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published: 27/5/2014
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BREEAM UK New Construction 2014 goes live

The new BREEAM UK New Construction scheme goes live for registration today (May 27, 2014). The update follows the most extensive consultation ever carried out for a BREEAM scheme, with wide ranging involvement from BREEAM clients and assessors, and leading professional and trade bodies including the UK Green Building Council, the UK Contractors Group and the Construction Products Association.

Revisions to the scheme include a major change to the energy sections of BREEAM.  Rather than Part L of the Building Regulations acting as a single UK-wide baseline for energy demand, primary energy and CO2 emissions performance measures, national building regulations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be used as individual baselines for each administration.

Other changes include:

  • The requirement for a percentage of the energy generated for the building to be from renewable sources has been removed as it is already specifically addressed in building regulations.
  • A restructured management category to better align with the building procurement process.
  • A new credit for reporting on a project’s predicted capital costs.
  • Changes to the Transport category including revising bicycle facility requirements.
  • An alternative route for meeting the Responsible Sourcing of Materials criteria, bypassing complex calculation needs.
    Two new issues in the Waste category to address building adaptability.
  • Shell and core buildings are now clearly defined in two parts, each with its own scope-specific assessment criteria.


Commenting on the revised version, Gavin Dunn, Director of BREEAM, said: "The changes for 2014 reflect ten months of a major industry and stakeholder  consultation process.. These important revisions keep the standard up-to-date and ahead of regulatory changes, technical advances and best practice improvements, helping project teams create better, more sustainable and more robust buildings."

Further information on the new scheme can be found at www.breeam.com/2014 


Notes for Editors

  1. BREEAM is the internationally recognised measure of sustainability for buildings and communities. Over 250,000 buildings have been certified around the world and over a million are registered for certification. BREEAM helps to drive the sustainable performance and value of a property asset and developments as a whole, and the scheme is developed across Europe through a family of National Scheme Operators including BREEAM UK, NL, DE, ES, SE and NOR. More information at www.breeam.com



Press enquiries: Peter White, BRE Press Office T 0333 321 8811  E whitep@bre.co.uk


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