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BREEAM 2014- Now Live

BREEAM 2014- Now Live
Posted on May 27, 2014
Archive : May 2014
Category : News
Owner : ADMIN

BRE have today published the final BREEAM UK NC 2014 manual and opened up the scheme for registration.

The BREEAM 2011 NC scheme registration will continue to be accepted until the 30th June 2014 for all parts of the UK with the exception of registrations in Scotland.

The ethos behind the new 2014 scheme is to allow more flexibility with regard to the evidence requirements that the project teams are expected to produce. This approach, from prescriptive to more subjective, should allow for more practical audit trails to be created when demonstrating compliance with the necessary criteria.

The percentage weightings of each section have also been changed, resulting in a decrease for the Energy section and an increase for the Transport, Water, Materials and Waste sections. This is to reflect the recent changes to the building regulations ensuring the emphasis is not solely concentrated on energy. Separate weightings for shell only and shell and core have also been developed so as to not unfairly penalise projects of these types. The table below provides a summation of the changes to the weightings.

BREEAM NC 2011

BREEAM NC 2014-Fully fitted out

BREEAM NC 2014- Shell only

BREEAM NC 2014- Shell and core only

Management

12%

12%

12.5%

11%

Health & wellbeing

15%

15%

10%

10.50%

Energy

19%

15%

14.5%

15%

Transport

8%

9%

11.5%

10%

Water

6%

7%

4%

7.50%

Materials

12.5%

13.5%

17.5%

14.50%

Waste

7.5%

8.5%

11%

9.50%

Land use & ecology

10%

10%

13%

11%

Pollution

10%

10%

6%

11%

Innovation

10%

10%

10%

10%




















Some of the core alterations are highlighted below:

  • A major facelift has occurred under the Management section and with this reshuffle the section is now more logical and user friendly. The section now follows the chronology of a project programme, from the project brief to aftercare.

  • In previous versions of BREEAM the Materials section has come under scrutiny for being very onerous, in particular Mat 03 Responsible Sourcing of Materials. Mat 03 has been heavily reviewed by the BRE team, which has resulted in the methodology being revised to remove the need for the calculations of material volumes. We are still awaiting the release of the Mat 03 calculator which is due at the end of July 2014.

  • An additional section has also been added under the Material section, Mat 06 Material efficiency. With the aim of this section to recognise and encourages measures to optimise material efficiency in order to minimise environmental impact of material use and waste.

  • The Health and Wellbeing section has undergone some restructuring with the complete removal of Hea 04, Water quality. An optional alternative benchmark for the daylighting criteria has been added, while the visual art criteria has been removed. Hea 04, Thermal comfort has seen an addition of a requirement to investigate a project’s adaptability to climate change and the ‘time out of range’ metric has been replaced by criteria relating to the ISO 7730:2005 standard.

  • Despite the recent repeal regarding Site Waste Management Plans, Wst 01 still requires the production of a Construction Resource Management Plan to achieve the credits. This is required to take the same format as past SWMPs.

  • Two additional sections have also been added under the Waste section, Wst 05 Adaption to Climate Change and Wst 06 Functional Adaptability. These sections will ensure that project teams are looking at the whole lifecycle of a building and not just the current day requirements.

The Water, Transport, Land Use & Ecology and Pollution sections have had minor changes and updates to the necessary standards but remain broadly unchanged.

As well as the update to the technical manual BRE have also updated the supporting calculator tools and provided further guidance notes on a number of issues. Of particular notes is GN14 -2014 scheme assessment timeline. This is potentially a very valuable tool for projects managers and lead design consultants because it provides a timeline for encouraging actions and processes to be implemented at the correct stages to maximise credit achievement.

Over the coming few weeks we will be releasing reports that will go into greater depth for each of the nine sections.

If you would like to discuss any of the changes occurring or any of our associated services please do not hesitate to contact our Head of Sustainability, Alex Baines.

   [27/05/2014 : ADMIN] BREEAM 2014- Now Live

    
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