What is BREEAM?

BREEAM is the world’s leading environmental rating and sustainability assessment tool for buildings, master planning and infrastructure. BREEAM provides a framework for sustainable design and uses recognised measures of performance to appraise the building’s design, construction and operation. The assessment covers the following sections:

  • Management
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Land Use and Ecology
  • Pollution

A percentage score is awarded for each environmental section resulting in a pass, good, very good, excellent or outstanding rating.

BREEAM assessment has become the preferred environmental assessment method to be included in the Local Development Frameworks of Local Authorities throughout the UK. A BREEAM assessment is now an essential part of the environmental Core Planning Policies for the development of Non-domestic new construction and major refurbishment for the majority of Local Authorities nationwide.

How AA Projects can help

Our BREEAM Accredited Professional (BREEAM AP) service ensures that we can deliver a high level of competence in the BREEAM assessment process. AA Projects can also provide the following as part of a comprehensive BREEAM service:

  • Low Zero Carbon feasibility studies
  • Part L calculations (SAP and SBEM)
  • Energy Performance Certificates
  • Life cycle costing analysis
  • Daylighting calculations
  • Building User Guides

We have qualified BREEAM assessors that can offer a full consultancy and assessment service.

We are committed to delivering quality services and our externally accredited integrated management system conforms to ISO 9001 (quality) ISO 14001 (environmental) and ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety).

Benefits of BREEAM

  • A system to help reduce running costs
  • Improved property marketability and return on investment
  • A tool for supporting planning and funding conditions

SKA Rating

What is SKA rating?

SKA rating is an environmental assessment methodology developed by RICS similar to BREEAM but designed to assess the environmental performance of refurbishment and fit-out projects. It compares the environmental performance of offices, retail buildings and higher education fit-out schemes.

There are three levels of accreditation dependent on performance; Gold, Silver and Bronze. Good practice measures are ranked depending on their feasibility and impact on the environment, using a scoring range from 1 to 104. The assessment is an online tool which allows all members of the team to log on and review progress.

How AA Projects can help

We employ SKA accredited assessors as part of a team of energy and sustainability consultants. We were one of the first organisations to employ SKA Higher Education assessors and to have projects assessed under SKA.

Our team has extensive experience in delivering environmental assessments and will ensure that the correct metrics are used at each of the three stages (see below) and that the highest possible rating is achieved.

Design stage

  • With the client we identify good practise measures during the project scope, then we can prioritise which measures to achieve based on design, cost, programme and benefits assessment, and add these measures into the scope of works for the project. This will set the environmental performance standards for how the project is delivered, in terms of waste management and energy in use. If the specification demonstrates the proposed measures are likely to be achieved, they will be reflected in an indicative rating.

Fit-out stage

  • SKA has a strong focus on materials and waste, so we regularly conduct workshops reviewing the design team’s specification and the contractor’s procurement process to maximise achievement.

Handover stage - SKA certificate provided

  • We gather evidence from operation and maintenance manuals as well as other sources to prove what has been specified and delivered and that the performance benchmarks have been achieved.

Benefits of SKA rating

  • The scheme is cheaper than other assessment methodologies (both in terms of professional fees and far fewer commissioned reports).
  • The assessment is based on the scope of work there is no need for site/campus wide aspects such as providing additional infrastructure
  • The assessment process is completed online, a score and a certificate of achievement can be obtained instantly by all parties
  • Improves wellbeing in working environments
  • Reduces the cost of the fit-out through innovative sustainable solutions
  • Reduces the ongoing operational costs related to the occupation of the refurbished space by reducing energy and water usage (fit-outs give the opportunity to install resource efficient equipment)
  • Improves an organisation’s reputation and CSR credentials
  • Provides a set of standards which can be used to market the property

Homes Quality Mark

What is the Home Quality Mark (HQM)?

The Home Quality Mark (HQM) is an independent certification like the old Code for Sustainable Homes, that indicates the environmental impact associated with living in a home.

For more information, contact the team.