Katie is a Senior Sustainability Consultant here at GreenBuild Consult. She has worked within the company for 7 years and is a qualified BREEAM Assessor in UK New Construction and UK Refurbishment and Fit-Out Schemes.
Katie carries out BREEAM Assessments on projects up and down the country.
Can you tell us a bit about your job and what made you decide to become a BREEAM Assessor?
Every day is different as a BREEAM Assessor, each project varies, and each project brings with it its challenges. I work on a variety of projects all over the UK, schools, offices, healthcare, industrial and retail buildings meeting people from all different backgrounds.
I applied for a Health & Safety based role and 6 months later I was passed the BREEAM manual. It’s safe to say that I was very much overwhelmed by its content, but 7 years later I’m here and I’m enjoying taking a lead on Sustainability.
What’s your favourite aspect to your job?
The variety of projects. Whether it’s the projects location, the design team, or its complexity. Its great visiting new places, meeting a variety of people and building good relationships and seeing a project develop from the early stages through to completion.
What kind of clients have you worked with over the years?
A complete range of clients, small scale to worldwide companies, including architects, engineers, contractors and local councils.
What have been your favourite/most memorable projects that you have worked on?
A new research and development building for the client Infineum at Milton Hill Business and Technology Park. Appointed by Jacobs UK and assisting the main contractor Kier Group. A confidential site required to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating against the BREEAM New Construction 2014 methodology. Also appointed as Sustainability Champion under credit Man 03 visiting site every eight weeks. Such a friendly team making it an enjoyable experience, all of whom were engaged in the BREEAM assessment.
How has the industry changed since you started your career?
BREEAM is now more valued. There is more of an understanding as to why BREEAM is important. In some locations it was once optional, however it is now more often a mandatory requirement driven by local planning authorities and governing bodies. Women are now more valued in the construction/ sustainability industry. There is a huge focus around Climate Change.
What do you hope for the future of BREEAM?
To continually drive sustainability in the built-up environment and educate all generations to ensure change.
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Written by Katie Townley | Senior Sustainability Consultant