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BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 Factsheet

BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 Factsheet

When was the new guide released?

BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 was released at the end of March 2018 and is open for registrations now. All new developments must be registered against this scheme.

Are there new category weightings?

All of the category weightings have been reviewed, apart from Water. The new weightings for the remaining categories are:

Category 2014 Weighting (%) 2018 Weighting (%)
Management 12 11 -1
Health and Wellbeing 15 14 -1
Energy 15 16 +1
Transport 9 10 +1
Water 7 7     –
Materials 13.5 15 +1.5
Waste 8.5 6 -2.5
Land Use and Ecology 10 13 +3
Pollution 10 8 -2


Which issues require early-stage input?

RIBA Stage 1 issues:

  • Mat 06 – Material efficiency
  • Le 02 – Survey and evaluation

RIBA Stage 2 issues:

  • Man 01 – Project delivery planning
  • Man 01 – BREEAM Advisory Professional (AP)
  • Man 02 – Elemental life cycle costing
  • Hea 06 – Security of site and building
  • Ene 04 – Passive design analysis, free cooling and low zero carbon feasibility study
  • Mat 01 – Building life cycle assessment
  • Mat 03 – Enabling sustainable procurement
  • Wst 01 – Pre-demolition audit
  • Wst 05 – Resilience of structure, fabric, building services and renewables installation
  • Wst 06 – Design for disassembly and functional adaptability (recommendations)



What are the main changes compared to New Construction 2014?

‘Management’ changes

Man 01 – Project brief and design

  • Sustainability Champion is now the new Advisory Professional (AP).


Man 03 – Responsible construction practices

  • Considerate Construction credit amended to Responsible Construction Management. CCS can still contribute to credits being awarded however additional information and evidence must be provided.
  • Targets now need to be set for construction sit impacts. This target setting is a pre-requisite for the AP credits.


Man 04 – Commissioning and handover

  • Handover requirements have been amended so that two building user guides must be developed. A non-technical user guide for distribution to the building occupiers and a technical user guide for the premise’s facilities manager.


Man 05 – Aftercare

  • Funds must be committed to carrying out the Post Occupancy Evaluation before the credit can be awarded at Design Stage.
  • Exemplary credit has been removed.



‘Health and Wellbeing’ changes

Hea 01 – Visual comfort

  • A glare control assessment must be completed to demonstrate where glare will and will not be.
  • The number of credits available for daylighting for multi-residential assessments has changed. Prisons, offices and creches are now separate building types.
  • Daylighting for healthcare buildings has now changed. The 2 credits are now tiered and there is an alternative approach based on median and minimum daylight factors.
  • View out is now assessed for 95% of relevant building areas, instead of 100%.
  • New exemplary credit is available for internal lighting.


Hea 02 – Indoor Air Quality

  • Indoor air quality plan is now a prerequisite, not a separate credit.
  • In the plan, there must be consideration for air quality in specialist areas, such as laboratories.
  • Additional routes for compliance for the ventilation credit.
  • Standards have been updated for VOC emissions from building products. Credits available are tiered based on the number of products that comply.
  • New TVOC benchmarks.


Hea 03 – Safe containment in laboratories

  • This issue has been removed from the 2018 scheme.


Hea 04 – Thermal comfort

  • Design for future thermal comfort now requires using the CIBSE 2016 weather files.


Hea 05 – Acoustic performance

  • All building types now need to follow acoustic principles. All building types have 3 credits available apart from residential institutions which has 4.



Hea 06 – Security

  • This issue now specifically relates to security only. Safety criteria has been moved to Hea 07.
  • Exemplary level credit now available.
  • Suitably Qualified Security Specialist definition updated.


Hea 07 – Safe and healthy surroundings

  • New issue for the 2018 scheme.
  • Safe access criteria updated from Hea 06.
  • New credit for assessment of outside space.



‘Energy’ changes

Ene 01 – Reduction of energy use and carbon emissions

  • All assessment types have 9 credits available.
  • 4 additional credits are available for Prediction of Operational Energy Consumption for all assessments apart from Shell Only. These are awarded by undertaking additional design and post construction stage energy modelling and reporting consumption targets.
  • New EPRNC benchmarks.
  • Up to 5 exemplary credits are available for all assessment types other than Shell Only.
  • Simple buildings have 9 credits available for EPR and 7 exemplary credits available.


Ene 02 – Energy monitoring

  • New criterion for sub-metering of high energy load and tenancy areas for single occupancy buildings.


Ene 03 – External lighting

  • Benchmark has been updated for average luminous efficacy.


Ene 04 – Low carbon design

  • Passive design analysis and low zero carbon feasibility study criteria amended. A ‘meaningful reduction’ in energy is not now needed, instead, the reduction needs to be quantified.
  • Free cooling credit now only available to naturally ventilated buildings.


Ene 07 – Energy efficient laboratory systems

  • Prerequisite to meet Hea 03 requirements has been removed.


Ene 08 – Energy efficient equipment

  • The issue will now not be applicable where there will be no unregulated energy consumption in a development.
  • Small power has been removed as an entry in the examples of solutions table. Small power can still be considered the significant contributing unregulated energy consumption of the building and assessed.
  • Drying space requirements from Ene 09 in 2014 have been incorporated into this issue.


Ene 09 – Drying space

  • This issue has been removed from the 2018 scheme.



‘Transport’ changes

Tra 01 – Transport assessment and travel plan

  • Category has been completely restructured with only 2 issues in, Tra 01 and Tra 02.
  • Tra 01 includes Travel Plan requirements and reporting the existing site’s Accessibility Index and accessible amenities to demonstrate the transport situation pre-construction. 2 credits are available. Tra 01 is a pre-requisite to Tra 02.


Tra 02 – Sustainable transport measures

  • Tra 02 requires sustainable transport measures to be implemented based on the analysis of the site pre-construction to make improvements. 10 credits are available.



‘Water’ changes

  • No significant changes.



Materials’ changes

Mat 01 – Environmental impacts from construction products – Building life cycle assessment

  • This issue has been completely restructured. Building life cycle assessments must be completed. It now also brings the assessment of hard landscaping (Mat 02) and insulation (Mat 04) into it.


Mat 02 – Environmental impacts from construction products

  • This issue now focuses on encouraging Environmental Product Declarations on construction products.
  • Hard landscaping and boundary protection has been incorporated into the assessment of Mat 01.


Mat 03 – Responsible sourcing of materials

  • The methodology and definitions from the International 2016 scheme have been incorporated into the 2018 scheme.
  • Guidance Note 24 is referenced.
  • The benchmarks have been reduced to achieve the credits.


Mat 04 – Insulation

  • This issue has been removed from the 2018 scheme.


Mat 05 – Designing for durability and resilience

  • Protection measures for malicious damage have been added to the scheme.
  • The requirements regarding material degradation are now more detailed. This uses BS 7543:2015 as the default standard, however the design team must conduct a detailed assessment of materials’ degradation due to environmental factors.


Mat 06 – Material efficiency

  • Inclusions of examples of material efficiencies at each work stage table from International 2016 has been incorporated into the 2018 scheme.



‘Waste’ changes

Wst 01 – Construction waste management

  • Extra credit is available for pre-demolition audit.
  • Data from external waste contractors must be reliable and verifiable for the Wst 01 exemplary credit.


Wst 02 – Use of recycled and sustainably sourced aggregates

  • All aggregates used are assessed and aggregate selection is assessed in more detail.


Wst 03 – Operational waste

  • Dwellings with communal facilities must provide compostable waste storage.


Wst 05 – Adaptation to climate change  

  • Building services must be included in the assessment for Wst 05.


Wst 06 – Design of disassembly and adaptability

  • 2 credits are now available for Wst 06. 1 for disassembly and adaptability recommendations, and 1 for implementation.


‘Land Use and Ecology’ changes

Le 02 – Identifying and understanding the risks and opportunities for the project

  • There are no significant changes to Le 01 however the rest of the category has been completely restructured.
  • The criteria now focuses on understanding the ecological baseline of the site, and the risks and opportunities for the project.


Le 03 – Managing negative impacts on ecology

  • The criteria is based on the hierarchy for managing negative ecological impacts on the site – avoidance, protection, reduction of damage and compensation are considered.


Le 04 – Change and enhancement of ecological value

  • The issue rewards credits based on the measures and solutions that are put in place to enhance the ecology on site.


Le 05 – Long term ecology management and maintenance

  • The criteria focuses on the maintenance and management of new and existing ecological features.



‘Pollution’ changes

Pol 02 – Local air quality

  • The aim this issue is now local air quality. NOx, VOCs and particulate matter emissions must be assessed.
  • NOx benchmarks have been revised. Emission benchmarks are percentage improvements on EU legislative maximums.


Pol 03 – Floor and surface water management

  • An appropriate consultant must be appointed for any Pol 03 credits to be achieved.
  • 30% improvement is now required for surface water run-off credits.
  • Water pollution measures must be bespoke.


Pol 05 – Reduction of noise pollution  

  • If the assessment is of an extension, the existing building’s services must be included as background noise.