- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
- Specialist wikis
Last edited 11 Dec 2020
Delivering Sustainable Buildings: Savings and Payback - Office Case Study for BREEAM UK New Construction 2014
While the multitude of benefits associated with investing in sustainable development practices are increasingly being recognised, for all new construction projects there is always a bottom line impact to consider.
The latest BREEAM Briefing Paper, titled 'Delivering Sustainable Buildings: Savings and Payback – Office Case Study for BREEAM UK New Construction 2014', uses a speculative office building project that was the basis of a similar report three years ago to review the costs of sustainability today.
The new work takes account of several factors including the increased energy performance demands of Building Regulations Part L2A and the updated assessment criteria of BREEAM UK New Construction 2014. It also examines the difference between BREEAM uplift costs for a building meeting London Plan energy requirements and the same building not so constrained.
Gavin Dunn, Director at BRE, said:
“This Briefing Paper gives developers an updated picture of the cost implications of sustainable development. Both capital and lifecycle costs are considered. In particular, lifecycle costs are examined in respect of energy strategies, and water consumption, including different water supply tariffs.”
The report found that the cost uplift of achieving BREEAM UK New Construction 2014 Excellent ratings is typically less than one per cent of the total construction cost. Analysis of additional costs associated with BREEAM certification at a high standard in terms of energy efficiency and water saving technologies also showed that these costs are relatively modest and that forecast paybacks are quick – typically less than five years for energy and less than two years for water.
Adam Mactavish, operations director at Currie & Brown, points out: “Achieving a high rating under BREEAM 2014 can incur additional costs, but these are less than 1% of the total construction cost. Moreover, long-term savings on energy and water are substantial.”
The challenge for developers and clients is to make sure they consider these issues at an early stage in the design process to secure the benefits and take advantage of a building’s potential to deliver high performance standards by operating them efficiently.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
And CIOB's response.
Presidential update from CIAT's Eddie Weir PCIAT.
Rates freeze, NI cuts, full expensing; early election?
Could this be a remedy for condensation, damp or mould?
Unlocking a Healthier Tomorrow
Call for ministerial group and National Retrofit Delivery Plan.
The Great Transformation 1860–1920. Book review.
Including the devolved governments, CIOB, ECA, APM and IHBC.
AT awards small to medium size project category winner.
Formal and informal adaptive re-use or new use of buildings.
Temperatures hit new highs, yet world fails to cut emissions (again).
No longer enforcing certain waste transfer documentation.
Winners reactions during the event at the Park Plaza Hotel.
An exciting opportunity for stakeholders to collaborate.
Report from the BSRIA Briefing 2023, Cleaner Air, Better Tomorrow.