Helping to improve the sustainability and environmental performance of existing, residential dwellings
This UK standard allows developers and designers to demonstrate their environmental credentials, promote better design and give confidence to their customers. It also helps planners, regulators and asset managers i.e. Registered Social Landlords to set standards for refurbishment, and provides a market-focused label for more sustainable and higher quality refurbishments.
Report comparing EcoHomes and BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment
Since BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment UK supersedes EcoHomes for refurbishment projects, you may still like to understand what the main key differences are between the two standards.
Planners and funding authorities that currently specify EcoHomes should use this report with 4 case studies to assist with any changes they may need to make to their planning policies.
Improving commercial and non- residential, existing buildings
The BREEAM UK Non-domestic Refurbishment and Fit-out 2014 scheme can be used to assess the environmental life cycle impacts of existing non-domestic buildings at the refurbishment and fit-out stages. The definition of ‘refurbishment’ encompasses a wide range of works to improve the performance, function and overall condition of an existing building. ‘Fit-out’ also encompasses a wide range of works, however it is more associated with internal works to the building including the first fit-out of a newly constructed building or re-fitting an existing building.
The BREEAM UK Non-domestic Refurbishment and Fit-out 2014 scheme provides a modular set of criteria that are applied depending upon the scope of works for a particular project type including:
The scheme is split into these assessment parts to allow the scheme to reflect the aspects of a building that are tenant or landlord responsibilities, as well as the varied life cycle stages that each component or element is upgraded. For example, interior finishes are typically replaced on a 5-10 year cycle compared to the fabric and structure of a building that may be upgraded after 60+ years. For commercial buildings, parts 1 and 2 typically reflect the aspects of a building that are landlord responsibilities, with parts 3 and 4 typically being aspects of the building that are tenant responsibilities although this will vary between specific projects.