Frequently asked questions

CEEQUAL (2018) Pre registrations

I have a CEEQUAL award already underway, can it continue using the current assessment method? Or would it need to be transferred to the new scheme?

Yes, existing CEEQUAL assessments will be supported right through to completion and we currently have projects due to run until 2027.

Can I still register my project on CEEQUAL Version 5.2?

Yes, if you are keen to continue with the familiarity of CEEQUAL v5.2 you can still register for this. In addition, if your project has a relatively short timeline or is already underway we actively recommend that you register for CEEQUAL Version 5.2. The cut-off date for V5.2 registrations will be announced in September this year.

Note, we will continue to support all CEEQUAL assessments until their completion date.

Can I register my project on CEEQUAL (2018) now?

Not yet. CEEQUAL (2018) is still in development, it will be launched in November 2018. We anticipate launching it in late 2018. If you are working on a project that is currently in its feasibility/strategy development phases then you can pre-register [add link to pre-reg page] and gain early access to the anticipated strategic criteria that will be included in CEEQUAL (2018).

If projects want to upgrade what support will be offered?

We will discuss this on a case by case basis.

Will it still be possible to apply for a CEEQUAL award using the previous manuals / versions of the scheme?

We are currently considering whether to have an overlap of CEEQUAL Version 5 with the new version for a short period, but there will be a date in the future when all new registrations will be for the updated scheme. We will be announcing the cut-off date for V5.2 applications in September this year.

My project is fairly short-term (it will be completed in 3-4 years) do I have to use the CEEQUAL (2018) Pre-registration process?

No you don’t. If your project has a relatively short timescale or is already underway we actively recommend that you register with CEEQUAL Version 5.2 before the launch of CEEQUAL (2018), at the end of the year, rather than use the pre-registration process.

Can I register my project under BREEAM Infrastructure (pilot)?

Yes. As part of the recently launched CEEQUAL (2018) pre-registration process, use of the BREEAM Infrastructure (Pilot) is one option within this for projects that have very specific requirements.

 

CEEQUAL (2018)

Where can I download a copy of the CEEQUAL (2018) Assessment Manual?

CEEQUAL (2018) hasn’t been launched yet so the manual is not yet available. It will be launched in November 2018. A public consultation of the CEEQUAL (2018) scheme will begin in June 2018. If you are working on the feasibility/strategy development phases of a project then you can pre-register [insert link] to gain early access to the anticipated strategic criteria that will be in CEEQUAL (2018).

Do you have any feel yet for the comparative levels of registration fee between current and future versions of CEEQUAL?

We do not yet know the precise figure but we know that the industry will not accept a large increase and therefore the fees will be similar to now. Lookout for our announcements on fees around September this year.

Will there be a requirement for a company/assessor to be licensed (with a fee) as in current BREEAM schemes?

We anticipate the fee structure to be based on the current CEEQUAL model, although we may make some small changes. We do not currently expect to introduce annual licence fees for assessors. Announcements on feescales for the new version will be made in September this year.

Will the contribution to sustainable living questions remain optional?

This will be decided later in the scheme development process after taking account of feedback and consultation.

Will there be any additional sections added to the new assessment process?

Yes, we are planning new sections – such as resilience – and these will be released when the draft scheme goes out for public consultation.

Will there be an opportunity for sector groups to be involved in the consultation?

Yes. We will have a public consultation on the draft manual that will be open to all. This is currently scheduled for June 2018.

Will the new scheme be called CEEQUAL or BREEAM Infrastructure?

The new scheme will be called CEEQUAL (2018). A new logo has already been launched that clearly indicates its place in the BREEAM family of schemes.

 

Training

Should I train as a CEEQUAL Assessor now or wait until CEEQUAL (2018) training?

It depends on your circumstances. If it is possible that you may be involved in an existing CEEQUAL Version 5 assessment, or commencing one before the end of 2018, then training now and following up with the top-up training will be the best option. If you are certain that they will only need to use the new version then waiting may be the better option.

I am a CEEQUAL Assessor will I need to retrain to assess CEEQUAL (2018)?

Yes, there will be an upgrade course which you will need to pass to be able to assess on CEEQUAL (2018). We don’t yet know precise details of whether this will be face to face or eLearning. We anticipate being able to announce more details in July this year.

I am a BREEAM Infrastructure (pilot) Assessor will I need to retrain to assess CEEQUAL (2018)?

Yes, there will be an upgrade course which you will need to pass to be able to assess on CEEQUAL (2018). We don’t yet know precise details of whether this will be face to face or eLearning. We anticipate being able to announce more details in July this year.

I am a BREEAM Infrastructure (pilot) and a CEEQUAL Assessor will I need to retrain to assess CEEQUAL (2018)?

There will be a full training course for new assessors and top-up courses for those who are already CEEQUAL or BREEAM Infrastructure Pilot assessors. A course will also be available to those who are trained in both. Details will be released in July this year.

I am an Assessor for one of the BREEAM Building Schemes will I need to retrain to assess CEEQUAL (2018)?

Yes, CEEQUAL (2018), like BREEAM Infrastructure (Pilot) has some significant differences in both process and content to the Buildings schemes. So this means that you will need to retrain as a new assessor.

When will you start training assessors on CEEQUAL (2018)?

We anticipate it being in the Autumn of this year. Please look out for announcements in July of the arrangements for the new course.

When will you stop running training courses for CEEQUAL Version 5.2?

Not until the new Scheme is launched in November this year. Even after that we anticipate there being some demand for training on this version to enable project teams to place new assessors onto existing assessments.

When will you stop running training courses for BREEAM Infrastructure (Pilot)?

We have stopped advertising these courses and they are now only available on demand. They are run predominantly to train new assessors who will be working on existing pilot assessments. If you think you need training on the BREEAM Infrastructure (Pilot) please contact us on breeaminfrastructure@bre.co.uk

As a CEEQUAL (2018) assessor will I be able to assess other CEEQUAL versions or just the new scheme?

We are planning to ensure that assessors who qualify for the new scheme will also be able to use past versions of the scheme if needed, although we expect this to become increasingly rare.

 

BREEAM Infrastructure (Pilot)

Why are you dropping the BREEAM Infrastructure name?

CEEQUAL was launched in 2004 and was the first sustainability rating scheme for infrastructure in the world and used on more than 700 projects.  As a result of this it is a very well-known and established brand and has been embedded into numerous organisations policy and procurement documentation since then and this is important and difficult to change. We have therefore decided to maintain this heritage and use CEEQUAL as our brand for sustainability rating in the infrastructure world. BREEAM will remain focussed on sustainability rating for buildings.  The new brand for CEEQUAL (2018) is styled to align with BREEAM to demonstrate that is part of the BREEAM family.

What is happening to BREEAM Infrastructure?

The learning from BREEAM Infrastructure (Pilot) is being incorporated into the development of CEEQUAL (2018) and with CEEQUAL v5.2 will cease to exist as it is superseded by the new version.

I am already using BREEAM Infrastructure (Pilot) do I have to upgrade?

No, nearer the time of the launch of CEEQUAL (2018) we will have a one to one conversation with each project using the BREEAM Infrastructure (Pilot) to discuss the options and which might be best for your project. We will continue to support all BREEAM Infrastructure (Pilot) assessments until their completion date.

Will BREEAM Infrastructure continue to exist after the launch of CEEQUAL (2018)?

No, the learning from BREEAM Infrastructure (Pilot) is being incorporated into the development of CEEQUAL (2018) and as such it will cease to exist once the new version is launched. However, we will continue to support all BREEAM Infrastructure (Pilot) assessments until their completion date.

 

CEEQUAL Version 5.2

What are the estimated costings for CEEQUAL?

You can find the current CEEQUAL scheme fees online at http://www.ceequal.com/fee-scale/.

Is there a separate fee for the verifier?

Verifier fees are included in all fee scales although international travel time and expenses are charged in addition.

Will CEEQUAL Version 5.2 continue to exist after the launch of CEEQUAL (2018)?

Other than a short period of overlap still to be decided CEEQUAL Version 5.2 is being incorporated into the development of CEEQUAL (2018) and as such it will cease to exist once the new version is launched. However, we will continue to support all CEEQUAL assessments until their completion date. We will release the cut-off date for CEEQUAL V5.2 in September this year.

 

Term Contracts

Will CEEQUAL Term Contracts be upgraded too?

Yes it will but not this year. Our current plan is to upgrade this to bring it into line with CEEEQUAL (2018) for Projects. We haven’t got a firm programme for this yet but work will commence after CEEQUAL (2018) has been launched later this year.

Is the pre-registration process applicable to CEEQUAL Term Contracts Version 5.2?

No, the CEEQUAL (2018) Pre-registration process is only applicable to projects. Any Infrastructure maintenance/framework contracts should continue to use and apply for CEEQUAL Term Contracts Version 5.2.