Last edited 29 Jan 2021

Tips for a new BREEAM assessor

Contents

[edit] Pre-appointment

[edit] Good questions to ask

[edit] Early stages

[edit] Applicable criteria

[edit] Pre-Assessment

[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

[edit] Assessment tools

[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

[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

[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)

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