What Is BREEAM?

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is a scheme to assess the sustainability and environmental performance of buildings in the UK.

BREEAM Ratings:

  • Outstanding: Score of ≥ 85%
  • Excellent: Score of ≥ 70%
  • Very Good: Score of ≥ 55%
  • Good: Score of > 45%
  • Pass: Score of > 30%
  • Unclassified: Score of < 30%

 

Who may be interested in BREEAM Assessments? 

BREEAM matters to stakeholders in both the construction and real estate sectors. Some of these people may be: 

  • Developers/Owners – The increase in marketability that comes with BREEAM certifications makes it an attractive prospect for developers and owners who want something to prove their building’s efficiency. 
  • Architects and Builders – BREEAM acts as modern guidelines for making buildings that will last, and the certification proves they’ve been followed to a high degree. 
  • Occupants and Tenants – A BREEAM certification being accredited to a building you live in ensures that you’re in a home that will last and that your money is spent efficiently. 
  • Investors and Financial Institutions – A recent change in the UK is the new focus on efficient home energy usage being pushed by the government, meaning inefficient businesses/homes are at a severe disadvantage in the eyes of investors. 
  • Local Authorities and Governments – The UK Government signed the Paris Accord, which compels them to bring carbon emissions down to a minimum or face a heavy fine, and inefficient buildings emit much more. 

 

Need Ecological Input? 

Getting BREEAM certification can bring many benefits to your properties and/or businesses:

  • Gain Market Recognition – High BREEAM ratings make your building attractive to potential tenants and/or investors. 
  • Tax Potential – Certification makes you more likely to qualify for tax reductions. 
  • Funding – The Government may pay for further Green technologies for a building with decent BREEAM ratings. 
  • Market Value – Checking many criteria in BREEAM demonstrates efficiency as well as many other benefits, possibly increasing the value of the property. 
  • Regulatory Compliance – A successful assessment demonstrates a commitment to regulatory and environmental standards. 

 

Indigo Surveys bring over two decades of experience and are skilled at providing ecological input for BREEAM Assessment, complete with a fantastic team available to support you throughout a development project. 

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Indigo Survey’s Ecological BREEAM services

While Indigo Surveys does not undertake BREEAM assessments themselves, we focus on Biodiversity Net Gain (BDN) which is a new, mandatory process for ecology. We provide ecological input designed to ensure that you are supported throughout any stage of a construction project and will be able to apply a BREEAM framework during any stage of construction development to ensure a high-ranking BREEAM building. 

There are five stages of a BREEAM Assessment that Indigo Surveys will provide ecological  input for to maximise your development’s chances of passing the assessment: 

  • Pre-Design – The pre-design stage involves deciding a lot of the foundational aspects of your building project. It’s hard to illustrate the amount of factors that are considered for maximum BREEAM efficacy at this stage, as it could decide things such as location, material make-up etc. With no predefined foundations, even material usage and local ecology are elements you may contend with. 
  • Design Stage – This stage focuses on inputting sustainability into the architectural bones of the project. The design of the building will be adjusted to ensure efficient use of resources such as energy and water. There will also be a discussion on the best shape and orientation. 
  • Construction Stage – Work is underway at this point. During the construction stage, assessors will closely monitor many of the processes on site. Some of these could be construction practices, material sourcing, waste management, site impacts and more. At this stage, a set plan is already being followed. Essentially, most of the assessors’ work will revolve around ensuring that the previous stages will be carried out, or rather, that the work going on is done according to BREEAM standards. 
  • Post Construction – The post-construction stage refers to the stage that comes after construction and before occupancy. It revolves around a lot of testing, checking for energy efficiency, water conservation and indoor environmental quality. It’s designed to find discrepancies between the design’s projected performance and genuine constructed performance. 
  • Existing Building – In-use assessments provide a framework for evaluating the current levels of efficiency. It will take a look at energy sources, consumption, water use and fixtures, the materials of the building’s fit-outs and refurbishments, and waste management – as well as ways to improve the efficiency of all of them. 

Conclusion

Indigo Surveys has twenty-plus years in ecological and building surveys and has built up a reputation for ensuring development plans go ahead at maximum efficiency, with the minimum of delay. Call us today for a free quote and help with achieving BREEAM certification. 

Andrew Turnbull

As a co-Director of this multidisciplinary company, Andrew handles various responsibilities related to business management, administration, and operations. His role involves tasks such as overseeing company structure and policies, managing creational control, handling marketing and events, engaging with clients, preparing quotations, managing contracts, coordinating with sub-contractors, and providing arboricultural consultancy.