We’re bringing together two successful sustainability rating schemes – BREEAM and CEEQUAL – to create a single international best practice standard for civil engineering projects.
Since November 2015, CEEQUAL has been part of the BRE Group and the BREEAM family of international sustainability standards. We now operate two successful sustainability assessment and certification schemes – BREEAM and CEEQUAL – that will lead to a single ‘best of both’ next version standard for assessing sustainability best practice in civil engineering projects.
Continuing the success of CEEQUAL
Since its launch in 2003, CEEQUAL has become an internationally recognised sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme for civil engineering works, used on over 640 projects including Crossrail and the London 2012 Olympics. It is used around the world in Sweden, Hong Kong, Qatar, Norway, Dubai as well as in the UK. In taking on the operation of CEEQUAL, BRE aims to secure the scheme’s continued success and ensure its ongoing legacy.
No change for CEEQUAL users
We strongly recommend CEEQUAL as an established, effective and well received scheme and it will continue to operate as normal for new and current users with no change to its current operations. Commitments and contracts with current customers will continue unchanged. CEEQUAL will continue to be available for new project and term contract registrations. CEEQUAL users should continue to start new projects with CEEQUAL.
The already planned upgrade of CEEQUAL to Version 6 will continue to be developed. It will now benefit from appropriate aspects of the science and metrics based, outcome focused approach adopted by the BREEAM Infrastructure pilot. Project teams and CEEQUAL Assessors will be able to transition to the updated version when it is launched. The upgrade is currently on schedule for release in 2018 and updates on the development programme will be communicated. The work is being guided by a specially appointed working group of users and experts from both CEEQUAL and BREEAM backgrounds.
BREEAM New Construction Infrastructure (Pilot)
In 2013, we began developing a pilot BREEAM methodology for infrastructure projects at BRE as a performance based assessment method and certification scheme for new infrastructure assets.
The scheme aims to mitigate the life cycle impacts of new infrastructure assets on the environment and enhance positive social and economic impacts. The methodology can be integrated into the design and construction process by clients and their project teams to influence key decisions in the project. It also enables the client to measure, evaluate and reflect the performance of their new infrastructure asset against best practice. The BREEAM Infrastructure Assessor and the BRE Global certification process provide independence and robustness to the assessment.
We are piloting the BREEAM infrastructure methodology with a select number of projects and you can now apply this methodology to projects that are being newly constructed. We are operating the pilot alongside CEEQUAL to verify the application of the BREEAM criteria to different types and scales of project.
Which approach should you take now?
Existing users of CEEQUAL and newcomers to sustainability rating schemes should use CEEQUAL. Those with a preference for the BREEAM methodology, users of BREEAM, or those seeking to apply the very latest approach to sustainability for infrastructure should consider a BREEAM Infrastructure pilot.
Both schemes will be beneficial to the project: delivering improved resource efficiency and potential for financial savings, providing a framework for managing sustainability for the project, recognising standards achieved, and offering benchmarking and team building opportunities.
We will ensure that any future branding changes will not disadvantage any user and there will be options to transition if helpful to the project.