BREEAM is the longest serving environmental assessment methodology and a familiar acronym in most aspects of the construction industry. BREEAM or Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, was first introduced by the Building Research Establishment in 1990. It is a method used to assess, rate, and certify the sustainability of buildings.
The general BREEAM process comprises three distinct assessment parts; pre-assessment, design-stage and post-construction, undertaken by a BRE trained and registered Assessor. Target credits are selected by the design team based upon the specific development opportunities and team aspirations.
While a BREEAM Assessor will conduct the final assessments and rating, having a BREEAM Accredited Professional (AP) as part of your design team can be key to the success of a buildings final BREEAM rating. An AP has specialist skills in sustainability and environmental design, with a high level of competence and understanding of BREEAM and the assessment process buildings go through to be certified. Having an AP on hand throughout will mean that the final rating is achieved with the sustainable measures most suitable to the project, ensuring the clients’ money is spent where it can add true sustainable value.
BREEAM is constantly evolving to ensure that the process remains relevant to societal, environmental and political needs. The certification is a robust, established and familiar process that promotes higher building standards which add real value.
At ZED we are proud of our BREEAM AP – Accredited Professional status. and have the experience to help at any stage in the BREEAM process, but if we get involved at early in the design process, we are able to make the biggest difference to overall sustainability of a project.
UK Green Building Council
Our Mission is to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment, by transforming the way it is planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated. Our Vision: A built environment that enables people and planet to thrive by:
- Mitigating and adapting to climate change
- Eliminating waste and maximising resource efficiency
- Embracing and restoring nature and promoting biodiversity
- Optimising the health and wellbeing of people
- Creating long-term value for society and improving quality of life
Low Carbon Consultant
Professionals on the CIBSE Low Carbon Consultants register have been certified by CIBSE to be competent to minimise energy use and carbon emissions from buildings both in design and operation.
Heat Networks Consultant
CIBSE Heat Networks Consultants have been assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the Code of Practice (CP1). This will give clients employing CIBSE Heat Networks Consultants confidence that the guidance in the Code of Practice will be appropriately applied.