Early Concept Design Stage Credits in BREEAM NC 2018

Those of you who have been keeping up to date with the changes that the new BREEAM 2018 New Construction UK scheme brings have most probably noticed that there is a great deal more work involved, especially if you are targeting those higher ratings. In addition, we’ve also noticed that there are a lot more requirements this time around to obtain evidence by the end of the Concept Design stage!

To help ensure that you don’t miss out on any of these credits (as you really won’t want to) we’ve put together a list of those here:

  • Man01 (credit 1) – project team roles and responsibilities need to be confirmed by end of Concept Design
  • Man01 (credit 2) – ensure all relevant third party stakeholders have been consulted on the project
  • Man01 (credit 3) – appoint a BREEAM AP to oversee design
  • Man02 (credit 1) – Undertake outline elemental life cycle cost analysis
  • Hea02 (pre-requisite) – a site specific indoor air quality plan has been produced
  • Hea06 (credit 2) – A suitably qualified security specialist (SQSS) conducts an evidence based security needs assessment (SNA)
  • Ene01 (credit 2) – a preliminary design workshop is held with the relevant members of the design team on energy performance
  • Ene04 (credit 1) – passive design analysis is carried out and measures implemented which result in a meaningful reduction in total energy demand
  • Ene04 (credit 2) – an LZC (low zero carbon) feasibility study establishes the most appropriate recognised local LZC energy source for the building
  • Ene07 (credit 1) – client engagement determines occupant requirements and defines the laboratory performance criteria
  • Tra01 – a travel plan needs to have been developed with involvement of the client or occupier of the building
  • Mat01 – initial LCA of the major building elements needs to be carried out. This then needs to be updated at Technical Design to maximise credits awarded
  • Mat03 (credit 1) – a sustainable procurement plan needs to be in place
  • Mat06 (credit 1) – identify opportunities (with appropriate measures investigated and implemented) to optimise the use of materials in building design, procurement, construction, maintenance and end of life. This needs to occur at every RIBA stage
  • Wst01 (credit 1) – if demolition is occurring, then a pre-demolition audit needs to be carried out
  • Wst05 (credit 1) – conduct a climate change adaptation strategy appraisal for structural and fabric resilience
  • Wst06 (credit 1) – a building-specific functional adaptation strategy study, which includes recommendations for measures to be incorporated to facilitate future adaptation
  • Le02 – project team liaise and collaborate with representative stakeholders to identify and consider ecological outcome for the site
  • Le03 (credit 1) – construction programme is provided early to ensure disturbance to wildlife is minimised.

For some of these credits, you likely will need to appoint the help of professionals which you may not have worked with before. Our Tracker Plus Directory may be able to assist: http://www.directory.tracker-plus.co.uk/

How Are You Pledging This World Environment Day?

This year’s World Environment Day is turning a major focus onto reducing the amount of plastic we use and dispose of. Plastic is an extremely useful resource in modern society, however it is polluting much of our environment. It is believed a truckload of plastic a day enters our oceans, and by 2050 there is predicted to be more plastic in our oceans than fish!

Lessplastic.co.uk have provided handy posters to encourage small changes, which can make a big difference. Simply swapping out disposable items for reusable ones will not only prevent plastic pollution but can also save you money! Here at Tracker Plus Towers we are going to focus on 5, 6 and hey, we’ve done 9! How many of the 9 below points are you already practising? #PledgeLessPlastic



BREEAM 2018 New Construction BRE Event, London – Our Notes!

We updated you all on the big changes to the BREEAM New Construction scheme after it’s official launch by the BRE at Ecobuild earlier this year. There was an update event held by the BRE in London on Wednesday 2nd May which went into a bit more depth on the changes to the scheme. We went along so you didn’t have to, and here are the highlights:

  • Man05 commissioning is now a minimum standard for an Excellent rating.
  • There is a new exemplary credit available under hea01.
  • Natural ventilation credit has been removed, parts of this have been included elsewhere in the assessment.
  • Weather files required to be used for hea04 have been updated.
  • Ene03 has updated luminous efficacy requirements.
  • Drying space has been removed as a standalone credit and incorporated into ene08.
  • Slight update to wat01 benchmarks.
  • Wst02 has been changed as wasn’t necessarily producing sustainable materials or methods in the 2014 scheme. It now incorporates a wider range of aggregates and uses.
  • The route 1 ecology checklist must be completed by a member of the design team, as they will have a greater deal of knowledge of the site. Assessors are not allowed to complete the checklist.
  • Pol02 benchmarks are now based on new EU directive, and the requirements will depend on whether your project is in a high or low pollution area, as the focus has shifted to local air quality now.

The 2018 New Construction scheme is live on Trackerplus and ready to use!

BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 Launches at Ecobuild

Tracker Plus activated BREEAM 2018 UK New Construction last Wednesday to coincide with the 3-day Ecobuild exhibition, and the BRE’s own launch of the new scheme, confirming our place as the leading BREEAM online management tool and our commitment and support of our T+ users.

The new BREEAM scheme has more distinction between different fit-outs of buildings; shell only, shell and core, fully fitted and simple buildings. There have also been some significant changes to the Energy, Transport, Materials and Ecology sections since the 2014 scheme.

As well as the launch of the new 2018 scheme, there was of course lots to see and do at the 3-day event at the Excel in London. It was great to see so many people in attendance, as well as a wide range of companies exhibiting their commitment to a more sustainable industry. We would also like to congratulate the following Tracker Plus users for winning an award:

  • Max Fordham for Tiger Way Primary School and Nursery – Public Project Design category winner
  • AECOM for GSK Centre for Sustainable Chemistry – Public Project Post-Construction category winner

We’re looking forward to seeing more sustainable buildings going above and beyond in 2019!

BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 Coming Soon to Tracker Plus!

The BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 scheme is just around the corner, so we thought we’d highlight some of the changes we think you’d like to know about.

  • The BUG is no longer a mandatory requirement, however if you are going to produce one under Man04, 2 will now be required – one for technical and one for non-technical users. The same is applicable for the training schedule.
  • The IAQ for Hea02 will now be a pre-requisite to achieve credits under this issue.
  • Hea03 Safe Containment in Laboratories is no longer assessed as a separate issue within this scheme.
  • A new Hea07 Safe and Healthy Surroundings issue is introduced. The aim is to encourage the provision of safe access around the site and outdoor space that enhances the wellbeing of building users. The safe access requirements you are familiar with under Hea06 will be encompassed in Hea07.
  • The transport section has been revamped, with Tra01 addressing the transport assessment and travel plan, and Tra02 Sustainable Transport Measures – up to 10 credits are available based on the number of sustainable options available. There are no other issues within this section.
  • Mat01 encompasses the previous hard landscaping and boundary protection issue, with 6 credits available for the superstructure, and 1 for substructure and landscaping.
  • Mat02 Environmental Impacts from Construction Products is an addition where 1 credit can be awarded for EPDs.
  • Mat04 Insulation is no longer assessed as a separate issue within this scheme.
  • Wst01 will have an additional credit available for the pre-demolition audit.
  • The ecology section focuses more on long term positive impacts that the development has on the site and its surroundings. 13 credits are available in total, with 2 different routes to achieving them. Route 1 is for more simple projects; route 2 is for more complex projects and will require appointment of an SQE.
  • Pol02 Local Air Quality moves away from a sole focus on NOx emissions and looks to address general local air quality.

We will be launching the 2018 scheme on Tracker Plus in March to coincide with the BRE’s launch.

Good luck to Tracker Plus assessors nominated at this year’s BREEAM Awards!


Taking place on Tuesday 6th March are the 2018 BREEAM Awards. Once again, there are a whole range of fantastic projects which have achieved great results.

We would like to congratulate the following Tracker Plus Companies on being nominated for some of this year’s awards:

  • Arcadis
  • Atelier Ten
  • Carmarthenshire County Council
  • Eight Associates
  • Max Fordham

Well done to all of you and good luck from the Tracker Plus team!

Tracker Plus & BRE Joint Statement

Another first for BREEAM, thanks to Tracker Plus

Southfacing and BRE have teamed-up to offer assessors and clients greater efficiencies in the way they assess and certify the sustainability performance of their assets using BREEAM.

The collaboration has resulted in the first online dynamic syncing of assessment data between the Tracker Plus (www.tracker-plus.co.uk) and BRE’s BREEAM Projects (www.breeam.com/projects). This enables an assessor, through Tracker Plus, to manage the whole assessment process seamlessly, from pre-assessment through to final submission to BRE for certification. BREEAM UK Refurbishment & Fit-out 2014 is the first scheme to go live with the blue print set for future schemes!

“We are all very excited. Collaboration and digital solutions are key enablers in the BRE mission to build a better world and this solution will deliver efficiencies for Tracker Plus users, clients and stakeholders involved in the assessment process.” Tim Bevan, Director of BREEAM Operations, BRE.

“Now Tracker Plus can synchronise its assessment project management directly with submissions via BREEAM Projects the process is seamless and more efficient for all.” Ben Cartmell, Director, Southfacing.


Southfacing are recruiting: If you are an experienced BREEAM assessor please email us your CV.

Tracker Plus assessors sweep the board at the BREEAM Awards!


Following on from our recent post on the Tracker Plus projects shortlisted for the 2015 BREEAM Awards, we’re delighted to announce that last night’s awards dinner proved a great success for our users!

So we’d like to extend our congratulations to:

  • Peter Deer & Associates for their win in the Offices Refurbishment & Fit-Out category for Morelands Rooftop
  • Hilson Moran for their win in the Retail Refurbishment & Fit-Out category for the Foyles flgship store, Charing Cross Road
  • Greenbuild Consult for their win of Assessor Company of the Year
  • Yasmina Mikhael of RES Design Long & Partners for Assessor of the Year
  • Anna Foden of Max Fordham LLP for a Country First award

Well done to all of you from the Tracker Plus team!

Tracker Plus users shortlisted for 2015 BREEAM Awards!

With Ecobuild 2015 almost upon us we’d like to congratulate the Tracker Plus users shortlisted for this year’s BREEAM Awards.

It’s been a bumper year with a record 4 projects shortlisted!

The Tracker Plus projects up for this year’s awards are:

  • 107-109 Charing Cross Road (Hilson Moran) - Shortlisted in the Retail category this refurbished building provides a new home to the Foyles bookshop and achieved a score of 73.4%. Hilson Moran have acknowledged the help that Tracker Plus gave them in carrying out the assessment and said “Throughout this project, Tracker Plus aided in simplifying the evidence gathering and status information dissemination process.”
  • Learning Hub, Oldham College (Hoare Lea) - Shortlisted in the Education category this new building houses 28 new classrooms and various other spaces to be used by students and local community groups and achieved a score of 79.5%.
  • Moreland’s Rooftop, Old Street (Peter Deer & Associates) - Shortlisted in the Offices and ‘Your BREEAM Award’ categories the refurbishment of the top floor of this office building achieved BREEAM Outstanding.
  • Western Power Distribution Depot, Spilsby (GreenBuild Consult) - Shortlisted in the Industrial and ‘Your BREEAM Award’ categories this new build depot achieved BREEAM Outstanding and a score of 101.9%.

We hope the shortlisted assessors have dusted off their dancing shoes and dinner jackets / ballgowns (delete as appropriate) in readiness for the awards ceremony on 3rd March.

The Tracker Plus team wishes you all the best of success on the night!

Tracker Plus LEED at Greenbuild 2014


Our CEO Ben Cartmell and COO Lucy Harris will be showcasing our game-changing Tracker Plus LEED Collaboration tool and showing how it can transform your LEED assessments.

Come join us at 11.00am-12.30pm on Wednesday 22nd October where we’ll be speaking at the USGBC session ‘To Infinity & Beyond’ in the Interactive Lounge.

Or, better still, come visit the free Tracker Plus Candy Store all day on Thursday October 23rd in Room 385 (3rd floor)!

We’ll be presenting an introductory seminar at 11.00am, giving you a chance to see all the highlights, and would be happy to have a one-to-one chat if you have any questions.

And, of course, we’ll have the candy store open with some old favorites and a few new surprises.

If that doesn’t sweeten you up then hopefully our 50% off Fall special offer will!

So, be a smartie and come see us…