BREEAM Considerate Construction
 Aim and benefits
The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) is a national initiative set up by the construction industry to improve its image. The Code of Considerate Practice focuses on construction activities which impact the general public, workforce and the environment and requires those registered site, companies and suppliers to show a commitment to care about appearance, respect the community, protect the environment, secure everyone's safety and value their workforce. Since its introduction in 1997, the scheme has helped ensure that construction sites are now managed in an environmentally and socially considerate, responsible and accountable manner and has also aided improving working conditions and facilities for those working on site.
It should be noted that, under BREEAM UK Refurbishment and Fit-Out for Non-Domestic Buildings, 1 credit can be achieved under Man03 for Considerate Construction without registration under the CCS scheme, where defined as small-scale or low-value projects.
 When to consider
It is no longer an explicit requirement to sign up to the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), but if two or more credits (Exemplary) are sought, then this is still the easiest route to compliance, although additional requirements over and above the CCS are now needed.
The CCS Scoring has been updated for 2019, the checklist is now scored out of 45, with a maximum of 9 points per category. An additional discretional 5 points are available to reward sites, companies or suppliers who have developed innovative ways of addressing Scheme expectations.
To achieve 1 credit will require the completion of items a, d, f, g, h, j, n, o and r of Table 1 of BREEAM Guidance Note GN33, (Man03: Table 4.1 within Technical Manual (TM) version SD5078 Issue 2.0) except for item ‘g’ these will all be covered by the CCS 'Certificate of Compliance'.
To achieve 2 credits will require the achievement of six additional items within Table 1 of GN33 (Table 4.1 of the TM) from items b, c, e, i, k, l, m, p and q. Except for 'p' and 'q' these will be covered by the CCS 'Performance Beyond Compliance'.
Item ‘q’ is: The fleet operators, captures and investigates any road accidents, incidents and near misses and reports them back to the principal contractor. The principal contractor analyses these items.
The commitment to achieve the required score should be included within the contract documents or set out in a formal letter from the client/developer. Up until the 31 December 2018 this would have been as follows:
- for one credit: a CCS score of between 25 and 34, with a minimum of 5 points under each section;
- for two credits: a CCS score of between 35 and 39, with a minimum score of 7 under each section;
- Exemplary level performance: a CCS score of 40 or more, with a minimum score of 7 under each section.
Considerate Constructors Scheme Update 2019
From the 1st January 2019, the Considerate Constructors Scheme has updated its scoring methodology as follows:
From the monitoring visit assessing performance against the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice, the highest score achievable will be 45 – a maximum of 9 points per category – meaning the site, company or supplier is performing to exceptional standards across the five sections.
Following the final monitoring visit to a registered site, company or supplier, certificates are issued dependant on the scores across the five sections of the Monitor’s Site Report. Certificates of Compliance are awarded to those who have scored 5 or more in each of the sections, while a Certificate of Performance Beyond Compliance is awarded to those scoring 7 or more in each of the five areas.
The site will usually undergo at least 2 site inspections by an appointed CCS Site Monitor, usually one quarter and two thirds of the way through the registration, unless they are of short duration and will therefore receive only one visit.
- Care about Appearance - external appearance, clean and tidy site, etc.
- Respect the Community - informing and showing courtesy to those affected by the works, minimising impact of deliveries and parking etc, supporting the local community, etc.
- Protect the Environment - managing works to minimise the impact of vibration, air, light and noise pollution and protecting the local ecology
- Secure Everyone's Safety - ensuring safety of the pubic, visitors and workforce and minimising security risks to neighbours.
- Value their Workforce - providing a supportive and caring working environment.
Within the Site Monitor's Report there will be a summary under each section which will include areas where improvements can be made. The first Monitor's Report can therefore be very useful for ensuring that the project is on track for achieving the score required or identifying where actions are required. The BREEAM credits are awarded at PC stage, based on the final Monitor's Report and Certificate of Compliance.
Where the project is looking to gain credits under the RFO assessment, the Additional Information includes examples of considerate construction practices which can be followed to provide possible ways of meeting the criteria for one credit for a small or low-value project.
 Questions to ask while seeking compliance
It is useful to ask the contractor or project team to forward the Site Monitor's reports as they are issued so compliance can be monitored throughout the construction period and any issues can be raised at an early stage whilst it can still be rectified. If the site has scored low on their final report, there is an opportunity to pay for an additional visit.
- Considerate Construction - easy win top 10 issue
- BREEAM UK New Construction 2014 Issue 5.0 - Man03
- BREEAM UK Refurbishment and Fit Out 2014 Issue 1.1 - Man03
- New Construction 2014 Knowledge Base link for Man03 Issues
- Non Domestic Refurbishment and Fit Out Knowledge Base link for Man03 Issues
 Tips and best practice
 Typical evidence
 Post construction stage
Where only 1 credit is being targeted under Man03 for a RFO assessment, for small-scale or low-value projects without registration under CCS, then post construction evidence could include a site report summarising actions taken, site photos, site records, company policies etc.
 Applicable schemes
The guidelines collated in this ISD aim to support sustainable best practice in the topic described. This issue may apply in multiple BREEAM schemes covering different stages in the life of a building, different building types and different year versions. Some content may be generic but scheme nuances should also be taken into account. Refer to the comments below and related articles to this one to understand these nuances. See this document for further guidelines.
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