The definition of ‘refurbishment’ encompasses a wide range of works to improve the performance, function and overall condition of an existing building. ‘Fit-out’ is more associated with internal works to the building including the first fit-out of a newly constructed building or re-fitting an existing building.
About BREEAM 2014 Refurbishment & Fit-Out Assessments
The BREEAM UK Non-domestic Refurbishment and Fit-out 2014 scheme provides a modular set of criteria that are applied depending upon the scope of works for a particular project type including:
- Part 1: Fabric and Structure
- Part 2: Core Services
- Part 3: Local Services
- Part 4: Interior Design
The scheme is split into these assessment parts so that it reflects the aspects of a building that are tenant or landlord responsibilities, as well as the varied life cycle stages of each component or element. For example, interior finishes are typically replaced on a 5-10 year cycle compared to the fabric and structure of a building which may be upgraded after 60+ years. For commercial buildings, parts 1 and 2 typically refer to the aspects of a building that are landlord responsibilities, and parts 3 and 4 typically allude to aspects that are tenant responsibilities although this will vary between projects.
This is a companion scheme to BREEAM New Construction 2014, covering the same scope and allowing a new build shell and core building to be further assessed at the fit-out stage to give a fully-fitted rating and certificate.
BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit-out benefits everyone connected with the building by:
- Bringing sustainable value to an existing asset
- Enhancing market demand, helping owners to attract tenants and occupiers to attract staff
- Improving performance and reducing operational costs
- Making existing buildings fit for the future, so they are better able to adapt and withstand climate impacts
- Contributing to project participants’ and tenants’ corporate social responsibility, business reporting and sustainable business leadership
- Creating better living and working environments for people, enhancing employee satisfaction
- Giving independent third party certification of a building’s sustainability.
IES TaP for BREEAM 2014
When using Encon Associates as your BREEAM assessor, the IES TaP for BREEAM tracking system will be used throughout to provide project management, progress reporting and integrated submission to BRE for QA and BREEAM certification.
Within the BREEAM 2014 methodology for IES TaP, the recent introduction of more specific evidence will aid the design team to deliver projects quickly and cost effectively. Although the BREEAM 2014 methodology reduced the specific evidence descriptions within the methodology, the IES TaP team felt that the design team might be hindered by the lack of transparency and have therefore provided more detailed evidence descriptions. For more information you can read this interesting article on the BREEAM 2014 evidence update.
Read more about IES TaP and the benefits it brings to your BREEAM project here.
Additional BREEAM Credit Services
We offer a whole spectrum of BREEAM design and advisory services to help your development achieve an outstanding level of sustainability. These include: