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BREEAM UK New Construction 2018

The current BREEAM UK New Construction standard was launched in 2014. BRE have begun the process of updating this standard and the next version is expected to go live in 2018.

Objectives of the consultation

BREEAM criteria promote performance that goes beyond regulatory levels and reflect current best practice. It is essential that the standard is periodically updated to maintain technical robustness and reflect evolving practice and changes of technologies and market drivers. Updates also provide an opportunity to address feedback from assessors, clients and other stakeholders to ensure the standard continues to deliver better buildings and value to clients. BRE aims to review and update the standard on a 3 to 4 year cycle. 

As a key part of this update process, all technical issues will be reviewed to ensure they continue to deliver value and are up to date with recent developments within the industry, best practice standards, regulation & policy. For many technical issues this may mean that changes are relatively minor.  However, for some issues, the update may result in more significant changes. The key areas that have been identified as a focus for this update are:

  • Technical: Scheme Alignment, Performance Gap, Transport, H&W, Sector Tailoring, Resilience, Materials, Unregulated/Embodied Energy
  • Non-Technical: Accessibility, Digital, Value, Data

The update process has started and is expected to continue through 2017, with a projected new version launch date of Spring 2018. In the first quarter of 2017 BRE conducted an external consultation on the update. The consultation closed on 7 April 2017.

CIBSE response

CIBSE did not submit a response to this consultation but contributed to the response from the Design for Performance (DfP) initiative, which involves the Better Buildings Partnership.