International Projects

Originally developed from the UK & Ireland Edition, the International Edition of CEEQUAL for Projects is applicable for the assessment of civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects anywhere in the world. It contains the same question set as the UK manual with guidance that has been adapted to be widely applicable internationally.

International projects: Using CEEQUAL outside the UK and Ireland (PDF, 983 KB)

One major feature of the International Edition is the need to undertake weightings exercises to suit the target country’s cultural influences on sustainability performance and the environmental conditions in the locality of the project – see more details below.

Meeting the needs of overseas criteria

Developed through the commitment of many experts working for the benefit of the industry, the International Edition of the Assessment Manual for Projects is applicable anywhere in the world. Its use will reflect commitment to high environmental and social standards and will yield improvements to projects.

With CEEQUAL International, a blanket use of UK & Ireland weightings and scores would be inappropriate because of differences in physical environmental conditions and/or cultural influences, although some project teams in environments similar to the UK have used the UK weighted scores. A project team using CEEQUAL International therefore needs to work with CEEQUAL and others in the area to create a set of weightings for their specific country or region.

The Assessor also needs to take into consideration the local regulations and practice of each country when applying the CEEQUAL questions to their project. In addition, with CEEQUAL’s agreement, the assessment manual can be translated into other languages (as has already been completed by our Swedish users).

In support of this approach, region-specific references and explanation of terms will increasingly be presented in online documents on the Online Document Library for Assessors and Verifiers. This will enable Assessors to present to clients and colleagues wherever they are working a assessment manual and additional guidance relevant to their needs and ways of working, whilst maintaining the rigor of the overall CEEQUAL methodology and comparability of results.

Please note: that although CEEQUAL will allow translation of the assessment manual into another language upon request, it will be at the responsibility of the project team to fund the translation.

Let’s get started…

Using CEEQUAL Version 5, the project team (or whom ever is leading the CEEQUAL Assessment: Client, Designer or Contractor) will need to first choose the type of Award they would like to achieve and then choose what Assessment they would like to use in order to reach their Award.

Both the Award type and Assessment type will be stated on the final Award certificate.

1. Choosing your Award type

There are six Award types available in CEEQUAL Version 5 for Projects – one for the whole project team, four for parts of the team where not all project partners can take part or where individual members of the team would like to have their own role assessed and recognised separately, and one interim award for clients and designers:

  • Whole Team Award (formerly Whole Project Award) – the full CEEQUAL Award applied jointly by the client, designer and principal contractor(s)

  • Client & Design Award – for a joint application by the client and designer

  • Design Award – for principal designer(s) only

  • Design & Construction Award – for a joint application by the contractor and their designer

  • Construction Award – for principal contractor(s) only

  • Interim Client & Design Award – available en route to a Whole Team Award.

2. Choosing your Assessment type

There are two Assessment types available using CEEQUAL Version 5 for Projects:

  • Sustainability Strategy & Performance Assessment (assessing to Sections 1-9)
  • Sustainability Performance Assessment (assessing to Sections 2-9).

The difference between the two available Assessment types is whether the project team would wish to assess their project using the optional Project Strategy section included for the first time as part of Version 5.

The Project Strategy section assesses how the project team has related their project to the wider sustainability agenda surrounding civil engineering and infrastructure projects, and their contribution to ‘sustainable development’. Learn more about the Project Strategy section.

3. Feescales

The CEEQUAL for International Projects fee scale does not include travel time and expenses for travel, hotel & subsistence for the CEEQUAL Verifier visits to the project. These are chargeable in addition to the scheduled fees and will be based on travel from the Verifier’s normal place of work to the project site or the offices of a project team member for scoping, verification and other agreed visits. These costs will be confirmed following receipt of the application form.

Fee scale: CEEQUAL Version 5 for International Projects (PDF, 226 KB)

For multi-package assessments, any additional verifications required are each charged at £4,400 plus VAT and travel time and expenses as required.

4. Do you have a large or complex project?

For large or complex, multi-package projects, it is possible to undertake separate assessments at the package or sub-project level in a way that enables them to be given individual package scores and for those scores to aggregated into an overall score for the whole project.

To explore this option, please contact us to discuss the options available and the associated fees.

5. Applying for your Award

Please complete and return the application form below to

Single project application form: CEEQUAL Version 5 for Projects (PDF, 214 KB)

First time Assessor? You will need to be trained

If you are a first time CEEQUAL Assessor you will need to complete one of our training courses before undertaking a CEEQUAL Assessment. Find an upcoming training course or contact us to express your interest in an international course.

Find out more

Version 6

Find out more about the latest version of CEEQUAL by visiting the CEEQUAL Version 6 webpage.

An international edition of CEEQUAL Version 6 will be available in Autumn 2019. International projects can still register to use Version 6 now by contacting us.

Contact us

To discuss using CEEQUAL on your project, please contact us.

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