The Building Research Establishment (BRE) periodically update their standards to maintain technical robustness and reflect changes in opportunity through evolving practice, technologies and market drivers (keeping abreast of changes within the industry, policy and regulations). Updates also provide an opportunity for the BRE to address feedback from assessors, clients and other stakeholders to ensure the standard continues to deliver better buildings and value to the client.
The current BREEAM UK New Construction standard was launched back in 2014. The BRE aims to review and update standards on a three to four year cycle and they have begun the process of updating. The next version is expected to go live in 2018.
The consultation on the DRAFT technical manual is now open and will run until Friday 3rd November 2017, with a projected launch date of early 2018 for the final scheme. The DRAFT technical manual can be downloaded here.
The main alterations to the scheme are as follows:
- The proposed approach for the detailed energy modelling criteria for the Ene 01 issue; and,
- The addition of the new optional third stage of the assessment process, labelled as the Verification Stage. This stage confirms the process of monitoring, reviewing and reporting on the building once the building is occupied (typically a minimum of 12 month after occupation).
If you wish to comment or contrubute to the consultation we would be please to hear from you.