assessments often form part of the planning conditions to be discharged at completion of the project. The benefits that a BREEAM assessment offers to clients include the creation of sustainable principles as part of the design from the outset, which often leads to energy and carbon savings at occupation stage.
BREEAM is formally assessed at two stages. This is achieved through the collation of evidence by the BREEAM assessor and submission to the BRE for auditing and certification. The two stages are:
1. Design stage certificate: The majority of the evidence is based on letters of confirmation, drawings, specifications and commitments.
2. Post construction certificate: As well as collecting certificates of completion, this stage involves a site visit to check the designs have been adhered to and completed accordingly. A document comprising the necessary photo evidence is consequently produced.
At Whitecode Consulting, we make sure we are part of the design team from an early stage so we are able to advise on BREEAM credits. All of our BREEAM assessors are qualified BREEAM Accredited Professionals (AP), which not only allows us to take an active role in the assessment, we can guide the team to ensure the required BREEAM target is met.
Whitecode Consulting has the knowledge and experience to conceive BREEAM assessments, but are also highly adept at reviewing existing pre-assessments which have already been submitted during the planning process. Working with the team, we evaluate the credits that have been suggested and complete due diligence. There are some credits which are mandatory to meet certain BREEAM targets but many are tradable. We are able to explain the implications of these, as well as offer support to complete further reports that complement the overall assessment.
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