Last edited 14 May 2018

Tips for a new BREEAM assessor

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[edit] Pre-appointment

[edit] 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?

[edit] Early stages

[edit] Applicable criteria

[edit] Pre-Assessment

  • 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

[edit] Briefing the client

  • 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)

[edit] Assessment scope

  • Check what minimum standards will apply
  • Which compliance notes could affect you getting the credits?

[edit] Assessment tools

  • 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.

[edit] Consultants

[edit] Project info

[edit] Registration

  • Register your scheme as soon as you are appointed, make sure you get the right scheme

[edit] During assessment

[edit] 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

[edit] Report completion

[edit] Checklist

  • Create a checklist and review before you issue your report

[edit] Evidence

  • 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.

[edit] Referencing

  • Be as specific as possible in referencing, it makes your life and the QA team’s life a lot easier

[edit] Timescale

  • Always check with your clients if they need the certificate by a certain date, you may need to apply for fast track

[edit] 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.
  • Patience

[edit] Resources

[edit] BREEAM Forum

  • 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

[edit] Knowledge Base

[edit] BREEAM Project Management Tool


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--Multiple Author Article 16:28, 19 Apr 2018 (BST)