|Kai Tak Development: the reconstruction and upgrading of Kai Tuk Nullah (Hong Kong) achieved a ‘Good’ Client and Design CEEQUAL rating.|
The scheme encourages and promotes the attainment of high economic, environmental and social performance in all forms of civil engineering through identifying and applying best practice. It aims to assist clients, designers and contractors to deliver improved sustainability performance and strategy in a project or contract, during specification, design and construction.
Based in the UK, CEEQUAL has been operating since 2003 and has been available internationally since 2011. This article explains the overall CEEQUAL Methodology and the International Edition of the Assessment Manual, which is applicable to the assessment, rating and improvement of projects anywhere in the world.
CEEQUAL uses a self-assessment process in which CEEQUAL-trained assessors rigorously assess project or contract strategy and performance on a range of environmental and social issues, arranged in nine sections.
Assessors use the appropriate CEEQUAL manual to score performance against questions relevant to their project or contract. They do this by collecting evidence to support their scores for each question. Questions in the assessment manual that are irrelevant to the project are scoped-out.
Once the assessment score is ratified, the project or contract team is granted an award based on the percentage score achieved. They are then presented with a CEEQUAL award certificate that demonstrates their level of achievement on the Pass – Good – Very Good – Excellent scale.
All Assessment manuals have the same structure in nine sections (listed below) and similar question topics, but there are some differences between the questions in the Projects and Term Contracts manuals related to the nature of the work being assessed. The sections are:
- Project Strategy
- Project Management
- People & Communities
- Land use & Landscape
- Historic Environment
- Ecology & Biodiversity
- Water Environment
- Physical Resources: use and management
 Why was CEEQUAL International created?
CEEQUAL’s move to create an International Edition was driven by overseas enquiries and a desire by UK users with international interests to use the CEEQUAL Assessment Methodology on, and secure its beneficial influence on performance for, their projects beyond the UK & Ireland.
Through the commitment of many experts working for the benefit of the industry, the resulting International Edition of the Assessment Manual for Projects is applicable anywhere in the world.
Roger Venables, CEEQUAL Chief Executive 2006-15 said: “I am delighted to have been able to run our training courses and awareness-raising sessions in the UAE, Hong Kong and Sweden, and to increasing uptake of CEEQUAL for International Projects across the rest of the world.”
A key feature of CEEQUAL is the weighting of the question scores. With CEEQUAL International, blanket use of the established UK & Ireland weightings and scores is felt to be inappropriate because of differences in physical environmental conditions and/or cultural influences. A project team using CEEQUAL International therefore needs to work with CEEQUAL and others in the area to create a set of weightings for their specific country or region.
A weightings exercise for Hong Kong was completed in 2013 and led to an International Manual with Hong Kong-weighted scores, and which is now in full use there. In addition, CEEQUAL-led weights surveys are under way in Sweden and other Nordic Countries; they will also be started shortly for the Gulf States region.
Each Assessor also needs to take into consideration the local regulations and practice of each country where the assessed project is located when applying the CEEQUAL questions to their project. In addition, with CEEQUAL’s agreement, the Manual can be translated into other languages, as has already been done by Swedish users.
In support of this approach, region-specific references and explanation of terms will be presented on the Online Document Library for assessors and verifiers. This will enable assessors to present to clients and colleagues wherever they are working a manual relevant to their needs and ways of working, while maintaining the rigour of the overall CEEQUAL scheme and comparability of results.
 Developing the use of CEEQUAL International
Participants from outside the UK and Ireland are welcome to attend UK training courses, and CEEQUAL Assessor Training Courses outside the UK & Ireland have been held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sweden and Hong Kong.
We are very happy to receive requests and invitations to run CEEQUAL Assessor Training Courses elsewhere.
- Significant improvements to projects and contracts through adoption of best practice’
- Reputation-building and good PR.
- Cost savings through CEEQUAL’s influencing role (for example, one project reported a cost save of 3.3% [£5 million] due partly to changes triggered by consideration of CEEQUAL questions).
- Demonstrating commitment to the sustainability agenda, and providing public recognition of your work.
- Enhanced team spirit.
CEEQUAL was developed by a team led by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), supported by the Institution’s Research & Development Enabling Fund and the UK Government. The Scheme is operated by CEEQUAL Ltd, which since 1 November 2015 has been owned by BRE Global Ltd.
For a discussion about how the International Edition of CEEQUAL for Projects could be applied to your projects, please contact the Scheme Management Team at [email protected] or call +44 (0)333 014 7880.
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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
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