Our Top Tips to help you get your BREEAM project off to the best start...
Getting an assessor involved from pre-planning stage will make the whole assessment much simpler to achieve, and credits more cost-effective to achieve.
This is an important stage to ensure you do not unnecessarily lose credits.
Predicting carbon emissions early on can save you money. SBEM (or SAP for domestic refurbishments) can also contribute to a large number of credits and early calculations determine whether you have a shortfall of credits to be made up elsewhere.
Surface water, flood risk assessment and compliant drainage plan should be in place before starting work on site.
Whether architect, engineer or landscape architect, all members of the design team are likely to be able to achieve credits from design.
When sending evidence, indicate what it is and which credit it supports (we can guide you), for example, Trumpton Fire Station: Man 01 - sustainable procurement.
There are credits to be found throughout. If you are having difficulty with any credits, there are a host of workable solutions that we can help you with - as well as some mandatory ones to secure early on.
Let's face it, designs do change. Simply inform your BREEAM Assessor before the changes are made permanent so we can advise if it adversely affects your credits.
Make sure you know how any changes impact your assessment, as some assessments require longer-term monitoring. Your Assessor will be aware of all the latest enhancements.
Recognise where your least-effort credits lie. A BREEAM assessment spreadsheet is a great tool for this, rather than wading through the Manual.