BREEAM, SKA, Home Quality Mark

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BREEAM, SKA and Home Quality Mark

Our team at Method has considerable experience of delivering BREEAM projects, providing advice and assessment services from the early stages of the design and procurement process through to the post construction review. With qualified assessors across all of the BREEAM schemes, Code, Home Quality Mark and SKA, in addition to BREEAM Accredited Professionals, we take a pragmatic approach to ensuring that the team addresses BREEAM as early as possible in the design process. Our current portfolio includes both BREEAM Excellent and BREEAM Outstanding projects and we pride ourselves on making BREEAM accessible and as straightforward as possible.

Our BREEAM service is offered independently where we are purely BREEAM advisors, or where we are already acting as building services engineers and can offer this additional in-house service.

We work on projects all over the UK for a wide range of clients (both public and private) and we can offer a basic or enhanced level of advice depending on a project’s needs. We use Tracker Plus software to facilitate the BREEAM process which allows for ease of communication during the assessments and transparency for the whole design team.

Importantly, it is useful to note that projects can achieve up to three BREEAM credits for appointing a BREEAM AP before the end of RIBA Stage B/1 and we do advise getting us on board as early as possible. Our experience has shown that those ‘easy win’ early stage credits are vital, particularly when targeting Excellent and Outstanding ratings.

Code for Sustainable Homes Update and Home Quality Mark

In March 2015 the UK Government advised that the Code for Sustainable Homes was to be wound down. Legacy projects can continue, but it will not be possible to register new ones unless they already have a planning condition stipulating a Code requirement.

BRE have created a new voluntary scheme for new residential projects called the Home Quality Mark, HQM (www.homequalitymark.com). It was released in 2015 and our assessors are fully trained in the new scheme. BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment remains in place for any residential refurbishment projects.

We can provide advice and assessment services that promote health and wellbeing in building design and operation via BREEAM, the WELL standard and Post Occupancy Evaluation

If you are unsure about which sustainability assessment applies to your residential project, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

We are qualified and experienced in a wide range of sustainability assessment methods:

  • BREEAM Education
  • BREEAM Higher Education
  • BREEAM Offices
  • BREEAM Retail
  • BREEAM Industrial
  • BREEAM Healthcare
  • BREEAM Other Buildings (such as hotels, cinemas and leisure centres)
  • BREEAM Bespoke
  • BREEAM Communities
  • BREEAM Multi-Residential (such as student accommodation and care homes)
  • BREEAM International
  • BREEAM In-Use
  • BREEAM Infrastructure
  • Code for Sustainable Homes
  • Home Quality Mark (HQM)
  • BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit Out
  • BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment
  • SKA Rating Tool (refurbishment)
  • Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE)
  • Passivhaus
  • DREAM (Defence Related Environmental Assessment Method)
  • The WELL building standard

Please feel free to call or email one of our BREEAM Accredited Professionals who will be happy to answer any questions or discuss likely fees for your project.

For more information contact Natasha Fox (natasha NULL.fox null@null methodllp NULL.com) or Georgie James (georgie NULL.james null@null methodllp NULL.com).