Enhancing security performance

Enhancing security performance

Offering assurance for you and your stakeholders

Offering assurance for you and your stakeholders

Providing greater transparency

Providing greater transparency

Raising awareness and developing security culture

Raising awareness and developing security culture


What is SABRE?

SABRE is a security assessment and certification scheme for buildings and built infrastructure assets. It is a first of its kind, offering:

  • an independently assessed security risk management rating for a facility (SABRE Assurance Rating)
  • the ability to measure and evaluate the security performance of a facility against a range of credible threats and compare that performance against that of the wider sector.

The scheme recognises and rewards good practice and inspires owners, occupiers and operators to measure their performance so they can make informed investment decisions, communicate their security credentials to interested parties and benefit from greater transparency.

The SABRE framework and risk based assessment methodology ensures flexibility in approach, recognising all solutions that offer effective security and raising awareness that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. This approach avoids a checklist mentality to security assessment that will inevitably stifle innovation and may lead to incomplete and ineffective security.

As has been the case with BREEAM, BRE Global’s sustainability certification scheme, we anticipate SABRE certification providing a broad range of benefits to users, including improved attractiveness and value of certificated built assets.

SABRE is owned by BRE Global Ltd (part of the BRE Group), the international provider of robust, independent, third party certification of fire, security and environmental products and services.  SABRE is the result of fundamental scientific research funded by the BRE Trust.

Click on the image below to download the SABRE product information brochure.



How SABRE Works

The SABRE assessment process is led by an independent SABRE Assessor. Their role is two fold:

  • verify evidence against each of the 70 technical issues covered by the scheme.
  • undertake a scenario based assessment of current security risks based on the specific attributes of a facility and its security

The SABRE Assessor will determine the assessment score and the corresponding star rating, with 1 star indicating an Acceptable Rating and 5 stars indicating an Outstanding Rating. If a facility does not achieve the SABRE scheme minimum standards, it will receive an unclassified rating and not be eligible for certification. An applicant can decide whether they wish to publicise their SABRE rating or keep this information confidential.

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Asset Life Cycle Stages

New Facility Certification

SABRE certification can be obtained for existing built assets (In-Use Certification) or during the procurement of a new facility (New Facility Certification). Interim assessment and certification is also possible at key milestones.

A new facility certificate demonstrates to the owner, investors, potential tenants and other interested parties, that security has influenced a development from its inception. SABRE ensures there is leadership for security and facilitates communication and decision making that leads to reduced security risks prior to occupation.

By adopting a security minded approach to planning and design, security risks can be removed or reduced at lower cost using integrated solutions. SABRE also recognises and rewards the implementation of information security controls that protect information relating to a project and its security, an increasingly important issue with the adoption of BIM and increasing cyber threat.


In-Use Certification

Once a facility is occupied there are significant opportunities to mitigate security risks, even without further capital expenditure on physical security. SABRE provides those responsible for facility security with a robust security risk management system template, allows measurement and benchmarking of current performance and the ability to demonstrate continual improvement.

The assessment of security risks will highlight areas of vulnerability that should be prioritised for investment and equally, areas where resources are potentially being wasted where existing or planned security control offer poor cost benefit ratios.

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