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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 now started and is expected to continue through 2017, with a projected launch date of early 2018.


The formal consultation period will be carried out in two stages.  An initial consultation period will run from November 2016, into early 2017. There will be a series of consultation activities including workshops, an online questionnaire, assessor workshops (via customer liaison workshops) and attendance at key conferences. We will be looking to gain feedback on the current scheme and the outline proposals for change including those key areas above. The feedback received during this consultation period will inform the detailed development work required to produce a draft technical scheme manual during spring and early Summer 2017.

Please click here to take part on our online survey

We expect to launch a draft manual for a full technical consultation during late Summer 2017.

Keep checking this page for updates on our consultation activities, as and when they are announced.

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.

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