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BREEAM New Construction 2011 now available

BREEAM 2011 has replaced BREEAM 2008 as the current version for new building assessment registrations and certifications, with effect from 1 July 2011, and the BREEAM 2011 Scheme Document is now available to download.

BRE Global updates the BREEAM UK new construction scheme for non-domestic buildings on a regular basis to ensure that it is not only up-to-date and represents best environmental practice but also remains a driver for construction innovation. Updates also give BRE Global the opportunity to respond to feedback and issues raised by those using the assessment method.

Key changes to the 2008 version of the scheme, reflected in the new 2011 edition, include:

  • Setting new benchmarks and assessment methodology for energy efficiency and operational carbon emissions, including benchmarks that encourage the zero-carbon hierarchy and reward carbon negative building
  • Updated benchmarks for construction waste and water consumption
  • Introduction of new standards on sustainable procurement and post-construction operational after-care, including monitoring of building performance
  • Updated approach to assessing and quantifying service life planning, stakeholder participation, life cycle impacts and recycled aggregates
  • New and updated reporting requirements of KPIs including building life cycle CO2 emissions, construction and operational water consumption, construction waste volumes and VOC emissions
  • Re-classification and consolidation of issues and criteria to ensure the method continues to deliver in an efficient, cost effective and value-added manner, while providing a platform for environmental performance targets and quantifying the key building impacts and opportunities as a local, national and global level in line with international work on metrics and assessment frameworks.

Before referencing or using BREEAM 2011 on forthcoming projects, BRE Global is advising BREEAM assessors, clients, specifiers and users to read the ‘scope’ section of the Scheme Document for guidance on which building and project types can be assessed and certified using the BREEAM 2011 New Construction Scheme.

For more information, go to www.breeam.org

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