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BREEAM consults on new scheme for international refurbishment and fit-out projects

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A draft of the latest in the BREEAM family of sustainability assessment schemes for buildings, BREEAM International Refurbishment and Fit-Out 2015, has been published for consultation.

Launched on 10 March at the high profile international property show, MIPIM 2015 in Cannes, the consultation will close at midnight on 10 April 2015. The draft scheme document can be downloaded from the BREEAM section here.

All interested parties – buildings owners and investors, designers, construction industry professionals, BREEAM assessors and other stakeholders – are invited to send their comments to [email protected] with the subject: “Comments on draft BREEAM International RFO 2015”.

The draft publication of BREEAM International Refurbishment and Fit-out 2015 comes four months after the launch of the UK Refurbishment and Fit-Out 2014 scheme. It has been adapted for an international market to take account of the range of local and regional standards, conditions and climates involved.

Gavin Sumnmerson who heads up the BREEAM scheme said  ‘Against a backdrop of increasing  international legislation around existing buildings and the introduction of schemes like ESOS we need to make sure that BREEAM Refurbishment & Fit Out international is aligned to market  requirements  – we welcome feedback from all stakeholders’

BREEAM refurbishment and fit-out schemes have a modular approach with four assessment parts.  Part One deals with the building fabric and structure, Part Two with core services (e.g. centralised M&E plant), Part Three with local services and Part Four interior design. Refurbishment and fit-out projects can be assessed against one or all of the four parts, or any combination, depending on which are relevant to a particular project.

The new scheme provides a tailored version for assessing refurbishment and fit-out projects around the world, in countries where a BREEAM National Scheme Operator (NSO) is not currently operating.

For more information please contact Linda McKeown, BRE, email [email protected]


BREEAM is the internationally recognised measure of sustainability for buildings and communities. Over 425,000 certificates have been issued under BREEAM on more than 24,000 projects around the world, and 1.9 million buildings and communities are registered for certification. The scheme is developed across Europe through a family of National Scheme Operators including BREEAM UK, NL, DE, ES, SE and NOR. Internationally BREEAM is used in more than 60 countries. More information at