Secure Government sites – Security criteria (2011-2014 schemes)

Government security procedures, such as those for MoD sites, may take precedence in dealing with security risk. Therefore, the Secured by Design criteria under which this issue is assessed may not be appropriate.

However, BREEAM requires that a Suitably Qualified Security Specialist/Consultant (SQSS/C), such as the MoD security consultant, should be consulted during or prior to the Concept Design stage or equivalent, and the final design must embody the recommendations / solutions of the MoD security consultant, in line with the security criteria.

Evidence requirements

Where it is confirmed that, due to security issues, the assessor cannot provide complete evidence of the security assessment and implementation of the recommended measures, the following can be accepted:

A written statement or report from the SQSS confirming:

  • Justification of why the evidence requirements cannot be met
  • Details confirming their status as SQSS for the project
  • Dates of their consultations and inspections
  • Confirmation that all the recommended security measures have been implemented
06/07 Mar 2024 - Title updated and minor clarifications to wording. Additional paragraph on 'Evidence requirements' added