Last edited 29 Jan 2021

How to track progress on a BREEAM Project


[edit] Information management or ‘tracker’ tools

This article provides a place to share what works best in terms of tracking progress on BREEAM related projects. If you do something different to what is already listed below please add it.

[edit] BREEAM approved software

[edit] Tracker+

  • We use Tracker+ with monthly reports sent out to design team
  • We use Tracker+ and add comments to this which can be downloaded in report format, I have some project teams that are happy to log into this.
  • From the principal contractor's point of view Tracker+ is the best, but only when used correctly as we have all the evidence in one place and can re-visit it. It saves us time and duplication of work.
  • Tracker+ is good but sometimes hard to convince everyone to use it

[edit] IES TaP

[edit] Other software

  • 4P - it may also called '4 Projects' or 'V for Projects'
  • 4P or Conject are common examples of document management on sites. It’s useful when assessors have access to them as all design partners including contractors and sub-contractors feed their documents there already. It means that no one needs to copy and paste from one software to another.
  • Most large project teams are familiar with using 4P and I generally ask if they can set up BREEAM folders on this which evidence can be linked to, I can then download this fairly easily and it saves times searching for evidence.
  • I use ProjectPlac, it is similar to Tracker+
  • 4P and other non BREEAM specific collaboration platforms can be a real problem in BREEAM assessment terms - they only provide flat folders in which to store evidence - feedback from the assessor is not tracked, its not easy to supersede or reject incorrect evidence and quite often its unclear when evidence is being provided on a large project where multiple documents are being uploaded on a daily basis.
  • Beware that on large collaboration sites such as 4P your notifications on unrelated documents will probably fill your inbox on a regular basis. Its never easy to make these sites specific to the BREEAM issues.

[edit] Excel

  • We tend to start in an Excel sheet and then move into Tracker+ particularly before design stage assessment as we submit the assessment through Tracker Plus. However we end up duplicating the updates on both Excel & Tracker plus. Now we are trying to move to Tracker+ early in Stage 3 and reduce reliance on Excel. Although we would have a one-page Excel summary (which is quick to update anyway).
  • I found that using an Excel spreadsheet is the easiest way to go. I've tried to use software tools, but I had a hard time convincing other team members to login and use them as well.
  • Excel will take some work at first to prepare, but once done, it will be the easiest for the project team to use and comprehend.
  • A password protected Excel is better than PDF as it is more flexible.
  • We don't normally issue the excel file, only a pdf, however if asked specifically for the excel sheet then we send it
  • I'm amazed assessors are still using Excel spreadsheets, they are bulky, corruptable, time intensive and require constant update - online portal systems such as IES TaP take the manual resource out of updating excel spreadsheets and you also effectively write your BREEAM Assessment report as you go - so once all the evidence has been received your report should be almost fully written.

[edit] Challenges

[edit] General communication

[edit] Email

  • When it comes to providing evidence on regular basis email is the best way
  • I find clients prefer to email evidence rather than upload to each of the BREEAM issues
  • Email issue of evidence is not ideal - they can often get lost within a busy inbox, subject titles can be misleading and attachments are easily corrupted or not backed up for recovery
  • Quite often emails only go to one person, or one inbox, meaning a team of BREEAM Assessors working in a busy assessment organisation cannot access evidence when required or evidence can be misplaced.

[edit] Meetings and progress reports

  • Presenting the trackers in regular (as a minimum, quarterly) meetings with the whole team present. Discuss responsibilities, changes, etc.
  • Connection with the Client and project Team via phone/e-mail with monthly reports and schedule of tasks
  • Issuing progress report to the project team is good to keep them up to date on what is still required
  • Monthly progress reports which include a colour coded table for each credit are also an easy way to demonstrate what has been received and what is outstanding (e.g. credit is red for no evidence and green for all evidence requirements fulfilled)

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--Multiple Author Article 21:52, 21 Apr 2018 (BST)

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