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BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) is an all-round measure of the sustainability of a building. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and specification.

Many planning authorities now require non-domestic buildings to meet BREEAM requirements and publically funded buildings will normally be required to be assessed under BREEAM.

Our Assessors are experts in delivering BREEAM compliance and provide a professional, no-nonsense approach to what can be a challenging requirement.

Here are a few points to consider before making a final choice of BREEAM Assessor:

  • We provide bespoke advice tailored to meet your needs - beware of Code Assessors who only offer a “tick box” service.
  • All certificates are included in our standard service – there are no hidden extras!
  • We have a track record of providing advice to clients that saves thousands of pounds - you can be sure we’re providing solutions that work for you.
  • We will support and guide you throughout planning and construction process - you can be confident you’re on track to achieve the required Rating.

Call now to get a quote or discuss your project with one of our Assessors.

What is BREEAM?

BREEAM is an environmental assessment scheme that aims to quantify and improve the environmental performance of buildings by rewarding designs that take positive steps to minimise their environmental impact. Increasingly used for planning and funding purposes, BREEAM enables clients and their design teams to demonstrate the environmental credentials of their buildings through independent certification.

BREEAM can be used at any stage of a building’s life from design and construction through to refurbishment and even in operation.

What does a BREEAM Assessment involve?

BREEAM is a two stage process; The Design Stage Assessment based on drawings, specifications and commitments followed by the Post Construction Review when the building is completed.

Credits are awarded for achieving certain criteria and these are accumulated to give a final BREEAM rating. The different BREEAM ratings are PASS, GOOD, VERY GOOD, EXCELLENT or OUTSTANDING

BREEAM pre-assessments are an early stage review that allows a building’s maximum potential to be established to offer a cost effective route to the required BREEAM rating. This is often carried out as part of the planning process.

A formal BREEAM assessment is carried out in two stages, a building’s performance is first evaluated at design stage (Interim certification) and is then confirmed post construction to gain Final certification.

What sorts of building require a BREEAM Assessment?

Many planning authorities now require non-domestic buildings to meet BREEAM requirements and publically funded buildings will normally be required to be assessed under BREEAM.

There are a number of different versions of BREEAM for different building types such as:

  1. Bespoke BREEAM

    Where a development does not fit into a standard scheme or where there are mixed uses within a building then a Bespoke BREEAM assessment is required. In these cases BRE develop BREEAM criteria to be developed specifically for a project.

  2. BREEAM Education

    Covers primary / secondary schools, sixth form colleges, further education / vocational colleges and university buildings.

  3. BREEAM Healthcare

    Covers teaching/specialist, general acute, community and mental health hospitals as well as other healthcare facilities such as GP surgeries and health centres/clinics.

  4. BREEAM International

    Can be used for the assessment of any building type outside the UK.

  5. BREEAM In Use

    Used for the assessment of existing buildings in operation to evaluate and improve their performance over time.

  6. BREEAM Offices

    Can be used for both speculative and fitted out office buildings and associated areas such as meeting and training rooms

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