Adapt or Die

We are looking at a changed world and we must adapt to it

Climate change, global warming, extreme weather events or whatever else one refers to it as, is not going away! 

 ‘It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.’ Charles Darwin

Adapting building design to accommodate the changed world is an increasingly important aspect of new build projects. It’s no longer just about reducing emissions alone, designs must look to adapt to the changing climate.

BREEAM UK New Construction (NC) 2018 has developed a set of criteria which successfully allows designers to focus on solutions for adaption. There are up to 15 credits directly or indirectly associated with adapting to climate change which could help benefit your building ensuring that it can be used effectively far into the future.

Get in touch with Maxine Goodey, our in-house specialist, to discuss how we can help you achieve the BREEAM credits in a cost-effective manner whilst adding to the quality of the building design at the same time.

SAP10

Proposed amendments to the Energy Rating of Dwellings assessment procedure

 

Energy efficiency regulations are continuing to evolve, with the latest version of the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) having been published in July 2018, following a consultation process launched in November 2016. The SAP10 document incorporates a number of changes to the procedure and background figures, intended to more accurately reflect the energy consumption of dwellings and adapt the methodology to a changing environment and wider energy system.

AES Sustainability Consultants has reviewed and analysed the proposed document in order to get a clear picture of the potential impact on the housebuilding industry. The documents below provide an overview and impact assessment based on what we currently know. It is anticipated that a consultation on revisions to Part L of the Building Regulations will be launched in Spring 2019 and the amended methodology would be adopted following the conclusion of this process.

If you have any questions about the impact of these changes on your business in the future,

please contact us to discuss and we’ll be pleased to help.

 

Impact Assessment – Criterion 3 SAP 2016

SAP10 – AES Commentary – 03-10-18

What is the point of BREEAM?

BREEAM… Do you even know what it stands for?

BREEAM Green planet

As a BREEAM Assessor sometimes the most common answer I hear to the above question is ‘client wants it’ or ‘to satisfying that planning condition’. I have written this note as a beginners guide and reminder to professionals of why the construction industry needs BREEAM.

It is well known that the construction industry has huge environmental impacts on our planet. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, 2012) state that the current global built environment is responsible for:

  • 30% of greenhouse gas emissions
  • 3 billion tonnes of raw materials per annum
  • 20% of global water usage
  • 30-40% of global energy consumption

The Environment Agency (2007) report that 50% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK are caused by the energy used in constructing, occupying and operating buildings.

BREEAM seeks to reduce these impacts by encouraging developers and businesses to make positive changes.

What is BREEAM?

BREEAM stands for the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method.  It is a certification scheme to categorise, assess and rate buildings based on a standardised set of criteria.  BREEAM is operated by the BRE who are an independent trust and so are separate from the government and firms.  This allows the BRE to be both objective and credible.

What is the point of BREEAM?

Here are the six main aims of BREEAM:

Deliver Sustainable Solutions

BREEAM aims to push developments to go beyond the minimum standards and regulations

Provide a holistic framework

There are a wide range of sustainability issues that need to be considered through the life cycle stages of the development process.  BREEAM provides a weighting to different sustainability issues which are then combined to make a single score.  Therefore if you maximise the score you automatically maintain the balance.

Based on sound science

The BREEAM framework is based on scientific research with industry wide consultations.

Measure what is important

Sustainable developments consists of economic, social and environmental issues, it is easy to measure the economic impacts by looking at a purchase receipt.  BREEAM aims to make the environmental and social impacts just as easy to measure.

Support a process of change

BREEAM aims to recognise and reward developments that have gone beyond simple regulations.  BREEAM therefore provides a framework for the government to set direction and incorporate requirements in to planning legislation.

Deliverer of value for buildings and their occupants

BREEAM can deliver value through reduced running costs through less energy, water and waste consumption during both the construction and operational phase.  In addition a building that works for its occupants as BREEAM includes aspects of stakeholder participation, air quality, thermal comfort, good acoustics, safe and security issues to name but a few

 

If you have any questions or enquiries around BREEAM Assessments please do not hesitate to contact us.