As the second anniversary of the BREEAM 2014 methodology approaches, we look at the alterations from the 2008 methodology, and what the feedback has been to these changes.
The new methodology has put a greater emphasis on stakeholder engagement and consultation; many of which have materialised as mandatory meetings. The BRE have structured these credits like this because many of them address more innovative concepts. The integration of this new format has brought about a shift in the credit structure towards topics being undertaken during RIBA stages 1 & 2. This means credits may be unwittingly missed out on at early stages of planning.
In promoting the discussion of topics such as climate change adaptation, the BRE expect to gain a better understanding of what the industry consensus is. Over the span of the 2014 methodology, this approach aims to bring these topics into mainstream conversation, and act as a gateway to the inclusion of quantifiable metrics going forward into methodology.
In addition to this slightly less prescribed method of assessment for particular credits; the BRE have also required project teams to engage with the assessment earlier in the design stage, initiating conversations on design features and management practices earlier on in order to achieve particular credits. This transition has been demonstrated through the ‘Curve of Influence’.
Greengage have put together a step-by-step framework that prepares project teams for each credit requirement at the appropriate RIBA stage. This framework includes the appointment of relevant team members, such as the Suitably Qualified Ecologist and Sustainability Champion. We use it to support project teams throughout the BREEAM assessment to ensure all project targets are achieved.
For more information on how to manage these key early stage BREEAM actions, or to discuss the range of services we offer to support clients through this process, please contact Ruth Geeson or Richa Kumar.