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BREEAM 'The Harsh Reality'

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BREEAM 'The Harsh Reality'

CIBSE Technical Symposium, DeMontfort University, Leicester UK
6th and 7th September 2011

The most widely used environmental assessment in the world from the BRE launched in 1990 has enhanced and refined the assessment process for buildings of varying types, and for wide range of relevant issues. The BREEAM process can be difficult, and planning requirements of BREEAM may be the only way to prove environmental compliance. However the harsh reality is that often credits are not feasible, not achievable, and sometimes inflexible, subscribing to the letter rather than the spirit of an environmental assessment.

This paper proposes to review the BREEAM process in reality, looking at 3 live case studies from BREEAM Healthcare, Bespoke and Offices Assessment Types.

The paper is written by a BRE Accredited Professional, who has experience in BREEAM assessments both as a designer and as an assessor, at grass roots level. The paper will discuss opportunities when utilising BREEAM, and discuss whether it really does improve the building, or if credits are targeted purely as a cost effective box–ticking exercise. It may be that the harsh realities of the construction industry mean corners are cut and the refinement of BREEAM is lost on site.

This paper therefore proposes to examine the benefits, the negatives, and the realities of using BREEAM on the three aforementioned sites, from an independent perspective.