What is BREEAM

BREEAM or Building Research Establishments Environmental Assessment Method, is an environmental assessment and rating system for buildings. Ratings range from Pass, Good, Very Good and Excellent.  


BREEAM is a voluntary scheme, but since 1990 some 1 million buildings have been registered against the scheme and 250,000 assessments completed. Despite being a voluntary national scheme, many LPAs include a BREEAM requirement within their development plans.  


What does the BREEAM assess? 

There are ten areas of assessment covering the design and construction of a property:-      

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

How is a BREEAM assessment carried out

There are a number of stages to a BREEAM assessment. At JSP we aim to make this as hassle free as possible

Stage 1 - Pre-assessment:

Many Local Planning Authorities require a BREEAM pre-assessment to accompany a planning application to confirm that the submitted design can achieve the required Level of sustainability. This process involves an appraisal of the design and discussions with the client and architect as to what is achievable and what must be incorporated into the design. We find it is best to be informed from the start!

Stage 2 - Design Stage:
One of our experienced assessors sits down with the client, project manager, the architect, the contractor (if instructed) and the M&E engineer amongst others, to map the most cost effective route to compliance. This meeting is followed up with a comprehensive report and the collation of the various pieces of evidence needed to justify the award of credits.  

Stage 3 - External Verification:
Our report and the accompanying evidence is audited externally by Building Research Establishment. A design stage or interim certificate is then released to confirm the design has the potential to achieve the stated BREEAM rating.

Stage 4 - Post Construction:
Our assessor will visit the property to confirm it has been constructed in line with the agreed design. This is followed by another report and additional evidence, which is again audited by the BRE.

Stage 5 - Final Certification:
Certification is released and this can be passed to the LPA to successfully discharge the planning condition.

The role of the Breeam Assessor.
The role of the BREEAM assessor is to examine the design and award credits based on the guidance included within the published Technical Manual. However at JSP we believe the role should go much further. BREEAM can be a time consuming and difficult process, to say nothing of the additional expenditure that can result. A proactive, engaged and experienced assessor however can lighten the burden. At JSP we believe it is our role to:-


  • Provide the simplest and most cost effective solution to achieving compliance
  • To take charge of the assessment process and manage the collation of evidence necessary to award certification.
  • Communicate with the architect, contractor and other professionals such as the landscape architect/ecologist and M&E engineer as to what their responsibilities are.


The professionals at JSP have years of experience in delivering an efficient, cost sensitive and friendly service. Whatever the BREEAM rating or challenge, we can help.