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CIBSE Case Study: BREEAM Accredited Professional - BRE Group Training

CIBSE Case Study: BREEAM Accredited Professional - BRE Group Training

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Training for Building Performance Award

BREEAM Accredited Professional - BRE Group Training

The BRE's BREEAM Accredited Professional learning programme emerges victorious, with the Group developing a scheme that strikes a balance between the needs of the industry with the desire to provide a testing challenge that is more adaptable to occupiers' changing requirements.

BREEAM Accredited Professional (AP) educates designers to deliver better sustainable buildings through a greater understanding of BREEAM. It looks at BREEAM's role in the design process and identifies pitfalls that can result in poor outcomes. A qualified BREEAM AP will guide the design team and client through the design and assessment of sustainability, helping to maximise performance, minimise costs and lower barriers to sustainability.

The course is a blended learning approach that starts with an online technical course, fully immersing the delegate into BREEAM's technical and operational requirements. This is delivered through a mixture of static PDF documents and animated, voiced-over presentations. In the classroom, the course switches to a workshop approach with live presentations and workbook/group exercises.

One of the main challenges was designing a course that was accessible to designers and delivered information on their level. During development of the course, BRE held a number of focused workshops comprising design professionals to tailor the qualifi cation to the industry while still providing a challenge. BREEAM ratings have become a recognised feature of the new build and refurbishment markets, helping to establish sustainability as a key consideration in the marketplace.


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