Order of certification
To achieve the BREEAM exemplary credit, the SABRE ‘design stage’ or ‘as-built’ certification (as applicable to the BREEAM assessment stage) must be completed before BREEAM certification.
The most appropriate evidence output for this exemplary credit is a SABRE certificate corresponding to the stage of the BREEAM assessment (i.e. ‘design stage’ or ‘post-construction stage’). Providing the certificate demonstrates that the requirements of SABRE have been met and validated, which can mitigate any potential delays to the BREEAM QA process.
SABRE ‘design stage’ certification can be sought at any time during the RIBA design stages, whilst ‘as-built’ certification is sought at handover.
Timing of SABRE assessment
Unlike the ‘Security of site and building’ credit, there is no strict cut-off point by which the SABRE assessment process must commence, however RIBA Stage 2 is recommended as a reasonable time by which to begin working towards SABRE certification.