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Draft BREEAM New Construction 2018 Technical Manual

BREEAM is the most widely used environment certification scheme in the UK and is also widely used around the world. It can have a strong influence on approaches and technical requirements applied to construction projects, and on skills and expertise required from CIBSE members and other built environment professionals.

Objectives of the consultation

The current BREEAM New Construction was launched in 2014. The BREEAM 2018 update aims to:

  • Reflect changes in policy, regulations, standards and best practice
  • Address feedback from assessors, clients and other stakeholders to ensure BREEAM can help deliver better buildings and better value.

 The BRE identified the following key areas as a focus for this update:

  Technical issues  Non-Technical issues
  • Performance gap
  • Unregulated/embodied energy
  • Materials
  • Transport
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Resilience
  • Scheme alignment
  • Sector tailoring
  • Accessibility
  • Digital
  • Value
  • Data

Most of these areas are of relevance to CIBSE members. Of particular note was a proposed update to credit Ene 1 and associated energy modelling requirements.

In addition, the whole BREEAM New Construction scheme was reviewed as part of the update, and other areas will therefore also be subject to more minor changes.

The BRE published a draft BREEAM New Construction 2018 and invited responses on the overall approach, clarity of the manual, as well as the technical requirements themselves. The consultation closed on 3 November 2017.

Supporting papers

To download documents which supported this consultation, please follow the links below:

CIBSE response

CIBSE welcomed the opportunity to comment on the draft BREEAM technical manual. To read the response please follow the link below.