BREEAM UK New Construction

BREEAM UK New Construction is an assessment method that is used to improve, measure and certify the social, environmental and economic sustainability of new buildings.

This is achieved through the integration and use of the scheme by clients and their project teams at key stages in the design and construction process. BREEAM New Construction addresses the major sustainability issues that arise when constructing a new building using the following nine key categories:

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

Within the categories issues such as acoustic performance, construction site impacts and the responsible sourcing of materials are addressed. The assessment of the project against these issues enables the client, through the BREEAM Assessor and the BRE Global certification process, to measure, evaluate and reflect the performance of their new building against best practice in an independent and robust manner.

To have a new building formally certified, the services of an independent BRE Global licensed BREEAM New Construction Assessor must be employed. Throughout the assessment, the specifications of the new building will be assessed by the licenced BREEAM Assessor who will verify that the building meets the requirements as outlined in the BREEAM New Construction Technical Manual, validate the evidence obtained, and request final formal certification.

Quotes from previous clients of BREEAM:  

The Co-operative Group website says of One Angel Square, Manchester ..

‘By designing to the BREEAM standards we aim to save 40-60% of our current energy costs in the head office complex. Our new home will create a benchmark for every other UK business and showcase what can be achieved through a socially responsible approach to design and construction.’

Adrian Slade, Westmark said of Horizon House, Bristol ..

"The high BREEAM target score set by Westmark was pivotal in securing the Environment Agency as a prestigious and long term tenant. It also gives the tenant the opportunity to reduce running costs, the extent of this being determined by how they choose to use the building services incorporated into the design."

Briefing presentation

Slides from the recent BREEAM UK New Construction 2014 briefing event presentation can be downloaded from the right hand panel