Delivering Sustainable Buildings: Savings and Payback, Office Case Study for BREEAM UK New Construction 2018
Delivering Sustainable Buildings: Savings and Payback, Office Case Study for BREEAM UK New Construction 2018, was written by Christopher Ward (BRE) and Adam Mactavish (Currie & Brown) and published by BRE in 2020.
BREEAM is the leading sustainability assessment and certification scheme for the built environment. The aim of the BREEAM schemes is to encourage continuous performance improvement and innovation by assessing developments against a broad range of requirements that go beyond standard practice. BREEAM rated developments are more sustainable environments.
This BRE Briefing Paper follows on previous work BRE has undertaken with Currie & Brown in 2014 and 2017 on the cost implications of achieving BREEAM UK New Construction ratings of ‘Very Good’ and ‘Excellent’ for a model office building. These previous studies challenged the perception that sustainable buildings are inevitably more costly to build, and added to the growing evidence base demonstrating the low costs of achieving greater sustainability.
The Briefing Paper concludes that:
- For both ‘Very Good’ scenarios, the BREEAM related capital cost uplifts over the baseline building’s overall construction costs are less than 0.25%.
- For the two ‘Excellent’ scenarios, the capital cost uplifts are less than 0.75%.
- The updated requirements in BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 have had very little impact on the additional capital costs of achieving ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’ ratings.
- The savings from the energy efficiency improvement measures required to achieve ‘Excellent’ ratings quickly payback the additional capital investment.
You can download the Briefing Paper at https://files.bregroup.com/breeam/briefingpapers/Delivering-Sustainable-Buildings-Savings-and-Payback-Office-Case-Study-BREEAM-NC-2018_BREEAM_BRE_115359_BriefingPaper.pdf
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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.