|Number of credits available||Minimum standards|
To recognise and encourage measures to optimise material efficiency in order to minimise environmental impact of material use and waste.
The following is required to show compliance for:
|Shell and core|
|Applicable assessment criteria||
Both options: All criteria relevant to the building type and function apply.
Refer to Appendix D – BREEAM UK New Construction and Shell and Core Project Assessments for a more detailed description of the above shell and core assessment options.
|Applicable assessment criteria||All criteria relevant to the building type and function apply.|
All parties (as relevant to the project stage) involved in the design, specification and/or construction of the building should be consulted. This includes but is not limited to, the following:
BRE has avoided being overly prescriptive with the evidence requirements for this issue, recognising that this is a complex environmental and design issue, where solutions and approaches are largely influenced by building specific factors. The evidence required to demonstrate compliance will vary according to RIBA stage. A few examples have been provided below:
The BREEAM assessor should use their judgement in determining whether the aim and intent of the credit has been met using appropriate project information to back their judgement. BRE Global will endorse the BREEAM assessor's judgement through the Quality Assurance audit where a reasonable justification to award the credit on the basis of project team actions and proposed design solutions is evident.
|Criteria||Interim design stage||Final post construction stage|
One or more of the appropriate evidence types listed in The BREEAM evidential requirements section can be used to demonstrate compliance with these criteria.
The construction industry accounts for approximately 55% of the total annual materials consumption and buildings contribute 50% of total emissions of CO2e. They are also responsible for 30% of total UK water use and 35% of arising waste. The breakdown of global industrial carbon emissions shows that 55% comes from the manufacture and processing of five stock materials- steel (25%), cement (19%), paper (4%), plastic and aluminium (3%).
Optimising material use is one the key resource efficiency goals for any sustainability strategy. This involves various components to ensure efficient use of materials, waste prevention and reduction, minimal damage to the environment and depletion of natural resources. This new BREEAM issue aims to encourage and support efforts to reduce the amount of materials use in building design without compromising on the structural stability. BRE intends to further develop the assessment criteria for this issue in future updates of BREEAM and as such BRE would welcome any feedback on the application of this assessment issue to assist with the evolution of the criteria and inclusion of additional guidance on compliance in future BREEAM versions.
The following provide frameworks for the consideration and review of resource efficiency in design and construction:
The standard outlines specific material efficiency processes, key tasks, team members and their responsibilities and outputs specific to each work stage, along with supporting guidance and tools. This serves as a useful tool to assist the design team in developing and implementing material efficiency strategies for their developments.
The standard is comprised of the following four parts:
Part 1: Code of practice for Strategic Definition and Preparation and Brief1BS 8895: Designing for material efficiency in building projects - Part1: Code of practice for Strategic Definition and Preparation and Brief. BSI, 2013 (published)
Part 2: Code of practice for concept and developed design2BS8895-2:2015 Designing for material efficiency in building projects- Part 2: Code of practice for concept design and developed design. BSI, 2015 (published)
Part 3: Code of practice for technical design (planned for development)
Part 4: Code of practice for operation, refurbishment (planned for development)
Designing out Waste: A design team guide for Buildings3 Designing out Waste: A design team guide for Buildings, WRAP.. This document outlines five principles of designing out waste and can be applied during design development, and serve as prompts for investigating opportunities for material efficiency in design.
BREEAM UK New Construction non-domestic buildings technical manual 2014
Reference: SD5076 – Issue: 5.0
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