New Construction

New Construction


BREEAM Int 2016 V2

Version 2 published 03.07.2017

New Construction Technical Standard

For all newly constructed buildings and extensions of all types

What is BREEAM International New Construction?

BREEAM New Construction assesses the design, construction, intended use and future-proofing of developments, including the local, natural or manmade environment surrounding the building. It uses a common framework that is adaptable, depending upon the building’s type and location.

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What development types is it suitable for?

All newly constructed public, private, residential and commercial buildings, including building extensions. For developments that do not fall within the scope of different build types and listed within the standard, we recommend you take a look at our Bespoke Process.  This allows the criteria to be adapted to the clients development needs. For any new infrastructure projects, please scroll down to learn about our new (Pilot) BREEAM Infrastructure Standard.

What difference does it make?

BREEAM New Construction benefits property investors, owners and occupiers by:

  • considering costs from a lifecycle perspective
  • reducing operational costs.
  • enhancing the buildings economic and social value whilst mitigating its environmental impact
  • creating better living and working environments for people, enhancing occupant satisfaction
  • enhancing market demand, helping developers and owners to attract tenants, and occupiers to attract staff
  • driving improvement in sustainable building approaches and technologies
  • giving independent, third party certification of a development’s sustainable credentials
  • contributing to corporate social responsibility, business reporting and sustainable business leadership.

How does it work?

The assessment criteria and process focuses on the design of the building from concept stage right through to a fully constructed building. It requires evidence to support the design and construction decisions, agreed during the development of the project, and ensures they have been fully implemented.

Is it country specific?

The standard is locally adaptable for all countries except for countries where we are affiliated with our international partners. Please view our Technical Standards Tool to find out which new construction standard is applicable within your country.

Other country specific, new construction standards include:

Whatever your new construction development type, you can secure BREEAM certification by registering your project against one of our Standards mentioned above. For developments with slightly different requirements, why not check our BREEAM Bespoke process. Learn more about our BREEAM Bespoke process here.

Where is it being used?

BREEAM International New Construction is currently in use in over 69 countries.

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Client Testimonials

"This is our first BREEAM Excellent rating building under the BREEAM New Construction, and one of seven total office schemes to have so far been certified. The handful of schemes meeting the high standards of the building regulations set the bar for future developments in London and across the country" 

Andrew Grint, Project Director for 240 Blackfriars Road, London

"We are looking forward to moving our main office to Bankside which we believe will help us to improve further the service that we provide to our clients and to continue to attract the highest quality talent in our field"

Richard Maughan, Senior Partner at Boodle Hatfield

"We are really thrilled to have reached the highest level in the BREEAM certification process.  We set out to exceed the 85% pass mark for “Outstanding” so to achieve a score of over 90% is simply brilliant.  The LPC is an inspiring building; it’s great place to work and to visit"

Karen Gravestock, Director of People & Place and coordinator of the Living Planet Centre (home of the WWF UK)

"By designing to the BREEAM standards we aim to save 40-60% of our current energy costs in the head office complex. Our new home will create a benchmark for every other UK business and showcase what can be achieved through a socially responsible approach to design and construction"

The Co-operative Group website on One Angel Square, Manchester

More information

To learn more about BREEAM New Construction, check out our Certification and Training Page and talk to a BREEAM New Construction, HQM or Datacentres, Licensed Assessor about your new construction project now.

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