Last edited 17 May 2018

Main author

Azita Dezfouli Institute / association

BREEAM Sustainability champion


[edit] Aim and benefits

The BREEAM Sustainability Champion AKA BREEAM AP helps to achieve project's BREEAM targets and maximise opportunities for project performance

Many clients appreciate the support of their proactive BREEAM AP to explain the BREEAM criteria and requirements to them and provide templates for their reports

[edit] When to consider

The earlier in the design process the better - at Concept Design stage (RIBA stage 0-2)

[edit] Step by step guidance

[edit] RIBA stage 0-2

  • Client to appoint BREEAM AP
  • BREEAM AP should attend a key design team meeting and/or preferably run a separate BREEAM workshop session to set BREEAM targets and identify potential opportunities and challenging credits. A proactive BREEAM AP would list those credits which require actions at early stages and liaise with relevant consultants in charge to unsure documents are created prior to RIBA stage 2 freeze.
  • BREEAM assessor, if appointed at this time, or the BREEAM AP could run a BREEAM Pre-assessment based on the design documents at RIBA stage 2. This is useful to check the project against BREEAM performance and individual credit performance. The pre-assessment report is also helpful for planning or funding applications

[edit] RIBA stage 3-4

  • BREEAM AP should attend the key design team meetings as a minimum to ensure BREEAM performance targets are not lost.
  • BREEAM APs to record all their meeting minutes and correspondence with the project team to demonstrate progress against BREEAM targets

[edit] RIBA stage 5-6

[edit] Questions to ask while seeking compliance

The main issues for this credit compliance is to have proper and clear meeting minutes and communication documents to demonstrate involvement of the BREEAM AP. So the questions to be asked are;

If a BREEAM AP is officially appointed and if all the AP correspondence are documented?

[edit] Tools and resources

[edit] Tips and best practice

BREEAM AP role and BREEAM assessment can be taken by the same person but a letter must be provided to declare any conflict of interest

[edit] Typical evidence

  • Appointment documents
  • Meeting minutes
  • Trackers and reports to demonstrate progress against the target
  • Handover notes, if necessary

[edit] 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.

  • List applicable schemes here

--Azita Dezfouli 16:30, 10 Jan 2018 (BST)

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