Why and when do I need it?
If you are working on a commercial project, you need to check if BREEAM is a requirement. Many Local Planning Authorities require BREEAM Assessment as part of planning.
What do I need to do?
To ensure you do not miss out on the important early BREEAM credits, it is imperative that you contact a BREEAM assessor as early as possible. If the design is already well underway, don’t worry, contact HRS and our BREEAM assessor will work closely with you to ensure that you can still achieve your target rating.
The earlier we talk, the sooner HRS can start helping you gain BREEAM credits and prevent delays or unexpected costs. HRS pride ourselves on open lines of communication, providing you with a proactive service, working with you as part of your team.
For more information please contact 0800 030 4391 / email: email@example.com
BREEAM Assessments – Project Management
HRS can use any project management system that you and your team are happy with, the popular ones that we have found our clients like to use are Tracker Plus and IESTaP.
There are many benefits to using software like the above, one of the main benefits is that it gives you your real time BREEAM score, and it gives a clear view of what credits are still required and what evidence is needed to ensure you achieve your BREEAM rating.
For more information on Project Management and related services, please contact 0800 030 4391 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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|Health & Wellbeing
|Land Use & Ecology
BREEAM Assessments – the benchmark for sustainable standards
Having a BREEAM rated building can be part of a local authority’s planning conditions, especially if you are working on an educational, healthcare or new government building. If you are not sure if you have a BREEAM requirement, ask your client or check planning, the earlier you know the sooner you can plan – don’t miss the early credits.
Only an accredited BREEAM Assessor can carry out BREEAM assessments. HRS has a full team of assessors, who regularly receive thanks from HRS clients for their proactive client focussed approach (click here for client endorsements).
BREEAM credits can be awarded across 51 sustainable issues. These are put into categories which will then be given an assigned credit(s) target weighting.
Please note that BREEAM Assessment criteria are tailored to the type of building that is being assessed. Part of HRS’s BREEAM Assessor role is to ensure that you achieve the maximum number of credits. To ensure HRS are able to do this, it is important that HRS are involved at the early stages (RIBA Stages 0,1 previously called A, B). (please click here for more information on RIBA Stages and gaining credits).
For more information about the ratings, credits, categories or building types, please click here or contact a HRS BREEAM Assessor on 0800 030 4391 or email email@example.com
There are 3 BREEAM stages:
Design Stage Assessment »
Post Construction Stage Assessment »
What this means to you and what you need to know
Regardless of what stage you have got involved in the project, if you have a project that requires BREEAM it is imperative that you contact a BREEAM assessor at the earliest possible stage, as unfortunately far too often HRS BREEAM Assessors have to inform our clients that they have missed out on the early credits because we were not working with them at an early stage.
Information on all the stages and what they entail can be found by clicking the link to the KNOWLEDGE Hub.
Benefits to having a HRS BREEAM Assessor at the pre-assessment stage and what they can do for you:
HRS BREEAM Assessor will listen to your requirements and discuss with the design/construction team, giving them advice on how credits can be achieved in the most cost-effective way.
An action plan is then put together, giving a list of what information is required and who is responsible for listed items, making it clear for all concerned from the start.
The HRS BREEAM Assessor is there to help and support you at every stage, and their aim is to get you the best possible BREEAM rating. (Please click here to see what other people have said about HRS BREEAM Assessors)
How you can earn Extra BREEAM Credits?
There is still much confusion when it comes to BREEAM, this often leads to many of the earlier BREEAM credits being missed which can then lead to the desired BREEAM rating not being achieved.
HRS can help you gain these much needed extra credits, in addition to HRS having BREEAM assessors that will work along side you throughout the life of your project, HRS also provide the following in-house services that can help you gain those much needed extra BREEAM credits.
Design Stage Credits:
Thermal Modelling (1 credit)
Daylight Modelling (1-2 credits)
BREEAM Accredited Professional (1-3 credits)
Renewable Feasibility Study (1 credit)
Acoustic Consultancy (1-5 credits)
Indoor Air Quality Plan (1 credit)
Post Construction Credits:
Thermographic Survey (1 credit)
Indoor Air Quality Testing (1 credit)
Acoustic Testing (1-5 credits)
Building User Guide (1 credit)
Thermal Comfort Modelling »
Thermal Modelling »
Thermographic Surveys »
Indoor Air Quality Plan & Testing »
For more information on any of the above services call 0800 030 4391 / email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the HRS team would be happy to help you. Budget costs for the above services can be provided on request.
Key to achieving your specified BREEAM rating:
Early Planning –
don’t miss the early credits
what BREEAM target has been set i.e. Good, Very Good, Excellent?
Mandatory credits –
what are the mandatory credits for the rating needed?
i.e. registered under BREEAM 2011 or 2014?
Understanding how you can gain Extra Credits – in addition to HRS having a team of BREEAM assessors to work along side you throughout the life of your project, HRS can also provide you with a range of in-house services to help you gain those much needed extra BREEAM credits.
For more information please contact a HRS BREEAM Assessor on 0800 030 4391 or email email@example.com
BREEAM credits for acoustic performance are awarded under two issues, Hea 05 and Pol 05, concerning internal acoustic performance and the control of noise pollution, respectively.
Depending on the scheme type, up to four credits are available through achieving the requirements of Hea 05. One credit is available through Pol 05, and is not dependent upon scheme type.
In some instances, such as for school design, the requirements of Hea 05 can be met by working to the standards required for Building Regulations compliance; other instances such as residential developments award credits on the basis of exceeding the baseline performance standards required by Building Regulations will require specialist design input from an early stage.
To find out more about BREEAM requirements specific to your scheme call HRS, or view our spreadsheet detailing the specifics of the Hea 05 and Pol 05 credits.
BREEAM 2014 Hea 05 – BREEAM Credits by Building Type
Download Excel Spreadsheet »
Feasibility Study – Low and Zero Carbon (Ene 04 LZC)
What is a Feasibility Study and why should I have one?
A feasibility study can provide you with a much needed BREEAM credit. It is an independent energy study looking at all aspects of site, such as site location, building design and building materials. Recommendations are then put together detailing what can be done to achieve a low or Zero Carbon development.
HRS are Energy and BREEAM experts in sustainability, and so by asking HRS to carry out a feasibility study you would be ensuring that you achieve your BREEAM credit and that you are being made aware of the most appropriate, cost effective solutions in sustainable products. HRS keep up to date on all the latest developments in renewable energy sources so we can recommend the best ones for your project.
A feasibility study is mandatory to achieve BREEAM Excellent.
If you would like any advice, more information or a quote, please contact HRS, visit our KNOWLEDGE Hub or request a quote.
Please hover over an image and click the ‘Link’ icon to view Case Study information, or Click the ‘Magnifying Glass’ icon to see a larger photo.
Thermographic Survey – New Sixth Form College
Thermographic Survey – Aldi RDC
Thermographic Survey – Moneypenny Wrexham
Thermographic Survey – Bournemouth and Poole College
Substrate Dampness Testing
Dust Monitoring in Hospitals
Thermographic Survey – Space Technology Centre
Building & Environmental Services – Centre For Medicine, University of Leicester
Air Testing and Air Tightness Consultancy, BREEAM, IAQ – Loughborough College
Air Testing, Acoustics, BREEAM, IAQ, Thermographic Survey – University Of Nottingham
Thermal Comfort, Part L Compliance – Homerton College, Cambridge
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) – Swansea University
Ecology Report – Lancaster University
Acoustic Design – University of Derby
BREEAM and Daylighting – Orley Farm School, Harrow
Air Testing and BREEAM – Croydon Primary Schools
Ecology and BREEAM Services – Interlink Park
Code For Sustainable Homes – Woolwich
Acoustic Consultancy, Air Testing, BREEAM, SBEM, EPC, Thermal Comfort – Premier Inns
BREEAM, Acoustic Consultancy, Air Testing – AEGAS Bowl
Thermographic Survey – HMP Featherstone
Acoustic Assessments and BREEAM – Hillingdon Hospital
BREEAM, Air Testing and Air Tightness Consultancy, Thermographic Survey – DfE Offices Darlington
SBEM, SAP, BREEAM, Daylighting, Air Testing and Air Tightness Consultancy – Long Eaton Extra Care
Defence Related Environmental Assessment Methodology, specifically addresses the environmental sustainability performance of MOD construction projects by supporting the whole project design team through the design, construction and FM processes to ensure whole life cycle costs are minimized, comfortable internal conditions are achieved fit for purpose and environmental issues are sympathetically managed.
There are two separate DREAM tools, both developed by the MOD to specifically address the unique nature of MOD buildings. Those tools are:
- ‘DREAM Assess’ – designed to be used for new buildings and major refurbishments that use energy to condition the indoor climate for occupation.
- ‘DREAM Minor New Works (MNW)’ – designed for smaller projects and partial refurbishments.
HRS offer experienced assessors who can undertake DREAM assessments. HRS pride ourselves on open lines of communication, providing you with a proactive service, working with you as part of your team.
For more information please contact 0800 030 4391 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainability Champion (previously known as BREEAM Accredited Professional or BREEAM AP)
What does a Sustainability champion do? How can they help me?
The role of the HRS Sustainability Champion (previously known as BREEAM AP) is to work closely with you and guide you through the RIBA stages, looking at your designs to ensure you achieve the maximum amount of BREEAM credits in the most cost effective way.
What is the difference between a Sustainability Champion and a BREEAM Assessor?
A Sustainability Champion cannot sign off that the final BREEAM rating has been achieved, their role is advisory, whereas a BREEAM Assessor’s role is to review and confirm. HRS Sustainability Champions are also BREEAM Assessors who have a wealth of in-depth experience in helping clients to achieve their desired BREEAM Rating.
If you would like any advice or more information, please contact HRS or click here for our KNOWLEDGE Hub or click here to request a quote.
Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH or sometimes abbreviated to just ‘Code’)
Why and when do I need to do a CfSH assessment?
You will need a CfSH assessment if you are working on new housing that is funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), or on any new dwelling that is supported/promoted by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Some but not all local authorities also require CfSH standards to be met as a condition of planning approval.
What you need to know
You need to contact a CfSH assessor early. CSH have rating levels which range from 1 to 6. There are mandatory minimum requirements for some areas.
HRS have a team of CfSH Assessors who will work closely with you to ensure you achieve your desired rating.
If you would like any advice, more information or a quote, please call 0800 030 4391, click here to contact HRS, visit our knowledge hub or request a quote.
Home Quality Mark (HQM)
What is the Home Quality Mark (HQM)?
It is voluntary scheme which aims to allow home buyers to make smart choices and will allow developers to demonstrate the high quality of their homes.
Like Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM, credits are awarded in different sections to give a final rating (1 to 5 stars). Alongside the final rating are 3 indicators: Living Cost, Health and Wellbeing and Environmental Footprint.
Home Quality Mark – Star Rating
The 1 to 5 star rating provides home owners and potential buyers to see how energy efficient a house is, in a very quick and easy way.
5 is the best rating a house can achieve.
The Benefits to House Builders
The benefit to house builders is that they are able to demonstrate the quality of the homes they have built and differentiate them in the housing marketplace.
It will also provide the people that are buying / renting a quality mark star rating home with expert, impartial information on building quality and running costs, as well as the positive benefits of living in a healthy home.
Who Gives the Home Quality Mark Rating?
The Home Quality Mark Rating can only be issued by fully trained and licensed professional assessors; they are the only ones that can score the wide ranging aspects of a new home and then award the house an overall quality rating. HRS’s Home Quality Mark Assessor would be happy to discuss in more detail how the scores are awarded or provide any other information or a quotation for this service.
What issues does Home Quality Mark address?
||Transport and movement
||Accessible Public Transport
Alternative Sustainable Transport Options
||Safety and resilience
Managing the Impact of Rainfall
Internal and external noise
||Energy & Cost
||Energy Forecast and Cost
Impact on Local Air Quality
||Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products
Environmental Impact from Construction Products
Life Cycle Costing of Materials
Durability of Construction Products
Access and Space
||Commissioning and Performance
Construction Energy Use
Construction Water Use
||Post Occupancy Evaluation
Please call 0800 030 4391, email email@example.com or click here for our knowledge hub or here to request a quote
HRS can provide you with a complete range of building environmental and sustainability services, meaning you can save time and money, avoid inconvenience and your risks are minimised.
From concept design stage to completion, HRS can work alongside you every step of the way. You and your project would be supported by HRS’s extensive knowledge that has been built up over 30 years, whether you need consultancy or on site advice and guidance, HRS’s large team of consultants and on site technicians are here to support you to make sure that your project hands over on time and within budget.
At HRS we believe strongly in being pro-active and customer focused, providing you with innovative cost-effective solutions.
All you need to do is make one phone call to 0800 030 4391 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org sending one set of drawings stating what services you require, and HRS will take it from there.