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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:

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! 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!

BREEAM 2011 – 2014 Comparator

With the formal launch of BREEAM 2014 approaching fast we anticipate that many assessors and design teams will have been asked to confirm the impact of assessing potential projects under the new scheme.

To help compare the potential scores under BREEAM 2011 and BREEAM 2014 we’ve developed a handy comparator tool which you can access HERE.

This allows you to:

  • Enter your target credits under BREEAM 2011
  • Obtain an ‘equivalent BREEAM 2014 score’
  • Target additional credits to increase the BREEAM 2014 score if required
  • Download a handy summary report

The tool is free to use, we don’t keep your data and we don’t even ask for your contact details. So you’ve no excuses to not give it a go!

New Portal and Tracker Plus for LEED

We’re delighted to be launching our brand new Tracker Plus website today to tie in with the launch of Tracker Plus LEED!

To give you a little background on Tracker Plus LEED, we’ve been a LEED Automation partner for some time now and our development team has been working very closely with the USGBC’s IT team to develop the system.

Tracker Plus LEED interfaces directly with LEED Online making it a one stop shop for the management of LEED assessments. Users can carry out pre-assessment charrettes, set up the credit scorecard, edit LEED credit forms and submit for review direct from Tracker Plus LEED without the need to interface with LEED Online.

In addition, it has many of the useful features of its BREEAM counterpart such as automated report generation, email reminders etc.

For more details on Tracker Plus LEED please click here

We’ll also be at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadephia later this week for Tracker Plus LEED’s official launch so if any of you are planning to visit we’d love to meet you!

Welcome to the Tracker Plus blog

In September 2011 we, along with our co-authors, published a paper at the CIBSE Technical Symposium. This took a sample of approximately 120 BREEAM 2008 projects from our TrackerPlus BREEAM management system and provided an analysis of the credits that were being targeted in the formal BREEAM assessment of these projects.

The paper identified a number of issues which the authors considered were either worth ongoing analysis or further investigation. You can read more in the paper here.

As a result of this research, and following the release of BREEAM 2011, we followed this up with a second CIBSE Technical Symposium paper published in April 2013. Again, you read the paper here.

It’s all very well presenting the raw data and, as assessors, we obviously have an opinion on many of the issues identified in the papers but we felt this would benefit from peer debate with Tracker Plus users, the wider assessor community, BRE and other interested parties.

With the imminent launch of BREEAM 2014 now seemed as good a time as any so here we are with the TrackerPlus blog.

We’d like this to be a place where we can share and discuss real-world research into current environmental assessment practice, giving assessors and design teams a valuable insight into industry practices and trends.

All constructive comments and opinions are welcome!