BREEAM Monitoring of Construction Site Impacts
 Aim and benefits
To recognise and encourage construction sites which are managed in an environmentally and socially considerate, responsible and accountable manner.
To focus the principal contractor and project team on the amount of energy and water consumption used during the construction process and to consider the CO2 emissions that result from the transportation of materials and waste to and from site. By monitoring and reviewing the data, this should hopefully encourage the principal contractor to identify areas where energy and water usage can be reduced and wastage minimised. By monitoring mileage and CO2 emissions from the transportation of materials and waste this may encourage them to look at the distance materials need to be transported and the number and types of deliveries required.
BRE are collating the data provided and may in future use this to establish targets.
 When to consider
The principal contractor will need to ensure recording processes are in place when commencing on site including taking initial meter readings and establishing procedures for recording mileage and deliveries and waste collection.
One person from the principal contractor's organisation; such as the site foreman, manager, logistics manager or sustainability champion; should be appointed to monitor, record and report the data required.
The contractor should maintain monthly records of any energy consumption as a result of the use of construction plant, equipment (mobile and fixed) and site accommodation. The records should therefore cover all temporary electric supplies (via meter readings), fuel or hours of use for generators, fuel used on site for plant. The data will need to be converted into kWh and CO2 emissions. Details of the generators may be required to allow the figures to be converted.
The contractor will also need to keep records and meter readings for the potable water used during the construction process. This may include water bowsers or bottled water where mains supplies are not available. This should be recorded in m3.
The contractor will also need to record the transport of construction materials to site and any waste taken from site. The records should include details of the materials and waste being transported, the type of vehicle (i.e. van or HGV) and the distance travelled. This will enable the litres of fuel and CO2 emissions to be calculated using conversion rates and the figures to be divided between materials and waste transportation.
- Materials used in major building elements as defined in the BREEAM issue of life cycle / environmental impact of materials, including insulation materials.
- Ground works and landscaping materials.
- Raw materials: transport data calculated from the supplier to the site, as consideration of the previous stages is too complicated and out of the contractor’s control.
- Manufactured / bespoke products: transport data calculated from the factory assembling the module in its final form to the site.
- For small islands: no consideration of the ferry transport is required as there is no choice in selecting this transport type. Transport data will take into account the total tracking: i.e. the delivery from the factory/supplier to the first port and from the second port to the site.
 Questions to ask while seeking compliance
What types of energy will be used on site i.e. generators or mains electricity. You may require the type and size of generator to enable conversions to CO2 emissions and kWh for reporting where temporary power supplies are being used.
Project value to enable consumption to be reported per £100k.
- Monitoring of construction site impacts - Top 10 easy win issue
- CO2 emissions can be obtained from the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/greenhouse-gas-reporting-conversion-factors-2017
 Tips and best practice
 Typical evidence
Records to show the energy consumption in kWh (and where relevant, litres of fuel used) as a result of the use of construction plant, equipment (mobile and fixed) and site accommodation and the total carbon dioxide emissions (kgC02/project value).
 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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- BREEAM Sustainability champion
- BREEAM Environmental management
- BREEAM Considerate construction
- BREEAM Monitoring of construction site impacts
- BREEAM Aftercare support
- BREEAM Seasonal commissioning
- BREEAM Testing and inspecting building fabric
- BREEAM Life cycle cost and service life planning
- BREEAM Stakeholder consultation (ac)
- BREEAM Commissioning (ac)
- BREEAM Handover (ac)
- BREEAM Inclusive and accessible design (ac)
- BREEAM Post occupancy evaluation
 Health and Wellbeing
- BREEAM Visual comfort Daylighting (partly ac)
- BREEAM Visual comfort View out
- BREEAM Visual comfort Glare control
- BREEAM Indoor air quality plan
- BREEAM Indoor air quality Ventilation
- BREEAM Thermal comfort
- BREEAM Internal and external lighting (ac)
- BREEAM Indoor pollutants VOCs (ac)
- BREEAM Potential for natural ventilation (ac)
- BREEAM Safe containment in laboratories (ac)
- BREEAM Acoustic performance
- BREEAM Safety and security (ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of energy use and carbon emissions
- BREEAM Energy monitoring
- BREEAM External lighting
- BREEAM Low carbon design
- BREEAM Passive design
- BREEAM Free cooling
- BREEAM LZC technologies
- BREEAM Energy efficient cold storage (partly ac)
- BREEAM Energy efficient transportation systems
- BREEAM Energy efficient laboratory systems
- BREEAM Energy efficient equipment (partly ac)
- BREEAM Drying space
- BREEAM Public transport accessibility
- BREEAM Sustainable transport measures
- BREEAM Proximity to amenities
- BREEAM Cyclist facilities
- BREEAM Alternative modes of transport (ac)
- BREEAM Maximum car parking capacity
- BREEAM Travel plan
- BREEAM Home office (ac)
- BREEAM Water consumption
- BREEAM Water efficient equipment
- BREEAM Water monitoring
- BREEAM Water leak detection (ac)
- BREEAM Hard landscaping and boundary protection
- BREEAM Responsible sourcing of materials
- BREEAM Insulation
- BREEAM Designing for durability and resilience
- BREEAM Life cycle impacts
- BREEAM Material efficiency (ac)
- BREEAM Construction waste management
- BREEAM Recycled aggregates
- BREEAM Speculative floor & ceiling finishes
- BREEAM Adaptation to climate change
- BREEAM Operational waste
- BREEAM Functional adaptability (ac)
 Land Use and Ecology
- BREEAM Site Selection
- BREEAM Ecological value of site
- BREEAM Protection of ecological features
- BREEAM Minimising impact on existing site ecology
- BREEAM Enhancing site ecology
- BREEAM Long term impact on biodiversity (ac)
- BREEAM Impact of refrigerants
- BREEAM NOx emissions
- BREEAM Flood risk management (ac)
- BREEAM Surface water run-off (ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of night time light pollution (partly ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of noise pollution
Once an ISD has been initially created the '(ac)' marker can be removed
This particular index is based around the structure of the New Construction and RFO schemes.