BRE’s Environmental Assessment Method (“BREEAM”) is an all-round assessment of the quality and sustainability of a new building. There are five ratings that can be achieved, with the most stringent being “outstanding”. The requirement to subject a building to a BREEAM assessment, and the required rating to be achieved, often feature as one of the Planning conditions for a development.
BREEAM assesses nine major criteria within a development: Management, Energy, Health & wellbeing, Transport, Water, Materials, Waste, Land use and ecology, and Pollution. Points are scored within each criteria, with the accumulated total determining the final BREEAM rating.
A BREEAM assessment is in three stages:
Post construction review