Last edited 25 Feb 2021

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BREEAM independent party

BREEAM UK New Construction, Non-domestic Buildings (United Kingdom), Technical Manual, SD5078: BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 3.0, published by BRE Global Limited, suggests an independent party is:

‘A third party or a person or body internal to a party involved (parties involved are typically a supplier (1st party) or purchaser (2nd party)), who shall not be involved in the issue in question, and shall not have conflicts of interests resulting from their position. To comply with the criterion relating to the use of an independent party, the client or design team needs to demonstrate either:

  1. They have used a party independent of the design process to conduct the necessary consultation exercise; OR
  2. If the consultation is to be carried out by an organisation involved with the design of the building, e.g. the project architect, then they must present the assessor with evidence that robustly demonstrates the independence of the consultation process. BREEAM has not attempted to define what form this evidence must take; the onus is on the design team or relevant individual to clearly demonstrate to the BREEAM Assessor a credible level of independence.’

--BRE Group

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