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BREEAM and The Code for Sustainable Homes


BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building’s environmental performance.

We can undertake environmental assessments for Offices, Retail, and Industrial units. We offer a wide range of services from simply completing a BREEAM submission to full sustainable design and construction services.

BREEAM enables developers and designers to prove the environmental credentials of their buildings to planners and clients.

It provides clients, developers, designers and others with:

•   market recognition for low environmental impact buildings
•   assurance that best environmental practice is incorporated into a building
•   inspiration to find innovative solutions that minimise the environmental impact
•   a benchmark that is higher than regulation
•   a tool to help reduce running costs, improve working and living environments
•   a standard that demonstrates progress towards corporate and organisational
•   environmental objectives

For more information on BREEAM please go to the BREEAM Website.

The Code for Sustainable Homes

We can provide Code assessments and advice for both private and social housing developments. We are able to identify and advise on a variety of achievable criteria or ‘credits’ in order to reach the desired Code Level. We would advise being involved at an early stage of a project, so that we can make this process as cost effective and as efficient as possible.

The Code for Sustainable Homes has been developed to enable a step change in sustainable building practice for new homes. In the short-term, Code compliance is voluntary but home builders are encouraged to follow Code principles set out in this publication because the Government is considering making assessment under Code standards mandatory in the future.

“A Set of Sustainable Design Principles”

The Code measures the sustainability of a home against design categories, rating the ‘whole home’ as a complete package. Those familiar with building regulations, will recognise this as a major and welcome departure from current practice.

The design categories included within the Code are:

•   energy/CO2
•   pollution
•   water
•   health and well-being
•   materials
•   management
•   surface water run-off
•   ecology
•   waste

For a full version of the Sustainable Building code please go to Communities and Local Government Website.