BREEAM New Construction
BREEAM New Construction – An introduction
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is a measurement rating for green buildings developed by the BRE (Building Research Establishment). Since its inception the scheme has grown in scope and detail and now has numerous versions including the Code for Sustainable Homes, Eco Homes and refurbishments and New Construction.
What versions of BREEAM New Construction are there?
There are several BREEAM New Construction schemes including:
- Multi Residential (for multi occupancy residential buildings i.e student halls of residence, sheltered housing, care homes etc)
- Data Centres
- Bespoke Method (for other building types)
The benefits of using the BREEAM New Construction scheme
There are many benefits of using BREEAM including:
- Market recognition for low environmental impact buildings
- Assurance of best practice
- Inspiration to minimise the environmental impact of buildings
- A benchmark which is higher than building regulations
- A tool to assist with living and working environments and ongoing running costs
- A recognised standard demonstrating environmental objectives.
Assessment and Certification Process
Generally speaking BREEEAM New Construction comprises of Pre-Assessment Estimators, Design Stage and Post Construction Stage certification. Such certification