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Hitting your sustainability targets

BREEAM (the BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the UK's most popular method for environmental assessment of buildings. BREEAM provides a framework for sustainable design and a measure of the overall suitability of the building on a scale that can be benchmarked against any building across the world. 

BSRIA provides BREEAM Assessment and consultancy on how to improve or achieve your desired rating.

BREEAM is a credit based assessment system covering the following aspects of a building and the construction process:

  • Management 
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Land use and ecology
  • Pollution

The assessment is carried out in two stages, a design stage assessment leading to an interim rating, and a post construction stage assessment after which the final certificate and rating is awarded. There is also the optional pre-assessment report, which is a useful tool when developing your initial designs, showing you where you need to improve to get the required rating.

Buildings are rated on a scale of Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding. All government-funded buildings require a rating of Very Good, and some local authorities now require a BREEAM rating for planning permission. 

In addition to BREEAM Assessments we offer consultancy on how to get a good rating, ideal for those with little experience of working with BREEAM or those who simply want to maximise the environmental potential of their design. To assist with this, BSRIA has staff that who achieved BREEAM Accredited Professional (AP) status through demonstrated specialist skills in sustainability and environmental design combined with a high level of competence in the BREEAM assessment process.

If you are building new dwellings, BSRIA also provides Code for Sustainable Homes, to cater for the assessment needs of a large mixed development as well as a single building.

Additional services

BSRIA can also offer a host of other services related to BREEAM and the sustainability of a building including feasibility studies and reality checking workshops. Once the construction process has finished measuring sustainability is key to meet the long term objectives. BSRIA can assist with post occupancy evaluations as well as helping you integrate the Soft Landings Framework into the procurement process.

BSRIA also offers documentation writing services, especially for Building Manuals and Building User Guides.

If you want to know more about BREEAM, BSRIA also offers an Understanding BREEAM training course, and can offer bespoke BREEAM training too.


BSRIA can also assess the operational rating of a building or portfolio of buildings using BREEAM In-Use. This scheme is slightly different to the other BREEAM schemes, as it is a self-assessment with an independent auditor confirming the assessment to allow a certificate to be awarded.

For more information on the different BREEAM schemes and to download the manuals visit the BREEAM website.

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