BREEAM UK Domestic Refurbishment

What is BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment?

BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment provides a design and assessment method for sustainable domestic refurbishment projects, helping to improve the sustainability and environmental performance of existing dwellings in a robust and cost effective way.

The scheme allows developers, designers and Green Deal advisors to demonstrate their environmental credentials promote better design and give confidence to their customers. It also helps planners, regulators and asset managers (e.g. Registered Social Landlords) to set standards for refurbishment, and provides a market-focused label for more sustainable and higher quality refurbishments.

Providing a rating of Pass to Outstanding, BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment evaluates the environmental credentials of refurbishment projects based upon BREEAM's UKAS accredited certification standards already applied to over 200,000 buildings around the world.

Click here to view our free introductory video on BREEAM and refurbishment

To find out more about why you might want to get a rating for your refurbishment project, download the leaflet on the right of this page which highlights some of the benefits of BREEAM to householders, as well as some tips on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

To become a qualified BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment Assessor you can attend one of two courses, depending on your current qualifications. If you are a BRE Global licensed BREEAM, EcoHomes and Code for Sustainable Homes assessor you can become licensed by completing online training and taking an exam. New assessors can attend a two-day training course at BRE followed by an exam. Details of training for new and existing assessors and the dates of the next course can be found here.

For further information on the scheme, download a copy of the pre-assessment estimator and a copy of the technical manual from the resources page here and refer to our Frequently Asked Questions at the link on the right of this page.  You can also see our case study projects at the bottom of this page.

If you have any feedback on the scheme, please fill in our quick online survey.

Clients seeking a rating under the scheme can contact one of our licensed assessors via


You may also want to consider becoming a BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment Founding Member. This offer provides a number of benefits as well as a means of demonstrating your credentials by feeding into the future direction of the scheme.

Download a new report comparing EcoHomes and BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment

With EcoHomes being superseded by BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment on 1stJuly 2012, we have released a new comparison document to help with this transition to the new scheme.  This sets out the key differences between EcoHomes 2006 and BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment 2012 including a comparison using 4 case study projects.  It also demonstrates how the new scheme is better equipped for the assessment of refurbishment projects.

Planners and funding authorities that currently specify EcoHomes should use this to help them transfer to the new scheme.  BREEAM Assessors, clients and designers can also use this to understand the differences.  You can download a 2 page executive summary on the right of this page or alternatively you can read the full report here.