Ian Nicholson – CEEQUAL Version 6 Update
First of all as you will see from the title, the new scheme will be called CEEQUAL Version 6.
We have decided not to adopt BREEAMs year-based referencing at this point because there is a wider discussion in BRE on how we reference schemes. The result of this may be a different approach so we thought it better to stick with our current version numbering rather than make a change now and then possibly again with the next version.
Scope of the upgrade
Our original objectives for the development project were to merge the two methodologies and update the technical criteria. As we got into the detailed work of drafting technical criteria last summer it became apparent that we were trying to run two development projects in one, and that achieving them both successfully would cause significant further delays to the project. We also acknowledged that introducing this many changes in one step could cause significant challenges for our Assessors, project teams and industry as a whole.
We therefore reviewed these objectives last autumn and have taken the decision to rescope the objectives for CEEQUAL Version 6 by splitting the two primary objectives into separate projects.
CEEQUAL Version 6 will focus on:
- Merging the CEEQUAL and BREEAM Infrastructure methodologies (incorporating the CEEQUAL process), including the scoping and verification activities; adopting the BREEAM approach to structuring issues as statements rather than questions; and incorporating more metrics;
- Making two critical technical upgrades, including a greater emphasis on carbon reduction and incorporating the resilience section from the BREEAM Infrastructure pilot. The remainder of the technical upgrades focus on smaller enhancements, streamlining criteria, and incorporating feedback from the BREEAM pilot.
Further technical upgrades will be addressed in CEEQUAL Version 7. This approach has several wider benefits, such as the opportunity to achieve better alignment with the BREEAM Communities scheme (commencing this year) and the ability to incorporate outputs from the BREEAM strategic development plan (currently underway). Finally, it will also enable us to address the outcomes of ongoing research into how infrastructure sector measures its impacts against the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Timeline and key milestones
• Mid March-early April: Public consultation, including Consultation workshops (see below)
• April: announce Assessor upgrade requirements
• May: announce new feescales and close date for applications for Version 5
• End May: Launch of new Scheme
• June: launch of upgrade training modules for existing Assessors
• September: Launch of training course for new Assessors.