The BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) process was launched in 1990 and is now the UK’s most widely accepted benchmark for environmental design, performance and energy efficiency in the construction industry.
At GreenBuild Consult our approach to BREEAM is practical, pro-active and cost effective. We recognise the ever-increasing sustainable, and subsequently financial, burdens related to achieving BREEAM certification. We ensure we achieve the required certification though our professional, collaborative and cost-conscious approach.
With a strong focus on Client needs, and always adaptable to change, our customised process- management tools ensure the sustainability targets of all projects are achieved smoothly and efficiently without detracting from the main design and construction disciplines and focus.
Trained and certified in all available BREEAM schemes, GreenBuild Consult licensed assessors provide practical, accurate and efficient BREEAM consultancy services including:
GreenBuild Assessors are also certified BREEAM Accredited Professionals, which ensures that two additional innovation credits can be achieved during the formal assessment process. This service, in addition to the above, allows GreenBuild to be very competitive within the sustainability sector.
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GreenBuild Consult was appointed as lead BREEAM Assessors for a new build three-storey extension of an existing medical surgery at Bridgend.
The new building was assessed using the BREEAM for Healthcare 2008 methodology; the highly energy efficient design achieved all the mandatory BREEAM Excellent requirements for the energy category. It was expected to achieve the required BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating and the building achieved high scores in the Health & Wellbeing section, with over 75% of available credits achieved – ensuring a comfortable environment for all patients.
The building also achieved an Energy Performance (CO2 index) rating of 28, which is equivalent to a ‘B’ rating, due to the provision of highly efficient mechanical and electrical services and energy efficient thermal elements.
The project incorporated a major refurbishment and the construction of a new lecture theatre. The project was assessed using the BREEAM for Education 2008 methodology, and through a collaborative approach with project team members, the project achieved the required BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’, with the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ score for the Energy category.
Through a collaborative approach with the project Contractors, the building achieved high scores in the Waste category with a section score of 83%, largely achieved by the reduction of waste generated during construction and the diversion of construction waste from landfill.
By specifying low-flow sanitary fittings, including shut-off and leak detection systems, a section score of 87% was also achieved for the Water category and the building also achieved an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate.