The BREEAM methodology measures a buildings environmental performance against several key areas which include - Management, Health and Wellbeing, Energy, Transport, Water, Material and Waste, Landuse and Ecology, Pollution.
The BREEAM Assessment Method is a voluntary scheme at present but several key organisations throughout the UK insist on BREEAM Assessment where the project is funded by the organisation or where the project is affiliated with the organisation, including:
English Partnerships - require all new developments involving their land, BREEAM/Ecohomes ratings of ‘VERY GOOD’ or ‘EXCELLENT’.
Welsh Assembly Government - BREEAM and Ecohomes ‘VERY GOOD’ on all land sold by WDA, ‘EXCELLENT’ for high profile developments.
DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families) - It is a condition of capital funding that new build and refurbishment projects achieve a ‘VERY GOOD’ rating under BREEAM Schools
Regional Development Agencies - BRE is working with RDA’s to develop regional versions of the Sustainability Checklist for developments. Co-funded by ODPM and WWF.
Housing Corporation - Housing Corporation required an Ecohomes ‘VERY GOOD’ mandate from April 2006
Local Authorities - Incorporating Environmental standards as part of supplementary, planning guidance. Including in Section 106 agreements.
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