In cases where a project is a mix of fully-fitted, shell & core, or shell only, or the scope falls somewhere between assessment types, BREEAM cannot determine the type of assessment on behalf of the assessor/developer.
For example, assessing a project which falls between (or is a mixture of) shell only and shell & core as ‘shell only’ will result in a BREEAM certificate for that part of the work and will not account for any work beyond the scope of that assessment type. For the same development a ‘shell and core’ assessment would take account of a wider scope of work, however some BREEAM credits might not be achievable because compliance cannot be demonstrated for the shell only areas. The latter approach would achieve a higher level of certification (as shell & core) but may result in a lower score and BREEAM rating being achieved.
Similar considerations apply in the case of fully fitted and shell and core projects.
The assessor should, therefore, review the scope of the development and advise the developer accordingly.