BREEAM CERTIFICATION

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is one of the world's most popular environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.

Born in 1990, it has been carried out in more than 45 countries around the world, with about 45 million square meters of certified properties.

All types of buildings worldwide can be classified according to BREEAM standards.

Standard schemes have been developed for the most common types of buildings such as offices, logistics or industrial complexes, shopping malls etc. The BREEAM Bespoke schemes can instead be used to assess the types of buildings that are defined as "non standard" (such as: Hotels, Governmental residences, Cinemas buildings etc.).

How does the evaluation process work:

BREEAM is an independent tool for assessment of the environmental impacts associated with construction projects.

To achieve the BREEAM certification is necessary to evaluate and demonstrate the level of sustainability of the property on the basis of credits obtained within approximately 70 different issues, divided in the following ten categories :

  • Management
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Land Use & Ecology
  • Pollution
  • Innovation

Credits are awarded based on the level of actual performance; the score in the each category is then weighted to reflect the importance of each category. The weighted results are summarized and the final score is awarded with one of the following assessment: Pass, Good , Very Good , Excellent or Outstanding.




THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS


 

a)     The Pre-Assessment

 

The purpose of a BREEAM pre-assessment is to:

 

Confirm those credits that have been identified as a framework for the minimum targeted rating; and confirm the supporting information to be submitted at the certified assessment stage and thereby enable the team to address BREEAM requirements at the earliest opportunity and the appropriate stage in the design with the aim of reducing the need for design reiterations.

 

Under BREEAM New Construction methodology, the certified assessment comprises either two phases, the Design Stage (DS) and the Post Construction Review (PCR), or single phase Post Construction Assessment (PCA), though the latter is less common.

 

b)     The Design Stage (DS) Assessment

 

Following completion of detailed design, the appropriate supporting evidence in the form of:

-         detailed drawings,

-         specifications,

-         manufacturers’ information

-          etc.

will be available.

 

The collation and review (evaluation against BREEAM criteria) of the above mentioned information will allow to produce a BREEAM DS Assessment that will be submitted to the BRE for quality assurance and ‘interim’ certification of the assessment undertaken, following which, it is anticipated that the ‘Interim’ DS BREEAM certificates will be issued by the BRE.

 

c)      The Post Construction Review (PCR)

 

The next step it will be the PCR assessment, it will be performed  to confirm that building is either built to the BREEAM DS specifications, or if there are variances from the DS these are documented, reassessed, and a new rating determined.

 

The PCR assessment comprises:

-         site visits at or towards the end of completion

-         review of each issues

-         Issues assessment where there is no DS assessment (in case of variations)

-         Collation of documentary evidence recorded to confirm that the building complies with the requirements for PCR assessment.

 

On completion of the PCR assessment, a Final Certified BREEAM Report will be submitted to the BRE for final certification and quality assurance for the scheme.

 

 

OUR SERVICE

 

Breeam certification process preformed by a Breeam International Assessor with the support of a dedicated specialist staff for Energy Modelling and Commissioning activities

 

Our service includes the below mentioned activities:

 

a)  Develop of preliminary assessment to provide to the final Client information on whether the building is suitable for certification, and if so, at what level;

 

b)   Active participation of our BREEAM International Assessor in the whole process of certification issuing opinions on the project during design phase and implementation of sustainable construction strategies.

 

c)  Verification of documents submitted by designers and contractors to meet the Breeam requirements for certification;

 

d)     Training with certification rules for the project team, and the Main  Contractors (sub-contractors, not included);

 

e)      Register service of projects to BRE (all registration and certification fees due to BRE are excluded);

 

f)        Advisory assistance in selecting the optimal options, measures and scope of activities to achieve the target rating level and providing guidance on how to perform other actions (tender specifications, organizing the construction site, searching for building materials) in order to obtain a satisfactory number of points (performing tender specification and other documentation is excluded)

 

g)     Energy modelling with Breeam compliant software

 

h)      Systems' Commissioning

 

i)        Inspections on site;

 

j)    Obtaining and delivering the certificate to Client – Interim BREEAM Certificate (Design Stage) issued by BRE and Final BREEAM Certificate (Post-Construction Stage) 

 

Please note: In our team we currently have one people with the title of BREEAM International Assessor, who supports all the stakeholders about certification systems to achieve the goal established in the beginning.