WEST REGION EAST REGION 138 Constantine Way 23 Victoria Road Bilston Ibstock Wolverhampton Leicestershire UK UK WV14 8GU LE67 6AA Tel: 07984 318601 Tel: 07989 932871 FAX 01902 402914 Fax: 01530 261589 Our Ref: BREEAM AP & Time Critical Credits Date : 22.10.09 We have produced this document as we all too often receive enquiries for projects which are already at RIBA stages C/D or equivalent – by this stage there are so many credits which cannot be achieved and other credits which could be achieved simply with the early appointment of a suitably qualified BREEAM assessor. We hope that this will help clients and design teams make informed decisions about appointments and enable the attainment of BREEAM credits but also and more importantly, decisions which lead to better, more sustainable buildings. To avoid missing out on simple and relatively cheap credits, it is worth appointing a BREEAM AP (Accredited Professional) such as those at Code Green Ltd, no later than RIBA Stage B. Their involvement will not only achieve 2 credits* worth 2% (refer to Innovation section of BREEAM manual for full details) but will also ensure that the design team are aware of the requirements by way of consultation/feedback and early stage reports that need to be in place but also facilitate a more sustainable design. The time critical credits include: • Man6, Man 7, LE7 which are all associated with consultation and feedback (different issues with each). It is essential to get documentary evidence of consultation with a wide range of stakeholders (including pupils, parents, local residents/businesses, user groups, etc) and as important to feedback how their suggestions are being included (or not) within the design. For Man 6 this should start at RIBA Stage B whereby the consultation brief should be developed. LE7 only applies to Schools. • Man 5 a compliant Site Investigation Report is required by RIBA Stage C and should state that the Ground and ground water conditions are assessed in accordance with BS5930 Code of Practice for Site Investigations, that the engineering properties of the soil and aggressiveness of the ground water were established in accordance with BS1377:1990 - Parts 1-9 Methods of test for soils for civil engineering purposes and if the site investigation indicates the site may be contaminated, further investigations are carried out in accordance with BS 10175:2001 Investigation of potentially contaminated sites. • Man 8 requires consultation with the ALO/CPDA from the local police force during or prior to RIBA stage C. The intention is to design out the opportunity for crime in accordance with the principles of Secured by Design. The final design must embody the recommendations of the ALO/CPDA and conform to the principles and guidance of Secured by Design. • Man 12 requires that a life cycle analysis is developed during RIBA stages B/C to include construction, operation, maintenance and end of life over a 25 or 30 AND 60 year period. At least two of the following issues must be analysed at a strategic and system level (as per figure 6, Different levels of analysis at different stages of the life cycle, ISO 15686-1), comparing alternative options: envelope, structure, services, finishes. In short, the options with the best LCA should be selected and incorporated into the specification, design and construction. Code Green Ltd. Registered in England No. 6596133. Registered Office: Second Floor, Derwent House, 42-46 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4XB. WEST REGION EAST REGION 138 Constantine Way 23 Victoria Road Bilston Ibstock Wolverhampton Leicestershire UK UK WV14 8GU LE67 6AA Tel: 07984 318601 Tel: 07989 932871 FAX 01902 402914 Fax: 01530 261589 Our Ref: BREEAM AP & Time Critical Credits Date : 22.10.09 • Ene1 – Should an assessment be required of a historic building where typical energy improvements would not be possible, a study would need to be carried out to investigate the potential implications of improving the building fabric performance and making recommendations for potential improvements by a heritage conservation specialist no later than RIBA Stage C. • Ene 5 a feasibility study should be carried out into Low and Zero Carbon Technologies or LZC (covering all available methods), payback periods, carbon savings, etc. This is critical where renewables are to be installed as no credits can be awarded without the compliant feasibility study first being completed by RIBA Stage C. • Wst 1 a complaint SWMP must be developed at the early stages of the project, particularly where demolition or refurb is concerned – none of the 4 basic level credits can be awarded where demolition or refurbishment takes place without proper detail in the SWMP. The SWMP should be considered early to enable the maximum waste elimination through design. Credits are targeted and awarded against industry standards set by the DTI. Should the SWMP be placed in the hands of the contractor they really need to be involved early in the design process to have any opportunity to influence this and achieve credits. • LE4, LE5, LE6 the appointment of a suitably qualified ecologist should be considered early in the design process – it will not cost any more money for their early involvement (unless they are to do additional works), however, it could save money / delays. Where any demolition is required, the ecologists should always be appointed beforehand to assess the site which may legally require specialist surveys (i.e. bats). Establishing this early on is essential. The ecologist should be enabled with a scope of services to enhance the site’s ecology which will need to be incorporated into the design. RIBA Stage B is the recommended stage to carry out a site survey – this must be done before any site clearance / preparation works. • LE8 requires that a partnership is developed by the design team with a local group that has wildlife expertise such as the local wildlife trust or similar body. They will be required to provide advice in the design process and then to provide ongoing support and advice to the school to help them manage and develop the outdoor space in the longer term. LE8 only applies to Schools. Please note that whilst it is not vital that all of these credits are achieved, many are cost effective and can greater increase the sustainability of a development. Your BREEAM assessor will be able to advise on the most suitable credits to consider for a given project. Refer to full guidance for each of the above as this is only a summary, available from www.breeam.org/login.jsp, or for further information please contact Code Green Ltd. Code Green Ltd. 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