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What is BREEAM?

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

Although we tend to focus on a UK context, BREEAM is a global standard and allows the assessment and benchmarking of new and existing property assets across a multitude of building types.

What is a BREEAM Assessment?

BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance to evaluate a buildings specification, design construction and use. The scoring system gives a rating on completion from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’.

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

The assessment has two mandatory stages – Design and Post-construction, with a third optional Post-occupancy stage.

Why use BREEAM?

BREEAM addresses wide ranging environmental and sustainability issues and enables various stakeholders from planners and building owners, to clients and contractors with a means of certifying performance. Importantly, BREEAM looks beyond operational carbon alone, taking a holistic approach to the lifecycle of a building and it’s environmental, social and economic sustainability performance.

BREEAM assessments can be applied to:

Project Types

Schemes cater for specific project types:

  • Commercial buildings – Offices, Industrial and Retail
  • Public buildings – Courts, Education, Healthcare, Higher Education, Prisons
  • Multi-Residential accomodation
  • International
  • Communities
  • Infrastructure

Public Scheme Requirements

Some public schemes are subject to minimum BREEAM standards, for example:

Healthcare

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

As of 1st July 2008, all health authorities (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.

EducationBREEAM

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.

 

Would you like to discuss your project?

Call us on 0330 055 34 05 or email be@buildenergy.co.uk.

Recent Projects

“Build Energy have been a joy to work with and we have been continually impressed with their responsiveness, proactivity and impressive turn-around times in ensuring that our projects achieve the required performance parameters – all with a friendly single point of contact. We have benefitted from Build Energy’s expert technical advice throughout the design and construction stages through to completion, helping us meet and exceed stringent building regulations requirements. We look forward to continuing our productive relationship in future projects.”

Alex Zimmermann
- Wimshurst Pelleriti

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