BMC: ‘Excellent’ in Sustainability

McCann & Partners appointed by developers (Assura Plc.) to undertake a BREEAM Assessment in line with the Department of Health requirements

We spoke to Michael Davey, Associate Director of McCann & Partners, to discuss the sustainability rating of the new Beaconsfield Medical Centre.

  • What is a BREEAM Assessment?
    BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is the world’s first sustainability rating scheme for the built environment. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and describes a building’s environmental performance.

  • What categories does a BREEAM Assessment focus on?
    The standard focuses on sustainable value in;

    1.Management
    2. Health and Wellbeing
    3. Energy
    4. Water
    5. Transport
    6. Materials
    7. Waste
    8. Land Use and Ecology
    9. Pollution

    Each category focuses on the most influential factors, including reduced carbon emissions, low impact design, adaptation to climate change, ecological value and biodiversity protection.

  • How is a development rated using BREEAM Assessment?
    Developments are rated and certified on a scale of;

    – Unclassified = <30%
    – Pass = >30%
    – Good = >45%
    – Very Good = >55%
    – Excellent =>70%
    – Outstanding = >85%

  • What BREEAM rating will the Beaconsfield Medical Centre achieve?
    This scheme is targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ score – right up there with the top performing buildings in the country (and around the world for that matter)

    Read more about BREEAM Assessments here.