Basic BREEAM Process
How does BREEAM happen, where to start, how does it run.
 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
 Questions to ask while seeking compliance
- What features do we want this building to have?
- How sustainable do we want this building to be?
- What are the most important design elements to us?
- Does BREEAM assist with this?
- Do we want recognised for our efforts through BREEAM?
 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.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- An introduction to BREEAM.
- Building Research Establishment.
- BREEAM and CEEQUAL.
- BREEAM In-Use International.
- BREEAM USA.
- BREEAM: Value multiplies while costs plummet.
- BREEAM Wiki.
- Code for Sustainable Homes.
- Green rating systems.
- Iran - market potential for BREEAM.
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
- Ska rating.
- WELL and BREEAM align.
Issue support documents
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- BREEAM Sustainability champion
- BREEAM Environmental management
- BREEAM Considerate construction
- BREEAM Monitoring of construction site impacts
- BREEAM Aftercare support
- BREEAM Seasonal commissioning
- BREEAM Testing and inspecting building fabric
- BREEAM Life cycle cost and service life planning
- BREEAM Stakeholder consultation (ac)
- BREEAM Commissioning (ac)
- BREEAM Handover (ac)
- BREEAM Inclusive and accessible design (ac)
- BREEAM Post occupancy evaluation
 Health and Wellbeing
- BREEAM Visual comfort Daylighting (partly ac)
- BREEAM Visual comfort View out
- BREEAM Visual comfort Glare control
- BREEAM Indoor air quality plan
- BREEAM Indoor air quality Ventilation
- BREEAM Thermal comfort
- BREEAM Internal and external lighting (ac)
- BREEAM Indoor pollutants VOCs (ac)
- BREEAM Potential for natural ventilation (ac)
- BREEAM Safe containment in laboratories (ac)
- BREEAM Acoustic performance
- BREEAM Safety and security (ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of energy use and carbon emissions
- BREEAM Energy monitoring
- BREEAM External lighting
- BREEAM Low carbon design
- BREEAM Passive design
- BREEAM Free cooling
- BREEAM LZC technologies
- BREEAM Energy efficient cold storage (partly ac)
- BREEAM Energy efficient transportation systems
- BREEAM Energy efficient laboratory systems
- BREEAM Energy efficient equipment (partly ac)
- BREEAM Drying space
- BREEAM Transport assessment and travel plan
- BREEAM Public transport accessibility
- BREEAM Sustainable transport measures
- BREEAM Proximity to amenities
- BREEAM Cyclist facilities
- BREEAM Alternative modes of transport (ac)
- BREEAM Maximum car parking capacity
- BREEAM Travel plan
- BREEAM Home office (ac)
- BREEAM Water consumption
- BREEAM Water efficient equipment
- BREEAM Water monitoring
- BREEAM Water leak detection (ac)
- BREEAM Hard landscaping and boundary protection
- BREEAM Responsible sourcing of materials
- BREEAM Insulation
- BREEAM Designing for durability and resilience
- BREEAM Life cycle impacts
- BREEAM Material efficiency (ac)
- BREEAM Construction waste management
- BREEAM Recycled aggregates
- BREEAM Speculative floor & ceiling finishes
- BREEAM Adaptation to climate change
- BREEAM Operational waste
- BREEAM Functional adaptability (ac)
 Land Use and Ecology
- BREEAM Site Selection
- BREEAM Ecological value of site
- BREEAM Protection of ecological features
- BREEAM Minimising impact on existing site ecology
- BREEAM Enhancing site ecology
- BREEAM Long term impact on biodiversity (ac)
- BREEAM Impact of refrigerants
- BREEAM NOx emissions
- BREEAM Flood risk management (ac)
- BREEAM Surface water run-off (ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of night time light pollution (partly ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of noise pollution
Once an ISD has been initially created the '(ac)' marker can be removed
This particular index is based around the structure of the New Construction and RFO schemes.