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Mainer Associates Deliver CPD Session on BREEAM 2018

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Mainer Associates are now delivering CPD sessions for our clients and project teams, past and present, on the new BREEAM 2018 UK New Construction Scheme. The new scheme was released in March earlier this year and since its publication, Mainer Associates have reviewed the major changes from the 2014 version.

Mainer Associates always strive to improve our BREEAM service delivery, getting up to speed with the new guide has of course been a vital part to this! We’re excited to be registering new projects as 2018 assessments and delivering what we feel, is a bespoke service.

We aim to fully engage with our project teams throughout the whole assessment process, from pre-assessment to post-construction certification. Our BREEAM workshops tackle specific issues with relevant team members and aim to deliver a smooth certification process. To continue delivering BREEAM assessments with the same expertise and professionalism under the new scheme, Mainer Associates have identified high-level and detailed changes to prepare ourselves, and you, for the new 2018 standards.

A CPD Session Tailored to You

Mainer Associates can tailor the session to your specific role in a development. Whether you are a developer, contractor, architect, M&E engineer, ecologist or acoustician or anyone who has or will be involved in a BREEAM certified development, we can make sure the information we discuss is what you need to equip your team for your next BREEAM project.

We recently delivered our BREEAM 2018 CPD to Wates at their Leeds City College development. Prior to the session we listened to what the Wates team wanted to gain from the CPD. We then delivered the update specific to their demands and outlined how the changes would impact their role during a BREEAM assessment in terms of time, work load, responsibility and cost.


High-Level Changes

During our CPD sessions we will initially take you through changes that we feel are most significant.

Ene 01 and Post-Occupancy Assessment

There’s now a strong emphasis from the BRE on monitoring, reporting and improving the actual operational performance of buildings to ensure BREEAM assets are truly sustainable. Ene 01: reduction of energy use and carbon emissions has seen significant changes to ensure developers acknowledge performance after handover. Credits are now available for detailed modelling of different post-occupancy scenarios. Design teams are then required to hold energy workshops to consider how these scenarios could influence the building design.

Under Ene01 the client can commit funds to a new post-occupancy assessment stage (POS). Monitoring and reporting on energy and water consumption compare actual performance against modelled scenarios, consumption targets and design intent.

The post-occupancy certification stage is an optional stage of assessment but provides a fantastic way for clients and facilities managers to identify areas of intense and inefficient performance.

POS provides opportunities to review energy and water targets, site ecology, occupant health and wellbeing and building commissioning. It alerts building owners to defects and opportunities to address performance gaps to maintain tenant and asset value.

Part L 2020

Changes to Part L are on the horizon and are expected to massively influence BREEAM standards and they way buildings are designed.

Part L 2020 is expected to make primary energy consumption the basis of energy performance assessments, illustrating a shift away from quantifying CO2 emissions. Architects and design teams will have to implement the ‘fabric-first’ approach and design efficient buildings from the start. They will have to enhance the performance of building components and materials prior to considering mechanical and renewable technologies.

This is a big change, the industry cannot solely rely on renewable energy generation and energy efficient technologies to make buildings perform efficiently.

Mat 01 Building Life Cycle Impacts

Mat 01 Environmental impacts from construction products – Building Life Cycle Assessments now requires design teams to carry out whole-building life cycle assessments (LCA) and different LCA options on the superstructure of the building during concept design.

This is a whole-sale change from BREEAM 2014 and will require more work and cost at an earlier RIBA stage to ensure credits are achieved.

Detailed changes

Once we have discussed the high-level changes we will take you through specific detailed changes, credit by credit.

This involves outlining new benchmarks, explaining new and re-structured issues, identifying changes to how credits are awarded, and confirming any new requirements that will impact your role in a development certified to BREEAM.

We can tailor the detailed changes, tackling the new requirements specific to you, depending on your role and responsibilities throughout a BREEAM assessment.

Contact – Arrange a Session

Would you like your team or employees to be aware of the new BREEAM 2018 requirements and get ahead of the game for your next BREEAM registered project?

Get in touch with the Mainer Associates team to organise a session!

Ben Wells:

No.3 Wellington Place Achieves BREEAM Excellent


The building

No.3 Wellington place is a Grade A commercial office building situated in the heart of Leeds City centre on Wellington Street. It is an important building in the Wellington Place business district, contributing significantly to districts urban aesthetic at the north-eastern entrance. It offers contemporary commercial office space for businesses to use, and prosper in.

Our work

Mainer Associates were contracted by our longstanding client MEPC to ensure the building achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating. Mainer have guided the client and project team throughout the development of No.3 Wellington Place from pre-assessment, design stage and post-construction to make sure the building achieved excellent environmental, social and economic performance standards and benchmarks. Doing this has allowed MEPC to realise the true value of their asset and offer a premium and sustainable built environment for their tenants.

Achieving Excellent

This project achieved credits across all BREEAM categories in Management, Health and Wellbeing, Energy, Transport, Water, Materials, Waste, Land Use and Ecology, and Pollution.

Accomplishing an Excellent BREEAM rating is no easy task. It demands significant environmental benchmarks to be met. The project required rigorous efforts between the project team and our assessors at Mainer Associates to ensure this rating was achieved.

Mainer fully engaged with the client, contractor, architect and engineer to make sure an Excellent rating was always attainable from design stage to post-construction. When aiming for such a significant rating it is vital the project team do not miss out on credits that can be accomplished in the early stages of the development.

Here are some highlights from the No.3 Wellington Place development that contributed to a BREEAM Excellent building.


  • Intelligent PR controlled LED lighting systems with daylight sensing
  • Sophisticated building management systems and smart metering for monitoring energy usage
  • High performance solar control floor to ceiling glazing
  • Pre-cooling technology
  • Optimum life cycle energy efficiency with a 4 pipe coil system
  • Photovoltaic panels to provide 5% of the buildings energy supply
  • Electric vehicle charging points
  • Superb accessibility via public transport


  • Access to open space with a rooftop terrace
  • Smart design to maximise natural light and enhance occupant wellbeing
  • 24-hour access for occupants
  • Full disabled accessibility
  • Bicycle parking with maintenance stations
  • Cycling facilities, with showers and changing space
  • Proximity to public transport links
  • Thermal Comfort Measures


The client now has a fantastic contemporary building that has been built to a renowned sustainability standard, having positive affects on tenant value. With an emphasis also on low-carbon consumption and energy efficiency measures, the superb environmental performance of this building is matched by tangible cost-savings.