CCC Insights: ‘Construction Rating Schemes are key to carbon saving’

Construction project rating schemes such as BREEAM and CEEQUAL are a key to carbon saving, says Chris Broadbent, a Director for BREEAM Infrastructure and Managing Director of CEEQUAL Ltd .

Third party certification using these rating schemes encourages projects to reduce carbon, to be more efficient the use of resources and deliver more effective, more efficient projects and lower cost projects, Broadbent explains. “They provide verification which drives performance.”

The cost of third party certification is relatively small, he stressed, as little as  0.04% to 0.7% of a project cost. “But overall the opportunities that the scheme generates to save money is much greater.”

CEEQUAL is the evidence-based sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme for civil engineering in the UK. 
By providing a rigorous and comprehensive sustainability assessment and rating CEEQUAL helps designers and contractors to improve the specification, design and construction of civil engineering works. Launched in 2004 CEEQUAL has been successfully used on hundreds of projects in countries around the world.

BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It addresses a number of lifecycle stages such as new construction, refurbishment and in-use. Globally there are more than 556,700 BREEAM certified developments, and almost 2,260,100 buildings registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990.

At the end of 2015 BRE, leading multi-disciplinary building science centre, announced the acquisition of CEEQUAL into its BREEAM family of international sustainability standards. It is now working towards the development of a single best-practice rating scheme. 

The scheme offer different ways to demonstrate sustainability. It might be through carbon saving or better treatment of ecology or engagement with stakeholders.These schemes look at a balanced scorecard of sustainability factors. It is down to the project to decide which ones take precedence.

They are proven to be effective in delivering a much more sustainable and more efficient project than would otherwise be the case. And indeed, the earlier in a project’s life they are introduced, the greater the opportunity to save, and great magnitude of saving.

The Olympic park in London, for example, was built using a CEEQUAL framework. This helped it achieve a 50% carbon reduction and win an outstanding achievement award. BREEAM is currently being piloted with London’s Thames Tideway Tunnel.

See Interview with Chris Broadbent below.


January 27, 2017