BREEAM stands for 'Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method' and is a way of benchmarking the environmental and sustainable credentials of a non domestic new development or refurb. 

Coles Knapp have a team of Accredited BREEAM assessors, including BREEAM APs, and as such can produce both 'Design stage' and 'Post Construction' assessments.  It is beneficial to involve your BREEAM assessor as early in the design process as possible, so as many of the credit-earning issues as possible can be included in the design. All our clients also have 24  hour access to the BREEAM 'Tracker Plus' system, which tracks the assessment from start to finish, and can be used to access and upload information.

Coles Knapp also offer 'BREEAM Pre Assessment Reports' which can be used as part of a Planning Application or the accompanying Design and Access Statement to establish the applications BREEAM credentials in the eyes of the planners.

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Background Information

BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance.


BREEAM provides clients, developers, designers and others with

- market recognition for low environmental impact buildings

- assurance that best environmental practice is incorporated into a building

- inspiration to find innovative solutions that minimise the environmental impact

- a benchmark that is higher than regulation

- a tool to help reduce running costs, improve working and living environments

- a standard that demonstrates progress towards corporate and organisational environmental objectives


BREEAM addresses wide-ranging environmental and sustainability issues and enables developers and designers to prove the environmental credentials of their buildings to planners and clients. It:

- uses a straightforward scoring system that is transparent, easy to understand and supported by evidence-based research

- has a positive influence on the design, construction and management of buildings

- sets and maintains a robust technical standard with rigorous quality assurance and certification


When is BREEAM required?

It is required on all new developments by: English Partnerships; Office of Government Commerce; Department for Children, Schools and Families; Welsh Assembly Government on all land sold by WDA.
It is increasingly being seen as a planning condition or included as a Section 106.
In Wales From 1st Sept 09 - if a planning application is for non residential and the floorspace is over 1000m², or the site over 1 Ha, it must achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’.


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