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BREEAM and CEEQUAL standards to merge

Two of the world’s leading sustainability standards are to merge, with BREEAM and CEEQUAL set to form one new programme.

BRE and CEEQUAL announced today that they would create a “single, science-based sustainability standard and certification tool for civil engineering and infrastructure projects in the UK and around the world”.

Starting today, CEEQUAL will transfer to BRE Global, after which the BREEAM certification team will oversee the new scheme.

BRE Group said the plans were supported by the Institution of Civil Engineers and prompted by the “industry’s desire for a single sustainability rating scheme that addresses the challenges that infrastructure clients, professions and contractors currently face in delivering more sustainable and resilient infrastructure”.

It said the new scheme would also address the need for “integration with building-related schemes so that clients with mixed developments can have a single combined rating for their asset”.

BRE chief executive Peter Bonfield said: “Our long-term aspiration with a single scheme is to bring together the significant experience and expertise behind the two rating systems to deliver enhanced environmental and social benefits for civil engineering works and better economic outcomes that benefit society, and broaden uptake in the UK and international markets.”

Over the next two years, BRE will combine the two schemes to bring together what they described as “CEEQUAL’s team and process-focused approach with BREEAM’s more asset-based scientific methodology”.

CEEQUAL will continue to be open to new project registrations in that time.

CEEQUAL’s Roger Venables said: “CEEQUAL is an internationally respected rating and awards scheme and has been applied to – and positively influenced – some of the UK’s most successful infrastructure projects like Crossrail and the London 2012 Olympics.

“It is increasingly used outside the UK, especially in Sweden and, most recently, in Qatar.

“I and my colleagues look forward to working with BRE to develop the next generation rating scheme that will address the significant challenges faced by those working in the sector.”

BREEAM will now launch an open pilot of its new infrastructure methodology to verify the science-based metrics that have been developed.

This, together with the development work and new metrics behind the planned upgrade of CEEQUAL (Version 6), will inform the next generation scheme which BRE plans to launch in 2017.

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