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How BREEAM Infrastructure works

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BREEAM Infrastructure is an assessment scheme for improving, and verifying sustainability performance. Learn how the process works here.

When to apply

BREEAM Infrastructure (formerly CEEQUAL) is the sustainability assessment scheme for infrastructure, civil engineering, landscaping and public realm works, providing independent verification of your project’s performance.

BREEAM Infrastructure is a self-assessment process, carried out by a trained BREEAM Infrastructure assessor. Using a manual and an online assessment platform, the assessor records the scores and evidence. It’s then externally verified by a BREEAM Infrastructure-appointed verifier. The result is a ratified BREEAM Infrastructure score and rating, and the certificate is awarded to all project partners.

When to apply

Start your BREEAM Infrastructure sustainability assessment at the beginning of your project. Early application paves the way for ingraining sustainable practices right from the start, and simplifies the process of collecting evidence as the project progresses.

If your project has already started, it’s not too late to start your assessment. You can undertake a BREEAM assessment at any time during the project’s lifespan. In these cases, we’ll evaluate any criteria met prior to the assessment registration retrospectively. The farther your project has progressed before registering, the more challenging it may be to get optimal scores.

Using BREEAM Infrastructure early steers your project towards superior sustainability and resilience and also maximises your credits. BREEAM Infrastructure puts your project in a favourable light in competitive landscape.

The BREEAM Infrastructure assessment process

The BREEAM Infrastructure assessment process

Step 1: get started

Step 1: get started

Appoint an assessor and apply. Contact our team to get started.

Step 2: upload project

The BREEAM Infrastructure team assigns a relevant verifier to the project. The assessor and verifier have a scoping meeting and the project is uploaded to the assessment platform.

Step 3: determine assessment scope

The assessor reviews the project and indicates which criteria are not relevant. The assessor and verifier agree on the scope of the project and record this on the online platform.

Step 4: gather supporting evidence

Step 4: gather supporting evidence

The assessor works through the criteria in the manual and gathers the necessary supporting evidence and allocating credits. The credits and supporting evidence are recorded on the online platform.

Step 5: notify the verifier

The assessor submits the assessment for verification, notifies the verifier that the project is ready for verification, and arranges a date for the verification meeting.

Step 6: await verification

The verifier reviews the credits and evidence, verifying these in accordance with the BREEAM Infrastructure procedures. This step takes a minimum of four weeks to complete.

Step 7: provide any missing evidence

Step 7: provide any missing evidence

The assessor may provide the verifier with any missing evidence to support their case.

Step 8: verifier submits assessment

The verifier completes their review by entering their comments and credits on the online platform and submitting the assessment for ratification.

Step 9: await ratification

The ratifier checks that the assessment is defendable and does a consistency check on the verifier. This step takes approximately three weeks.

Step 10: receive certificate

Step 10: receive certificate

Once ratified, the relevant teams receive their BREEAM Infrastructure Award certificates.

The roles

The roles

The assessor

Trained BREEAM Infrastructure assessors are required to complete BREEAM Infrastructure assessments. They are usually part of the project team and encourage the team to consider sustainability issues at appropriate times, as well as assessing the final outcome.

The verifier

BREEAM Infrastructure verifiers are independent from the project team. It is their job to help guide the assessor and verify the final assessment. BREEAM Infrastructure verifiers have a deeper understanding of BREEAM Infrastructure and are chosen from a pool of assessors who have completed at least one assessment.

The BREEAM Infrastructure technical schemes

The BREEAM Infrastructure technical schemes

BREEAM Infrastructure’s technical schemes consist of eight categories, each relating to a different area of sustainability, against which the performance of a project is assessed. Projects are awarded a score for each of the eight categories, which are combined to give the overall sustainability assessment score and the final rating.

Fee scale

To discuss fee scales for specific assessment types, please contact us.

BREEAM Infrastructure fees could depend on several factors: 

  • Contract value of the project or contracted works

  • Client’s or engineer’s estimate

  • Type of assessment

Fees include:

  • The cost of the BREEAM Infrastructure-appointed verifier

  • BREEAM Infrastructure’s project administration costs

  • The cost of the certificate presentation at the end of the assessment

  • The progressive development of the BREEAM Infrastructure scheme

Online assessment platforms

BREEAM Infrastructure uses online assessment platforms to record the whole BREEAM Infrastructure assessment process, including evidence to support scores given, reasons for scoping-out questions, scores awarded by the assessor, and the verifier’s comments and amendments.

On previous versions of BREEAM Infrastructure (Version 4 and Version 5), the Online Assessment Tool was used. This is still active for ongoing projects using earlier versions of BREEAM Infrastructure.

As of BREEAM Infrastructure Version 6, this has been replaced by the BREEAM Projects platform, as part of process of aligning the BREEAM Infrastructure and BREEAM standards.

Assessors are given log-in details upon completion of an assessor training course.