Common Data Metrics for Efficient and Informed Delivery of Environmental Assessments – Part II

Progressing on work presented at the CIBSE Technical Symposium 2011 this paper identifies and describes the key metrics which are required by practitioners and lists the data which should be made available by all assessment delivery software and scheme providers to best service the need of the professionals who have to deliver against BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) and similar environmental assessment methods. A data set has been constructed from approximately 190 live BREEAM assessments (anonymous to the authors) which are using the Tracker Plus web‐based BREEAM project delivery system. This paper enhances the methodology previously presented to cover the current BREEAM 2011 scheme and uses average targeted % scores for each credit issue and then runs a distribution across quartiles to better identify macro and specific issues for further investigation. An additional survey of practising BREEAM assessors has been undertaken to assess the perceived barriers of attaining BREEAM credits. The results from these quantitative and qualitative approaches are presented and discussed with further work proposed.

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UK-GBC is independent of any one environmental rating tool provider – even though other GBCs around the international network do endorse particular tools, or in some cases have developed their own . However, BREEAM is the leading tool used in the UK and is specifically designed to integrate with UK regulations.

In the past we have held workshops to channel feedback from our members to BREEAM in order to help improve the tool, and we have been involved in work designed to make metrics consistent between different tools, to help those using different tools in different countries or regions.

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