Last edited 06 Dec 2020

Basic BREEAM Process

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[edit] Aim and benefits

How does BREEAM happen, where to start, how does it run.

[edit] When to consider

If BREEAM is to be pursued on a project it should be approached from the very beginning of the process. There are a lot of things that need considered not just in the design and choice of site but also the management of the job. The sooner the better.

Having a BREEAM assessor or BREEAM AP (accredited professional) on board early will ensure credits which need considered early are highlighted.

[edit] Step-by-step guidance

BREEAM is considered at the earliest point in the job.

A BREEAM Assessor and / or BREEAM AP is appointed early and a BREEAM pre-assessment workshop held with the whole design team. This will allow the team to discuss what they want the development to achieve, what is possible and what needs to be reviewed and considered. The BREEAM rating that is being aimed for should be agreed.

When it is known a BREEAM assessment is definitely going to be carried out, the site should be registered.

After the pre-assessment workshop it is important that stage dependent credits are being followed. The project manager should be fully aware of the requirements so the process is smooth. A BREEAM AP is a great benefit for this reason.

During the design stage the evidence for the design stage process should be submitted to the BREEAM assessor for review. Once all of the BREEAM evidence is submitted and approved by the assessor the assessment is submitted to the BRE for Quality Assurance (QA) and certification.

The QA process can mean some queries are received and the assessor and design team will need to address these and resubmit for certification. The queries can range from missing evidence to apparent non-compliances.

Once all QA comments are closed out the project will received its interim design stage certificate.

Once the project is on site the Assessor may have a BREEAM kick off meeting with the construction team so they are fully aware of the requirements of the BREEAM assessment. This assists in the smooth running of the post construction assessment.

Evidence for the post construction assessment should be submitted as it becomes available. The majority of evidence will be available near competition.

The assessor will carry out several site inspections during construction. This will vary depending on the size of the project. Bigger projects may need more inspection.

Once all post construction evidence has been submitted to and approved by the BREEAM Assessor the assessment is submitted to the BRE for QA and certification. Again queries from the QA team may be received back, in which case they will need addressed and the assessment resubmitted.

Once all QA comments are closed out the project will receive its final BREEAM certificate.

[edit] Questions to ask while seeking compliance

[edit] Tools and resources

[edit] Tips and best practice

Having a good line of communication with the BREEAM Assessor or BREEAM AP will be of a great benefit to the project and design team. A helpful and supportive BREEAM AP will assist the team in delivering compliance and facilitate more straight forward certification.

BRE Global does not endorse any of the content posted and use of this content will not guarantee the meeting of certification criteria.

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