Tips for a new BREEAM assessor
 Good questions to ask
- Project’s particularities?
- What is the actual stage of the project? Timescale?
- Is a BREEAM AP appointed on the project?
- What is the client’s previous experience with BREEAM, do they understand the process and the role they play.
- What is the BREEAM level targeted? Is it achievable?
- Is BREEAM target a client’s choice or planning requirement?
- What meetings have already taken place? Are there minutes for these?
- What RIBA Stage are we at? Are the RIBA Stage sensitive credits still obtainable?
- Can all the mandatory credits be achieved?
- What steps must be priority?
 Early stages
 Applicable criteria
- Review the site location to see what credits are achieved by default i.e. Ecology, Flood Risk or Transport issues
- Always check for any building specific criteria
- Could this be a ‘Simple Building’?
- A pre-assessment can be completed on BREEAM Projects.
- What is the desired timescale for completing the pre-assessment?
- If you are aiming for a target rating aim 5% higher than you need. This will help you avoid missing the targeted level because of pitfalls on your project
- Make clear to the Team the type of evidential requirements and format
- Be specific and try to avoid quoting large part of the manual. Give similar examples from other projects (you are new so may need to be innovative or have a chat with more senior BREEAM assessor before the meeting)
 Assessment scope
- Check what minimum standards will apply
- Which compliance notes could affect you getting the credits?
- It is also possible to use Tracker Plus and IES Tap to create Pre-Assessments and gather evidence throughout the BREEAM assessment.
- Do not dismiss the available reporting tools such as IES TaP and Tracker+, some clients are fans
- Familiarise yourself with available tools and present to the client your opinion on which is the best but ultimately if client wants to use a particular one you should go with client’s selection.
- In order to start an assessment you will need to know the building type, scope of works and rating required
- Review what information is available
- and what stage the project is at to see if any early stage credits are achievable or have been missed
- What's driving the BREEAM assessment (e.g. planning requirement, client intent?)?
- Targeted BREEAM rating (e.g. Very Good, Excellent)
- Confirmation of current RIBA stage
- Budget of project.
- Project directory available listing all design team parties
- What's the type of contract (e.g traditional D&B)?
- Gross internal floor area confirmation.
- M&E design description.
- What is the sustainability approach? Has an LZC report been conducted? Is there an intent for use of renewables or any LZC technologies?
- Understand what has been designed in the scheme to date
- Understand the design and construction programme
- Register your scheme as soon as you are appointed, make sure you get the right scheme
 During assessment
 General advice
- Some project teams need more support, be proactive and prepare frequent updates but make it clear it’s not your job to win the credit for them
- Seek access to the owner of the building.
- You are an assessor not the AP (probably or in some cases), however it is expected of you to provide explanation or certain degree of support as you are the specialist! You have to be proactive if you want repeat business
- Competent communication with participants of the assessment
- Be as flexible as possible in terms of receiving evidence but ensure they address all the necessary criteria clearly
- Site Inspection Report is the most valuable and robust type of evidence.
- Always check with your clients if they need the certificate by a certain date, you may need to apply for fast track
 Personal qualities
- Be equipped with perseverance.
- Don’t pretend you know all the BREEAM Technical Requirements, nor to be an expert on each discipline (if any). Take time to understand the project and provide answers when you are clear.
- If unsure you can always use the Assessor Forum to consult the advice of other assessor’s, we are all always learning with every new project so never feel stupid to ask
- Always consult the Knowledge Base
- The Knowledge Base under BREEAM Projects is very useful source of information
- A great tool for tracking your BREEAM projects/ credits is a cloud based tracker called IES TaP: More info can be found here - IES TaP Website
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--Multiple Author Article 16:28, 19 Apr 2018 (BST)
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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 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.