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Report suggests BREEAM should be simplified

The Value of BREEAM report has revealed that many believe improvements could be made by making the scheme simpler and more flexible.

The report assesses how valuable the scheme is to the end client. It is based on independent research funded by Schneider Electric and undertaken by BSRIA with help from BRE Global.

It assesses the value that can be derived from a consistent approach to measuring and benchmarking the design and performance of buildings.

Face-to-face and telephone surveys of client opinions were conducted along with web surveys of construction professionals and the supply chain.

Overall the responses were positive. Most (88 per cent) thought the concept was a good thing but there was room for improvement.

The report found that the most value could be gained by thinking about BREEAM at project inception. Higher ratings can be gained more easily and it is potentially a cheaper process.

BREEAM has been around for 20 years, and has become the de-facto standard measure of sustainable construction in the UK.

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