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.
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.
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:
The consultation on the DRAFT manual will run until Friday 3rd November 2017 (see more details below), with a projected launch date of early 2018 for the final scheme.
The formal consultation has been in two stages. The initial consultation period ran from November 2016 to March 2017 where we were looking to gain feedback on the current scheme and the outline proposals for change including those key areas above. This involved a series of consultation activities including workshops, an online questionnaire, assessor workshops (via customer liaison workshops) and attendance at key conferences. The feedback received during this first phased of consultation has informed the detailed development work to produce the second phase of the consultation process – the DRAFT BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 scheme manual.
The DRAFT Guidance Note (GN32) outlines the proposed approach for the detailed energy modelling criteria in Ene 01 and further details on the verification stage. This can be downloaded and reviewed here.
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 DRAFT BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 scheme, this can be done in two ways:
Email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting ‘BREEAM UK NC 2018 DRAFT manual feedback’ in the subject line. Please make it clear which BREEAM Issue you are referring to, and (where relevant) the specific section or part of the issue.
Keep checking this page for updates on the release of the final manual, and dates for ‘update’ briefings, as and when they are announced.
Implementation of the BREEAM UK Strategic Ecology Framework: Ecology Assessment Issue - Public Consultation
The proposed Ecology criteria for this scheme is subject to separate consultation and has not been included in this manual.
The BREEAM UK Strategic Ecology Framework (SEF) is currently being implemented across the BREEAM family of schemes as these are updated. This process involves development of the assessment issues, alignment, synergy and consistency where relevant across BREEAM schemes and built environment lifecycle stages. In support of this the proposed ecology assessment issues for this scheme are available for review in a separate consultation document. The Assessment issues are available here: www.breeam.com/sef
This contains the proposed content of the revised Ecology Assessment issues in this category. It outlines the proposed Assessment Issues and contains the detailed criteria for review and comment. We are seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders who are involved in planning, delivering or maintaining BREEAM Ecology related aspects of development and assets. We very much welcome your input into this process.