BREEAM – An Overview

By June 6, 2017 No Comments

BREEAM was first introduced by BRE in 1990. BREEAM works to raise awareness amongst owners, occupiers, designers and operators of buildings around the benefits of taking a sustainable approach to construction and building management. BREEAM aims to assist with successfully and cost effectively adopting sustainable solutions and award those who champion sustainability. All BREEAM assessments are undertaken by independent, licensed assessors, whereby the assessors evaluation covers a range of issues including energy, water use, health and well being, pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and processes.

At present the BREEAM assessment method is a voluntary scheme but there are several key organisations who operate within the UK who insist that a BREEAM assessment is carried out if the organisation is funding any part of the development.

BREEAM credits are awarded for various standards met and buildings can be awarded “Pass”, “Good”, “Very Good” and “Excellent”.

In 2015 the scheme for non-domestic properties changed and a new standard was introduced by BRE. BREEAM International Non-Domestic Refurbishment 2015 Scheme was born. This scheme can be used to asses the environmental life cycle impacts of existing non-domestic buildings at the refurbishment and fit-stages.

This is a BREEAM scheme that F&A have a vast amount of expertise in. Many of F&A’s past projects have required careful consideration regarding the MEP design of internal refurbishments of existing buildings. MEP works generally fall under 3 of the 4 criteria as set out by the BREEAM International Non-Domestic Refurbishment 2015 Scheme. Part 2 (Core Services), Part 3 (Local Services) and Part 4 Internal Design.

F&A can help with the MEP design and documentation needed to achieve BREEAM criteria under the scheme. For more information on BREEAM and the BREEAM International Non-Domestic Refurbishment visit or contact F&A who can advise and assist on your project. Email for more information.