The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) is a widely recognised means of assessing the sustainability of buildings. BREEAM assessors play a crucial role in the certification process, helping ensure that existing buildings and development projects meet the required environmental standards. When it comes to BREEAM assessor fees, they can vary greatly depending on a number of factors.
This article will explore the factors that can affect a BREEAM assessor’s fees and provide advice to building owners and developers on how to make informed decisions about the potential benefits and costs of enlisting the services of a professional BREEAM assessor.
Essential Elements That Can Influence BREEAM Assessment Costs
It is important to note that there is no universal set price for a BREEAM assessment as the services offered by assessors, including our team at Encon Associates, are usually bespoke and dependent on the varying needs of clients. Typically, assessors will work closely with their clients to develop a scope of work which outlines the specific project requirements. This can include the desired BREEAM rating level, building type and complexity, and any other special considerations.
Based on this scope of work, the BREEAM assessor will provide a quotation for the assessment. This customised approach will allow the assessor to tailor their services to the unique needs of each project. It also means there is no standard pricing model for BREEAM assessments. Nevertheless, as explained below, a number of factors can influence how much you will need to set aside to obtain an assessor’s expert advice.
The type of building being assessed is a significant factor in determining the cost of an assessment. Naturally, different building types have different requirements, and some may require more detailed evaluations than others. For example, a complex industrial building will need a more detailed assessment than a small retail unit.
The complexity of a project can also affect the BREEAM assessment costs. A project with multiple stakeholders and intricate design features will typically entail the BREEAM assessor expending more time and effort to complete their assessment.
Location is another factor to consider when calculating the costs of a BREEAM assessment. Assessors may charge more for evaluations in remote or hard-to-reach areas due to the travel costs involved and the additional time required to reach the development site.
Assessor’s skills and experience
Assessors with more experience and expertise will usually possess specialised knowledge and skills and as a result may charge more for their services. While the BREEAM assessor’s fees may not always guarantee actual expertise, they can at least help you make an informed decision about who you should hire.
Once you have agreed to a BREEAM assessment and paid the required fees, your assessor will:
- Conduct an assessment of your projects or existing assets based on the criteria established by BRE.
- Gather evidence and rate buildings according to energy and water use, building users’ health and well-being, pollution, transport, waste, ecology, and other relevant categories.
- Write assessment reports, which are then submitted to BRE.
- Register your project with BRE Global (depending on the scheme used).
- Apply for BREEAM certification on your behalf.
Why You Should Consider Working with a BREEAM Assessor
Although a BREEAM assessment can seem like an unnecessary additional expense to some builders, the associated benefits are undeniable. Studies have shown that not only does an assessment have a positive impact on a building project itself, but it can also help the builders and the local community.
Here are several reasons why you should consider enlisting the services of a BREEAM assessor.
BREEAM certification is mandatory for building projects in many cities across the UK, with up to 70% of local authorities insisting that assessments are carried out in their area. Furthermore, in accordance with the government’s Construction Strategy, environmental assessment is required for all public buildings. It therefore follows that enlisting the services of a BREEAM assessor will help ensure compliance with all the relevant regulations, allowing you to avoid any restrictions on your construction or refurbishment activities.
Increase the value and demand for your projects
In terms of sustainability, BREEAM assessments can make a property more attractive and valuable to potential owners and clients. In fact, one BRE report highlighted the fact that certified buildings are 8–12% more valuable than traditional buildings. As a result, many large portfolio owners arrange to have their properties certified to improve their value before selling or listing them on the stock exchange.
Improve your reputation and public image
A survey conducted by the UK Green Building Council revealed that more than 71% of builders who acquired BREEAM assessments for their building developments reported an improvement in their public image. BREEAM certification is regarded as a commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies concerning the environment, thereby improving stakeholders’ perception. In addition, using a sustainable building contributes to a company’s CSR agenda and generates positive publicity.
Build safer and more user-friendly projects
BREEAM-certified buildings offer a number of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including increased safety, access to daylight, better control of comfort conditions, improved thermal and acoustic comfort, and better overall accessibility. Research has also shown that the green design attributes of indoor environments resulting from a BREEAM assessment could significantly improve productivity and occupants’ health and well-being.
Help the local environment and community
If builders attach any value to the local community, they will almost certainly pay the necessary BREEAM assessor fees to have a professional assessment carried out. BREEAM-certified buildings benefit the local environment and community by reducing the amount of stress on the local infrastructure, consuming less energy, retaining water during storms, supporting biodiversity, polluting less, promoting alternative transportation systems, and offering various other functions and facilities. Furthermore, the construction process for sustainable buildings is less disruptive to the community.
Talk To An Experienced BREEAM Assessor Today!
While the costs of BREEAM assessments can vary, the potential benefits of obtaining BREEAM certification are undeniable and significant. By understanding the various factors that can influence these costs, building owners and developers can make informed decisions about working with a reliable BREEAM assessor and obtaining the outcome they desire.
If you require the professional assistance of a highly experienced BREEAM assessor or AP, please get in touch with our team at Encon Associates. We can offer you the expert guidance you need to achieve your goals and meet your desired levels of sustainability.