Evidence: Types of evidence required to demonstrate compliance with BREEAM

The schedule of evidence table details the typical types of information that the assessor needs to collate to assess compliance against the requirements of a BREEAM issue. The evidence type listed against each requirement is not exclusive and other types and forms of evidence (listed or not listed in the table) can be used to demonstrate compliance against a BREEAM requirement.

Key to demonstrating compliance with the BREEAM requirements is that the assessor has used, and references, an auditable trail of evidence, regardless of the form that evidence takes in relation to each BREEAM requirement.  For example: if, for a particular BREEAM requirement,  the schedule asks for a letter from the client confirming compliance but compliance can or has been demonstrated via a building specification then the assessor can reference that piece of evidence as demonstrating compliance and does not need a letter.

Please note that the BREEAM team is unable to advise assessors whether a particular piece of evidence demonstrates compliance as this is the assessors responsibility. The BREEAM team will not fail the QA of a certification report on the basis that evidence referenced in the report, confirming compliance with the assessment criteria, is not an identical type to that outlined in the schedule of evidence. For further information please refer to the ‘BREEAM evidential requirements’ section or ‘Appendices’ section.