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CEEQUAL and BREEAM Infrastructure

We are operating two successful, sustainability assessment and certification schemes: BREEAM and CEEQUAL. This will lead to the next version based on a single best practice standard for civil engineering projects.

Continuing the success of CEEQUAL

Since its launch in 2003, CEEQUAL has become an internationally recognised sustainability assessment, rating and award for civil engineering works, used on over 600 projects including Crossrail and the London 2012 Olympics. It is used around the world in Sweden, Hong Kong, Qatar, Norway, Dubai as well as the UK. CEEQUAL promotes and celebrates the achievement of high environmental and sustainability performance in civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects. It helps clients, designers and contractors improve the specification, design and construction of civil engineering works. In taking on the operation of the scheme, BRE intends to secure CEEQUAL's continued success and ensure its ongoing legacy.

No change for CEEQUAL users

We strongly recommend CEEQUAL as an established, effective and well received scheme and it will continue to operate as normal for new and current users with no change to its current operations. Commitments and contracts with current customers will continue unchanged. CEEQUAL will continue to be available for new project and term contract registrations. CEEQUAL users should continue to start new projects with CEEQUAL.

The already planned upgrade of CEEQUAL to Version 6 will continue to be developed and will now benefit from appropriate aspects of the science and metrics based, outcome focussed, approach adopted by the BREEAM Infrastructure pilot.  Projects and CEEQUAL assessors will be able to transition to this when it is launched in 2017/18.

Full details on using CEEQUAL, and more about what BRE’s involvement means for CEEQUAL can be found on the CEEQUAL website.

Train to be a CEEQUAL assessor

We are running training courses for people wishing to become qualified CEEQUAL assessors. Assessors will be able to transition to the next version when it is launched. Please refer to the Certification and Training page for details and dates of upcoming courses.

BREEAM New Construction Infrastructure (Pilot)

We have developed BREEAM New Construction Infrastructure (Pilot) as a performance based assessment method and certification scheme for new infrastructure assets. It aims to mitigate the life cycle impacts of new infrastructure assets on the environment and enhance positive social and economic impacts.

The methodology can be integrated into the design and construction process by clients and their project teams to influence key decisions in the project. It also enables the client to measure, evaluate and reflect the performance of their new infrastructure asset against best practice. The BREEAM Infrastructure Assessor and the BRE Global certification process provide independence and robustness to the assessment.

Be one of the first pilot projects

We are piloting the BREEAM infrastructure methodology with a select number of projects to deliver significant benefits in sustainable design and construction for these key infrastructure assets. You can now apply this methodology to projects that are being newly constructed. We are operating this pilot for a period to verify the application of the BREEAM criteria to different types and scales of project.

The benefits of a pilot are significant. BREEAM is well known for setting the standard for best practice in sustainable design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised marks of environmental performance. These attributes are continued in the BREEAM application to infrastructure. The pilot process will:

  • Stimulate strategic thinking and integrated working in the project
  • Enable the project team to explore the sustainability issues associated with the project and improve the design, construction and future operation of the asset
  • Drive innovation and improved outcomes for the asset
  • Achieve third party certification against the pilot bespoke criteria
  • Give recognition to the project as leading the industry in performance and innovation
  • Influence the development of methodology through application of the pilot assessment
  • Provide a legacy contribution to sustainable infrastructure

To register your interest in the pilot programme, please complete the Infrastructure application form, or to find out more, please contact us through our UK office.

The next version of the pilot will benefit from appropriate aspects of the well tried and tested process and team focussed methodology of CEEQUAL.  Projects and BREEAM infrastructure assessors will be able to transition to this when it is launched in 2017/18.

Train to be an assessor

We are running training courses for people wishing to become qualified BREEAM New Construction Infrastructure (Pilot) assessors. Assessors qualified and licenced in the pilot scheme will be able to transition to the single combined certification scheme when it is launched. Please refer to the Certification and Training page for details and dates of upcoming courses.

Creating a single standard for industry

BREEAM and CEEQUAL are increasingly being used on the world’s most successful infrastructure projects, including Crossrail and the London 2012 Olympics. Over the next two years we will be combining the best of both approaches into a new and improved infrastructure standard for industry. For more information on the development of the next generation standard and how you can get involved please visit the Infrastructure Consultation page.

Which approach should you take now…

Existing users of CEEQUAL and newcomers to sustainability rating schemes should use CEEQUAL. Those with a preference for BREEAM methodology, users of BREEAM or those seeking to apply the very latest approach to sustainability for infrastructure should consider a BREEM infrastructure pilot.

Both schemes will be beneficial to the project delivering improved resource efficiency and potential for savings, provide a framework for managing sustainability for the project, recognition of the standards achieved as well as benchmarking and team building opportunities.

We will ensure that any future branding changes will not disadvantage any user and there will be options to transition, if helpful to the project.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

We have compiled a list of FAQs for clients, assessors and the wider infrastructure community.

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