BREEAM UK Non-Domestic Refurbishment and Fit-Out

BREEAM is the industry mark of best practice for sustainable refurbishment and fit-out.

Projects currently seeking certification can use either:

  • BREEAM 2008 for fit-out and refurbishment or;
  • BREEAM New Construction 2011 for major refurbishment.

For further details of the BREEAM 2008 or BREEAM New Construction 2011 schemes see here.

If you would like to rate the In-Use performance of an existing building or portfolio of buildings, you can use BREEAM In-Use.  See here for further information.

New - download statistics on BREEAM Refurbishment using the download on the right.  This includes average BREEAM ratings, average category scores and building types.


Coming Soon - BREEAM UK Non-Domestic Refurbishment and Fit-Out 2014

Traditionally BREEAM has included refurbishment, fit-out and new build assessments as part of the same methodology and scheme as is the case with BREEAM 2008.  BRE Global is currently developing a new standalone scheme for assessment of non-domestic building refurbishment titled ‘BREEAM Non-Domestic Refurbishment and Fit-Out 2014’.  

Find out more about the new scheme on our news page here


Pilot projects

BRE Global is currently piloting the BREEAM Non-Domestic Refurbishment and fit-out 2014 scheme with 14 buildings of various types and size from around the UK. This includes retail, offices, industrial, education and healthcare buildings – and includes a number of historic / listed buildings. An example includes the IET’s Savoy Place and you can find out further details about this project at the link at the bottom of this page.

The pilot aims to identify the opportunities and barriers for sustainable refurbishment, to test out the criteria and inform the science base - something that is at the core of all BREEAM schemes.

Please note that applications to use the pilot scheme are now closed.

BREEAM Refurbishment Case Studies

There are many examples of BREEAM ratings being achieved in refurbishment and fit out projects, some of which can be found here:

Have you used BREEAM on a historic building?

Since BREEAM was launched in 1990, the scheme has been used to certify a whole range of different building types both old and new. With the development of BREEAM Refurbishment, we want to find good examples of historic buildings that have been certified to BREEAM. We are particularly interested in buildings that have been certified to at least BREEAM ‘Excellent’, whether they are listed buildings or not. This is to demonstrate how BREEAM is applied to historic buildings and to feed into the development of BREEAM Refurbishment. If you have assessed a building refurbishment that is pre-1900s that has been certified to BREEAM at the final stage, or been involved in some capacity, we would appreciate it if you could please take the time to complete the short 10 question survey. This should take no more than 5 minutes.