BREEAM 2014 Evidence? Let us be more specific…

By Glenn Miles on Tuesday 27 May 2014

If you’ve been following the IES TaP twitter feed you’ll have noticed we’ve been posting some of the BREEAM 2014 changes that will come into affect when the new scheme launches this week. Following the biggest consultation BRE have ever undertaken, the scheme has been tweaked based on substantial user feedback. Because of this research, I see 2014 as being a more natural evolution of the scheme, rather than the severe changeover that took place for 2011. Most changes shouldn’t affect assessors and design teams too much, but I’ll use this blog post to highlight one of the changes that I think is worth noting.

The biggest potential banana skin I can see with the new scheme is the way that evidence is conveyed. With BREEAM 2014, BRE do not specify the exact evidence anymore, instead making it more generic by specifying general evidence types. I can see that BRE are trying to make it easier for the design team to collate evidence for an assessment, by not having to create BREEAM specific evidence for each credit. In doing that, I think it may actually make it harder for the design team as it doesn’t spell out exactly what they need to provide, and for the assessor as they would need to determine which general evidence types apply to each credit.  IESTaP was created to ensure the design team know exactly what evidence they need to provide and this continues with the introduction of the BREEAM 2014.

Take Wat 01 for instance; BRE specify that the design team provide ‘One or more of the appropriate evidence types listed in the BREEAM evidential requirements’. But what specific type of evidence would meet the requirements? This would be a bit general for my liking; I’d prefer something along the lines of ‘Potable water and sanitaryware specification including flows’ to explain to the design team member what is actually required. By doing so this will reduce the input from the assessor and unnecessary questions from the design team asking ‘What exactly do I need to provide’. And that’s why I think it will prove a lot more difficult to assess without products like IES TaP.

For the 2014 update, BRE are removing specific evidence, but with IES TaP the assessor still has the option to allocate the specific evidence to the design team to avoid confusion and ensure the team know exactly what needs to be provided. IES TaP includes a standard evidence template which highlights the specific evidence needed for each credit. Want to create your own template? That’s easy too. IES TaP has been designed to allow the assessor to create their own evidence template for any given project, allowing for fully customisable evidence according to your project.

Flexible evidence requirements have been added to IES TaP for BREEAM 2014, which will be launching this week. This new version of our project management system will support BREEAM 2014 New Construction and Simple Buildings, the new Shell only and Shell & core only options.

We’ve also created an interface with the 4Projects by Viewpoint® system. Where documentation already exists in 4Projects, the direct upload of information to IES TaP helps to reduce workload and uploading of evidence more than once.

Another useful new feature will be our new project BREEAM score card. Similar to our LEED® score card, it makes it quicker to undertake a pre assessment, providing quick and powerful access to the whole project in one page.

So BREEAM is changing and so is IES TaP. If you’re already an IES TaP user, we hope these updates free up more time for you and your team. And for those of you who have yet to try it out? Well head over to our website and sign up to a free webinar and get yourself a free trial.