BREEAM Assessment – New Construction

BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation.

The global standard is the foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for commercial and public buildings.

BE is experienced in delivering accredited, quality assured BREEAM Assessments across a multitude of building types.

For residential refurbishment shemes please head over to our BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment page. 

What is a BREEAM Assessment?

BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance to evaluate a buildings specification, design construction and use – these span:

  • Energy and water use
  • Internal environment (health & wellbeing)
  • Management processes
  • Pollution
  • Transport
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Ecology

Why use BREEAM?

BREEAM addresses wide ranging environmental and sustainability issues and enables developers, designers and building managers to demonstrate the credentials of their buildings to clients, planners and other initial parties.

BREEAM schemes may apply to new construction on:

  • Commercial buildings – Offices / Industrial / Retail
  • Public buildings – See below
  • Multi-residential accomodation

Assessment is also available for existing refurbishment schemes under BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment – this standard was formerly assessed under Ecohomes.

Many new public builds are subject to minimum BREEAM standards, for example:


A number of government departments and other public bodies either encourage or require the use of BREEAM.

As of 1st July 2008, all health authorites (Department of Health, NHS Wales, Scottish Government Health Directives and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety of Northern Ireland) require that new healthcare buildings seeking Outline of Business Case (OBC) approval commit to achieving an Excellent rating and all refurbishments commit to achieving Very Good.


There is also a BREEAM requirement set for schools depending on whether they are refurbishments or new builds and the value of the build. For example secondary schools procured through the now defunct Building Schools for the Future capital programme were required to achieve a ‘Very Good’ rating. We expect the latest Priority Schools Programme to require a similar standard.

Build Energy can assist with the tender process for our clients – providing whatever help you need to effectively price and bid for public and commercial projects.

Our BREEAM Assessors are certified, experienced, friendly and most of all passionate about the subject!

Would you like to discuss your project?

Call us for a chat on 01202 280062 or email

"BE are fantastic, local building energy assessors, with competency across many areas. We have found them very useful on small and large projects. With the larger projects they can provide a range of assessments with one point of contact. We submitted a planning application for 224 residential apartments for a site in Luton. BE provided the flood, acoustic, heat loss and SUDS reports. The scheme was consented and reports were excellent. We have found them to been frank and honest with their advice. They are also lovely people to work with… which is very important."

Adam Covell

ECA Architecture