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New BREEAM Refurbishment & Fit-Out scheme is launched

The latest in the BREEAM family of sustainability rating schemes was launched yesterday at the property trade show, MIPIM, in London.

BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit-Out 2014 has been developed by BRE Global to assess and improve the sustainability of UK building refurbishment and fit-out projects.

BRE Global future products manager Gavin Summerson said: “This new scheme comes at a really important time where there is an increasing focus on non-domestic retrofit.

“This is driven by minimum EPC targets for the private rented sector as well as the need to drive down operating costs and reduce risk for aging property portfolios.

“The new scheme has been tailored to take account of the challenges of improving existing buildings ensuring projects are assessed against the issues that each project can reasonably be expected to influence and not on factors outside of their control. 

“However this does not mean it is easy - stretching targets focus on getting project team to work together to meet requirements for issues such as the re-use of materials on site.”

The launch of BREEAM UK Refurbishment & Fit-Out 2014 follows two years of development, industry consultation and pilot studies with clients including the Green Investment Bank, Legal and General, Lloyds Banking Group, Boots, World Duty Free Group and others.

The scheme was also tested out on the refurbishment of one of BRE’s buildings in Watford, with significant savings made as well as many other positive learning outcomes.  Work will now start on extending its use to other countries where refurbishments are currently assessed under BREEAM International New Construction.

The scheme will go live for registrations on 31 October where clients can seek an assessment using the new BREEAM Projects website.

The scheme’s Technical Manual and a range of supporting documents will also be available from the BREEAM website.

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