BREEAM Construction waste management
 Aim and benefits
 When to consider
 Pre demolition audit
A pre-demolition audit should be produced by the company doing the demolition (this could be the main contractor or a demolition contractor). Make sure it lists any materials on the existing site, amounts and potential applications.
Make sure the pre-demolition audit is referenced in the RMP/SWMP
A compliant RMP is one that defines:
- A target benchmark for resource efficiency, i.e. m³ of waste per 100m² or tonnes of waste per 100m².
- Procedures and commitments for minimising non-hazardous waste in line with the target benchmark.
- Procedures for minimising hazardous waste.
- A waste minimisation target and details of waste minimisation actions to be undertaken.
- Procedures for estimating, monitoring, measuring and reporting hazardous and non-hazardous site waste. If waste data is obtained from licensed external waste contractors, the data needs to be reliable and verifiable, e.g. by using data from EA/SEPA/EA Wales/NIEA Waste Return Forms.
- Procedures for sorting, reusing and recycling construction waste into defined waste groups (see additional guidance section), either on-site or through a licensed external contractor.
- Procedures for reviewing and updating the plan.
- The name or job title of the individual responsible for implementing the above.
When setting targets ask the contractor to look back at previous projects final waste figures to give a sensible estimate for the next project. It is easy to set a tight target and get credits at the design stage, but if the target is not met, credits may be lost at Post Construction stage.
 Questions to ask while seeking compliance
- Is site team aware that an RMP is required and must be updated throughout construction?
- Is the demolition contractor aware that a pre-demolition audit must be carried out before demolition?
- Is the demolition contractor aware that diversion from landfill rates will be needed after demolition has taken place?
Follow guidance from:
- Defra (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/waste-and-recycling
- BRE (Building Research Establishment Ltd) https://www.bre.co.uk/Waste_and_recycling.html
- WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) http://www.wrap.org.uk/
- Welsh Government. http://gov.wales/?lang=en
 Tips and best practice
Most contractors will have other useful documents that may be used to supplement SWMPs where they don’t contain all the information needed, such as a Project Environmental Plan. Reference this and submit as evidence.
 Typical evidence
- Pre-demolition audit.
- Final waste figures.
- Waste carrier records.
- Project Environmental Plan.
 Applicable schemes
The guidelines collated in this issue support document 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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--Alison Ewins 11:36, 23 Feb 2018 (BST)
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- BREEAM Operational waste.
- BRE SMARTwaste.
- Circular economy.
- Definition of waste: Code of practice.
- Delivering waste efficiency in commercial buildings: A guide for facilities managers.
- Environmental plan.
- Landfill tax.
- Materials Management Plan (MMP).
- Recyclable construction materials.
- Site Waste Management Plan.
- Waste management plan for England.
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