BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for buildings. It involves the assessment of a wide range of factors which can impact a buildings sustainability. These include:
- Management – for example will the contractor be using responsible construction practices on site
- Health and Wellbeing – such as will the building be designed to have good levels of daylight
- Energy – a key factor here is how much energy will the completed building use
- Transport – for example will the building have good access to public transport and amenities
- Water – such as will water leak detection devices be installed
- Materials – issues include will the elected materials be durable and hard wearing
- Waste – such as assessing how much waste will be produced during construction amongst other issues
- Land Use and Ecology – for example taking steps to prevent impacts on existing ecology
- Pollution – such as assessing risk of flooding
Typically, our BREEAM support is structured around 3 stages:
- Developing a BREEAM pre-assessment and gaining planning permission
Having reviewed local policies and development proposals we will determine the anticipated BREEAM requirements for your development. Where necessary the LPA will be contacted for confirmation.
We will carry out a review of the available documents and through discussions with the design team determine which BREEAM credits can be targeted to develop a BREEAM pre-assessment ready for submission to the LPA. When developing the credit strategy, we will advise on quick wins and low-cost credits identifying the smoothest route to certification.
Where the development is unable to meet targets Blewburton will produce a report detailing the reasons for this and liaise with the LPA regarding any queries they have until an achievable target can be agreed upon. We can also discuss realistic timeframes for design stage and post construction certification with them to ensure conditions reflect this.
- Collecting and submitting design stage evidence and certification
Once the BREEAM strategy has been agreed Blewburton will issue checklists, templates and specifications to the design team to aid in the collection of evidence and information. Throughout the process we will provide guidance and advice on how the BREEAM requirements relate to your development and the most effective ways to demonstrate compliance. The credit strategy will be monitored and the team will be notified of any changes as a result of the evidence collected, we always recommend allowing a buffer of credits to account for some changes.
The collected evidence will be submitted to BRE for Q/A and certification, allowing design stage BREEAM planning conditions to be discharged.
- Site inspection and post construction evidence and certification
Although we may have visited site during construction, we will re-visit upon completion to confirm the site is as expected in relation to the BREEAM criteria. Having produced a range of documents to assist the team we will collect as-built evidence for submission to BRE and final certification.
Blewburton Ltd has experienced assessors accredited in the following schemes:
- BREEAM New Construction Public (education healthcare, prisons, law courts)
- BREEAM New Construction Commercial (offices, industrial, retail)
- BREEAM New Construction Multi-Residential
- BREEAM New Construction Other
- BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment
- BREEAM Non-Domestic Refurbishment & Fit-out
In addition, we also have BREEAM Accredited Professionals (AP), whose involvement in the early stages of design can result in improved sustainability and an increase in BREEAM credits gained.
BREEAM case studies
Blewburton proved to the planning committee that the required “Excellent” rating was redundant and persuaded them to reduce it to Good.