Founded in 1990, BREEAM is the Building Research Establishment Assessment Method for buildings. BREEAM sets industry best practices for sustainable design and is recognised across the UK as a way of describing a buildings environmental performance. Building a new development to BREEAM standards and best practices helps new buildings minimise environmental impact.
Buildings are assessed in a number of areas to determine an overall score and rating based on credits awarded for different areas of construction as well as building design and location. Developments can be rated on a scale of Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding.
BREEAM establishes a buildings performance by using certified assessors to check environmental, social and economic sustainability performance. The BREEAM assessor uses standards developed by Building Research Establishment (BRE).
The end result of developments meeting BREEAM standards are more sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them. BREEAM also helps to protect natural resources and make for more attractive property investments because more valuable, sustainable assets can be developed.
BREEAM can improve the air quality of homes and workplaces and better lighting can make improve conditions for their occupants too, often resulting in better productivity for workers and more pleasant environments for everyone.
It is best to include BREEAM assessors in the earliest stages of your project as a number of credits are reliant on information available at or before RIBA stage 2 and without these further credits cannot be obtained.
For more information on BREEAM, this video by the BRE is useful:
Finding a qualified BREEAM assessor can be tricky. Assessors have to be fully trained and licenced in order to provide BREEAM assessments. BREEAM assessors will need to go through thorough training and keep their skills up to date in order to provide the best service possible.
Prior to carrying out the full BREEAM assessment, the project will be checked against the scheme and targets that could be achieved will be selected to produce a document including the scheme type, credits available, targeted credits and targets which could be achieved.
The project will be registered with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) for the relevant BREEAM scheme. New Construction is currently 2018, unless already registered.
Design Stage and Post Construction Stages are covered by our assessors. We advise that it is best to get a BREEAM assessor involved as soon as possible in your project in order to maximize the available credits.
Our Assessors will attend project meetings to ensure that the BREEAM targeted credits are understood and achievable.
We have a great deal of in house experience with BREEAM.
Our BREEAM consultants are fully licenced and have years of experience in this field.
Not only this, but Arbtech’s ecologists are highly regarded by the Building Research Establishment (BRE.)
The BRE consider our extended phase 1 habitat survey and BREEAM ecology reports to be thorough yet concise, and were so impressed by them they asked for our written permission to use them as the standard by which others are assessed. Kim Dine, BREEAM Technical Consultant for the BRE contacted Robert Oates, managing director at Arbtech, to ask permission to use an outstanding example of a BREEAM Ecology Report she had come across, in the 2011 BREEAM training sessions for all Assessors.
Kim Dine, BREEAM Technical Consultant, BRE Global says:
“Further to our telephone conversation I would like to confirm that BRE Global would like to use your document BREEAM Ecology Assessment (attached) for training purposes on BREEAM courses run by BRE Global as an outstanding example of documentary evidence which may be given to an assessor carrying out a BREEAM assessment. The document may be used in both in and out of classroom on exercises and so may be copied and distributed to students.”
We also have years of experience in carrying out ecological reports for BREEAM assessments.
If you’re low on BREEAM credits and hoping to pick some up for ‘Land Use and Ecology’, we’d be happy to help. Please note that you will require an ecological site survey in order to produce your BREEAM ecology report.
Getting started is easy. Use the form on this page to tell us the details of your project or give us a call. Once we have your details, we will asses your project and get in touch with our costings and availability. Once this is done, we can book your project in and get to work.
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