This standard allows real estate investors, developers and building owners to assess and mitigate unnecessary environmental damage caused whilst completing a refurbishment or fit out project. Following the assessment process a certificate is awarded, which recognises the environmental performance of the building once improvements have been made to the external envelope, structure, core services, local services or interior design of a building.
The standard covers a broad range of buildings, ranging from commercial buildings such as retail and offices, to residential institutions such as student accommodation and care homes. It also covers public sector buildings, such as education and healthcare. Specific criteria is also available for heritage buildings that take into account constraints made by conservation officers. For a full list of our development types, please refer to the Scope section (2) listed within the Technical Standard. If your development type is not included within the Scope section, you can secure BREEAM certification using our BREEAM Bespoke process.
What difference does it make?
It benefits investors, owners, landlords and occupiers by:
Building investors, developers or owners wishing to have their asset BREEAM assessed must first appoint a Licenced BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit-Out Assessor. A full list of Assessors can be located here. Once an Assessor has been appointed, a number of site visits will be arranged. The site visits typically occur at least once during the pre-assessment stage and once just after the building has been refurbished or fitted out. The Assessor completes their assessment during and after the site visits, in addition to collecting the necessary evidence from the development team. Appointing a Licensed Assessor as early as possible, will significantly improve the opportunity to reduce environmental impacts over the course of the project.
BREEAM International Refurbishment and Fit-Out is applicable to all countries except for countries where we are affiliated with an International Partner. To understand which International Partner will be affiliated with your project, please view our Technical Standards Finder.
What are the BREEAM RFO certification fees?
To understand how much it will cost to certify your Refurbishment and Fit-Out project please see our fee sheet here.