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BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 - Consultation

BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 - Consultation

In 2014, the current BREEAM UK New Construction standard was launched. BRE aims to review and update standards on a 3 to 4 year cycle and we have now begun the process of updating. The next version is expected to go live in 2018.

Why update?

BREEAM criteria promote performance that goes beyond regulatory levels and reflect current best practice. As such, it is essential that we periodically update our standards to maintain technical robustness and reflect changes in opportunity through evolving practice, technologies and market drivers (keeping abreast of changes within the industry, policy and regulations). Updates also provide an opportunity to address feedback from assessors, clients and other stakeholders to ensure the standard continues to deliver better buildings and value to the client.

What is the scope of the update?

As a key part of the update process, all technical issues will be reviewed to ensure they continue to deliver value and are up to date with recent developments within the industry, best practice standards, regulation & policy. For many technical issues this may mean that changes are relatively minor.  However, for some issues, the update may result in more significant changes. Below we have identified the key areas that have been identified as a focus for this update:


  • Scheme Alignment
  • Performance Gap
  • Transport
  • H&W
  • Sector Tailoring
  • Resilience
  • Materials
  • Unregulated/Embodied Energy


  • Accessibility
  • Digital
  • Value
  • Data

What are the timeframes?

The update process has started and is expected to continue through 2017, with a projected new version launch date of Spring 2018. The following gives more detail on the expected delivery timeline of the 2018 scheme:



Carrying out issue by issue review

October 2016 – January 2017

External consultation

December 2016 – Mid - April 2017

Manual development

February 2017 – Summer 2017

DRAFT BREEAM manual released for comment

Summer 2017


Spring 2018

We welcome feedback from industry experts, clients, assessors and any other stakeholders involved in the BREEAM process. If you’d like to comment on the existing BREEAM UK New Construction standard please do not hesitate to contact us at quoting ‘BREEAM UK NC update feedback’ in the subject line. Feedback received after the 7th April is unlikely to be considered for the DRAFT manual as we will need time to process any feedback and finalise the manual. All feedback will be recorded for consideration when completing the FINAL manual.

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