Frequently asked questions

CEEQUAL Version 6 pre-registration

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 Version 5.2 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 Version 5.2 registrations will be later this year.

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

Can I register my project on CEEQUAL Version 6 now?

We are launching CEEQUAL Version 6 at the end of June. If you are working on a project that is currently in its feasibility/strategy development phases then you can pre-register and gain access to the anticipated strategic criteria that will be included in CEEQUAL Version 6.

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 Version 5.2 applications shortly.

My project is fairly short-term (it will be completed in 3-4 years) do I have to use the CEEQUAL Version 6 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 Version 6.

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

This is no longer an option following the release in June of the Version 6 manual. Please contact us if you are unsure and have very specific requirements (enquiries@ceequal.com).

 

CEEQUAL Version 6

Where can I download a copy of the CEEQUAL Version 6 Assessment Manual?

A public consultation of the CEEQUAL Version 6 scheme has been held in March/April this year. If you are working on the feasibility/strategy development phases of a project then you can pre-register to gain early access to the anticipated strategic criteria that will be in CEEQUAL Version 6.

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 shortly.

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 shortly.

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?

public consultation on the draft manual was open to all in March/April 2019.

Will the new scheme be called CEEQUAL or BREEAM Infrastructure?

The new scheme is called CEEQUAL Version 6. A new logo has been launched that clearly illustrates its place in the BREEAM family of schemes.

 

Training

Should I train as a CEEQUAL Assessor now or wait until CEEQUAL Version 6 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 shortly, then training now and following up with the top-up training will be the best option. If you are certain that you 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 Version 6?

Yes, there will be an upgrade course which you will need to pass to be able to assess on CEEQUAL Version 6. These courses will take the form of eLearning and face to face workshops. We anticipate being able to announce more details shortly.

I am a BREEAM Infrastructure (Pilot) Assessor will I need to retrain to assess CEEQUAL Version 6?

Yes, there will be an upgrade course which you will need to pass to be able to assess on CEEQUAL Version 6. These courses will take the form of eLearning and face to face workshops. We anticipate being able to announce more details shortly.

I am a BREEAM Infrastructure (Pilot) and a CEEQUAL Assessor, will I need to retrain to assess CEEQUAL Version 6?

A course will be available to those who are trained in both. Details will be released shortly.

I am an Assessor for one of the BREEAM building schemes, will I need to retrain to assess CEEQUAL Version 6?

Yes, CEEQUAL Version 6, like BREEAM Infrastructure (Pilot), has some significant differences in both process and content to the BREEAM buildings schemes. This means that you will need to retrain as a new assessor.

When will you start training assessors on CEEQUAL Version 6?

We anticipate launching existing Version 6 Assessor update training in July and new Assessor training from September 2019. Please look out for announcements in the summer 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. 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. They were run predominantly to train new Assessors working on existing pilot assessments. If you think you need training on the BREEAM Infrastructure (Pilot) please contact us at enquiries@ceequal.com.

As a CEEQUAL Version 6 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 focused on sustainability rating for buildings.  The new brand for CEEQUAL Version 6 is styled to align with BREEAM to demonstrate that it 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 Version 6 and with CEEQUAL Version 5.2 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 Version 6 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 Version 6?

No, the learning from BREEAM Infrastructure Pilot is being incorporated into the development of CEEQUAL Version 6. 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 https://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 Version 6?

Other than a short period of overlap still to be decided CEEQUAL Version 5.2 is being incorporated into the development of CEEQUAL Version 6. However, we will continue to support all CEEQUAL assessments until their completion date. We will release the cut-off date for CEEQUAL Version 5.2 registrations later 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 Version 6 for Projects. We haven’t got a firm programme for this yet but work will commence after CEEQUAL Version 6 has been launched later this year.

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

No, the CEEQUAL Version 6 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.