Last edited 16 Jul 2018

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BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 changes summary


[edit] Introduction

This is a simple summary of the main changes only from a working assessor

[edit] Related resources

[edit] Management

[edit] Man03 – Responsible Construction Practices:

[edit] Man04 – Commissioning and Handover: (n/a to shell assessments)

[edit] Health and Wellbeing

[edit] Hea01 – Visual Comfort :

[edit] Hea02 – Indoor Air Quality :

[edit] Hea06 – Security :

[edit] Hea07 – Safe Access and Healthy Surroundings :

[edit] Energy

[edit] Ene01 – Reduction of Energy Use and Carbon Emissions :

[edit] Ene03 – External Lighting :

  • Minimum luminous efficacy requirements have been raised to 70 luminaire lumens per circuit watt (previously 60)

[edit] Ene08 – Energy Efficient Equipment : (n/a to shell or shell and core assessments)

  • Small power has been removed as an entry in the examples of solutions table to reflect it may not be installed as part of the project works and rather will be a tenant fit out item.
  • Where there is no unregulated energy consuming equipment being installed, the credit can now be filtered out.

[edit] Transport

[edit] Tra01 – Transport Assessment and Travel Plan :

  • Travel Plan requirements from Tra05 have been relocated to Tra01. The travel plan must include information on the site’s Accessibility Index and Proximity to Amenities (formerly issues Tra01 and Tra02).

[edit] Tra02 – Sustainable Transport Measures:

  • New issue which incorporates the requirements of Tra03 and 04.
  • 10 credits are available dependant on the number of points scored. Number of points required is related to the Accessibility Index i.e. more sustainable transport measures will be required where there are poor transport links
  • Points are awarded based on how many of the sustainable transport measures have been followed/implemented within the scheme. London sites will generally need to score 6-8 points to gain the full 10 credits.
  • Point scoring system and options are set out in the table 7.4. (Author suggestion for the measures which should be targeted, and these will give 8 points for full credits in London generally are 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

[edit] Materials

[edit] Mat01 – Environmental Impacts from Construction Products - LCA :


[edit] Mat02 – Environmental Impacts from Construction Products - EPD:

  • A maximum of 4 points can be achieved under each category, although there are no weightings or restrictions placed on the amount or volume of materials specified with EPDs, which could be exploited.

[edit] Mat03 – Responsible Sourcing of Materials:

[edit] Waste

[edit] Wst01 – Construction Site Waste Management:

[edit] Wst02 – Use of Recycled and Sustainably Sourced Aggregates:

  • The way this issue is assessed and scored has been changed radically. Points are calculated based on aggregate type, amount, distance travelled and region aggregate was located.

[edit] Wst06 – Design for Disassembly and Adaptability:

  • This issue is now split into 2 credits – one for recommendations (Stage 1-2) and one for Implementation (Stage 4). Additional focus on disassembly.

[edit] Land Use and Ecology

[edit] LE02- LE05 :

  • The ecology section has been completely rewritten. An ecological site survey and evaluation must be completed at Stage 1 for any credits to be awarded. Where there is little or no ecology, an ecologist is not necessarily required (a checklist needs to be completed to see if Route 1 (no ecologist) can be adopted). However, the amount of credits that can be achieved using Route 1 is capped to 5, out of a possible 11 where Route 2 is adopted (using an ecologist).
  • The ecologist must be involved and collaborate with the design team during the Concept Design to optimise the ecological value of the site and the scope for limiting negative impacts and maximising the enhancement opportunities.

[edit] Pollution

[edit] Pol02 – Local Air Quality

  • NOx, VOCs and particulate matters are now assessed and benchmarks for the NOx emissions have been revised dependant on the heating and hot water system being installed

[edit] Pol03 – Flood and Surface Water Management :

  • There is now a requirement for a 30% reduction in surface water run-off for brownfield sites (still set at no change for greenfield sites)

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--Jane Morning 17:02, 16 Jul 2018 (BST)