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Man 01 - Project brief and design

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‘Monitoring progress and providing feedback’ methodology section - KBCN1360

The words in bold are missing from the 'Monitoring progress and providing feedback' methodology section: '….during the Concept Design, Developed Design stages, and during the Technical Design stage (where appropriate or helpful for achieving the Man 03 BREEAM AP site credit), as defined by the RIBA Plan of Work 2013'.
The additional text will be added to the manual re-issue.

BREEAM Accredited Professionals & Site Sustainability Managers - KBCN1159

All current BREEAM Accredited Professionals will automatically be qualified as BREEAM Advisory Professionals and will be able to carry out their work under the title of ‘BREEAM Advisory Professional Design and Site’ under the new scheme. Existing SSMs, likewise, will automatically be qualified as BREEAM Advisory Professionals and will be able to continue to carry out their work under the title of ‘BREEAM AP Site’. All BREEAM Advisory Professional (design and/or site) will additionally be required to maintain CPD to continue to work in these respective areas. Newly qualified BREEAM Advisory Professionals, who qualify following the implementation of this new qualification, will have their area of expertise recognised by being ‘BREEAM Advisory Professional – Design’ / ‘BREEAM AP – Site’.

BREEAM Advisory Professional (AP) – Retrospectively applying AP status - KBCN1080

The AP status cannot be applied retrospectively. The purpose of using an AP on a project is that they can advise and steer the development from the outset to maximise its BREEAM and sustainability performance for the least cost/risk. If early AP appointment and involvement does not occur then the aims and criteria of this BREEAM issue are not being met.

BREEAM AP – Change of BREEAM APs/Sustainability champions during project - KBCN0295

Whilst it would generally be preferable to retain the same individual in the role of BREEAM AP/Sustainability champion throughout the design and construction of a particular project for the purposes of continuity, we appreciate that this may not always be feasible. It is therefore entirely appropriate that the three credits available for using BREEAM APs/Sustainability champions can still be awarded where the individual performing the role changes (provided the ongoing involvement of an AP/SC is maintained in accordance with the criteria).  

BREEAM AP and BREEAM assessor – conflict of interest - KBCN0196

An individual can be appointed as a BREEAM/HQM Assessor and BREEAM AP/Sustainability Champion for the same project, where the Assessor also holds current and applicable AP/Sustainability Champion credentials. If this route is chosen, it must be made clear when submitting the assessment that both roles are being carried out by the same person and confirmed how potential conflicts of interest are identified and managed. This will mean, when appropriate, that the assessment can be escalated to a more detailed level of quality assurance checking.

Design team meetings via conference call - KBCN0201

Design team meetings can be conducted via conference calls.

It can be difficult for design team members to be in the same place at the same time. Conference calls are a more sustainable way to conduct meetings. 

Prerequisite for BREEAM AP credits (Concept and Developed Design) - KBCN1050

Agreeing on strategic performance targets aims to ensure BREEAM is considered early enough to influence the design and that relevant requirements do not increase the cost due to their late consideration. The project is not penalised if these targets are not met as the BREEAM credits can still be awarded. Justification should, however, be provided explaining the reasons why the targets have not been met.

Project delivery planning – Operational Energy - KBCN1237

There is no interdependence between the Ene 01 requirement and achieving Man 01. The reference of Ene 01 within Man 01 Operational Energy aims to highlight what aspects of operational energy the design team should be considering in terms of Man 01 (and assuming Ene 01 is being targetted). If Ene 01 is not being targetted, then the reference is not relevant. However, compliance with Man 01 would still require appropriate consideration of operational energy.

Soft Landings Framework - KBCN1263

Embedding the principles of the Soft Landings Framework within a project can be used to demonstrate compliance with various aspects of the BREEAM criteria, particularly the Management issues.

Stakeholder consultation – Building occupier unknown - KBCN0227

Where the building occupier is unknown, it is still possible to achieve the credit. The end user requirements must be assumed and considered by other project parties (e.g. client, design team, etc.) using their experience and judgement until such time as the occupier is known.  

Stakeholder consultation – Existing shared facilities - KBCN0360

The consultation must include any existing shared facilities relied on to achieve compliance as well as the new facilities. To ensure the shared existing facilities are appropriate and in line with the users' requirements.  
Information correct as of 20thApril 2024. Please see for the latest compliance information.