Last edited 13 Feb 2021

BREEAM assessor

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[edit] Introduction

BREEAM is the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Environmental Assessment Method, first launched in the UK in 1990. It sets best practice standards for the environmental performance of buildings through design, specification, construction and operation.

BREEAM sets benchmarks for standard categories of development (such as offices, retail developments, education buildings and healthcare buildings) and offers a bespoke scheme for non-standard buildings. It can be applied to new developments or refurbishment projects, and international schemes exist for projects outside of the UK.

The different stages of a scheme’s application and assessment process will typically require the services of a number of recognised BREEAM professionals:

[edit] Assessor

A qualified BREEAM assessor is an individual with the training, experience, authority and independence to:

[edit] Role of an assessor

Assessors are responsible for managing the assessment process and validating a project’s compliance against relevant BREEAM criteria. They co-ordinate the collection of information (or evidence), which will be used to evaluate the project/asset. This will involve attending meetings and undertaking site visits to gather information. However, assessors are not required to take part in regular design/project team meetings (unlike BREEAM advisory professionals).

Once the assessor has completed their assessment, they submit an assessment report with reference to an auditable trail of evidence, to BRE Global for a certification decision.

In most BREEAM schemes, it is the assessor’s responsibility to register the project with BRE Global at the beginning of the assessment. However, this is not the case for the BREEAM In-Use scheme. This covers the ongoing certification of a property asset and so, for this scheme, the client is responsible for registering the asset(s) with BRE Global (but a BREEAM In-Use Assessor can be appointed to conduct this on their behalf if requested). In all BREEAM schemes, the licensed assessor issues the final certificate to the client after receiving it from BRE Global.

[edit] Qualities required

An effective assessor is one who:

[edit] Who can be an assessor?

Typically, the assessor qualification and role are sought/held by building and real estate service providers and professionals, designers (including architects, engineers), and energy and environmental consultants. Many assessors also hold an advisory professional qualification and may perform both roles as long as they can identify and manage potential conflicts of interest.

[edit] Becoming an assessor

To achieve qualified assessor status, an individual must attend the appropriate scheme assessor training course and pass the associated exams. To be able to register, undertake and apply for certification of an assessment, the qualified assessor’s organisation must enter into an agreement with BRE Global for an assessment licence to be issued to the assessor. Once the agreement is in place the assessor is:

  • Licensed to offer and undertake scheme assessments.
  • Publicly listed by BRE Global as a licensed assessor.

Further information on BREEAM Assessor courses HERE.

[edit] Remaining competent

Ensuring a qualified assessor remains competent involves:

[edit] International assessor

Construction professionals globally can become qualified assessors by completing the BREEAM International New Construction Assessor online training course created by BRE Academy. More information is available HERE.

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