Building Back Better: Social impact
In its work to provide resources for the construction sector, BREEAM has created the online briefing hub, ‘Building Back Better with BREEAM: Supporting the green recovery’. The hub gathers a collection of briefing papers that reflect BREEAM’s position on important issues.
The BREEAM vision for a fair and appropriate built environment is one that demonstrates social sensitivity in a manner that intentionally benefits the long-term economic growth, wellbeing, resilience and inclusion of people within their communities. To reflect this vision, BREEAM has published a briefing paper, 'Encouraging positive social impact and equity using BREEAM'.
- Encouraging social impacts and equity as key considerations at each life cycle stage.
- Driving the delivery of positive social impacts and value as an output from the development and operation of built assets.
- Contributing to and encouraging innovation in the assessment and measurement of built environment related social impacts.
- Rewarding built assets that generate positive social impact and value.
- Incentivising the development and operation of socially equitable places.
- Health and wellbeing of asset users and local communities. A built environment that ensures physical, social, intellectual and emotional wellness.
- Behaviour change and awareness raising. Solutions that encourage people to make the most sustainable choice.
- Accessibility and inclusivity. Design and operations that make environments usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible without the need for adaptation or specialised design
- Resilience, safety and security. Promoting practices that mitigate risks, successfully endure shocks and identify opportunities to adapt and thrive in our changing world.
- Asset user and community involvement and engagement. Activities that promote active participation and involvement of built environment asset users and stakeholders in decision making processes
- Local investment. Supporting investment in local businesses and supply chains, providing training to and upskilling of the local community and offering long-term employment opportunities to local people.
- Social justice and responsible leadership. Ensuring the needs of communities are fairly met with equity, diversity and inclusion at the heart of the project, and that human exploitation is eradicated.
 Looking ahead
BREEAM intends to continue its work in this area by collaborating with global stakeholders to create a universal understanding of social impact - regardless of geographic and cultural differences. This will include language and guidance for successful delivery, adoption and results.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
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- Building Back Better: Circularity and BREEAM.
- Building Back Better: Health.
- Building Back Better: Net zero carbon and BREEAM.
- Building Back Better: Resilience.
- Building back better with BREEAM.
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- Changing lifestyles in the built environment.
- Collaborative practices for building design and construction.
- Health in the built environment.
- Inclusive design.
- Social Sustainability at Master-planning Stage.
- Sustainability in building design and construction.
- The role of civil engineering in designing out loneliness.
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.