BREEAM Infrastructure (formerly CEEQUAL) is the sustainability assessment scheme for infrastructure, civil engineering, landscaping and public realm works, providing third party verification of your project’s performance.
BREEAM Infrastructure is a self-assessment process, carried out by a trained BREEAM Infrastructure assessor. Using a BREEAM Infrastructure manual and an online assessment platform, the assessor assesses and records the scores and the evidence for them.
Completed sustainability assessments are externally verified by a BREEAM Infrastructure-appointed verifier. The result is a ratified BREEAM Infrastructure score and rating, and the certificate is awarded to all project partners.
- DISCOVER BREEAM Infrastructure
- – Why BREEAM Infrastructure
- – How BREEAM Infrastructure Works
- – Who can use BREEAM Infrastructure
- – Civil Engineering
- – BREEAM Infrastructure and Sustainability
- – Downloads and Documents
- THE TECHNICAL MANUALS
- BREEAM Infrastructure TRAINING
- CASE STUDIES & INSIGHTS
- CONTACT BREEAM Infrastructure
When to apply
We recommend applying for a BREEAM Infrastructure sustainability assessment as early as possible to influence and improve the project’s development from an early stage. It is also easier to collect evidence as work progresses.
However, it is possible for a project that is already underway to undertake an assessment at any point during the project. This means that any criteria requirements undertaken prior to assessment registration, are assessed retrospectively. Usually, the further along a project is before registering, the greater the possibility of not gaining optimal scores.
The BREEAM Infrastructure Assessment Process
Appoint an assessor and apply
The BREEAM Infrastructure team assigns a relevant verifier to the project. The assessor and verifier have a scoping meeting: the
project is uploaded to the assessment platform.
Determine assessment scope:
The assessor reviews the project and indicates which criteria are not relevant. The assessor and verifier agree on the scope of the project and record this on the online platform.
Gather supporting evidence:
The assessor works through the criteria in the manual and gathers the necessary supporting evidence and allocating credits. The credits and supporting evidence are recorded on the online platform.
Notify the verifier once the assessment is complete:
The assessor submits the assessment for verification, notifies the verifier that the project is ready for verification, and arranges a date for the verification meeting.
The verifier reviews the credits and evidence, verifying these in accordance with the BREEAM Infrastructure procedures. This step takes a minimum of four weeks to complete.
Provide any additional or missing evidence:
The assessor may provide the verifier with any missing evidence to support their case.
Verifer submits assessment for ratification:
The verifier completes their review by entering their comments and credits on the online platform and submitting the assessment for ratification.
The ratifier checks that the assessment is defendable and does a consistency check on the verifier. This step takes approximately three weeks.
Once ratified, the relevant teams receive their BREEAM Infrastructure Award certificates.
Trained BREEAM Infrastructure assessors are required to complete BREEAM Infrastructure assessments. They are usually part of the project team and encourage the team to consider sustainability issues at appropriate times, as well as assessing the final outcome.
BREEAM Infrastructure verifiers are independent from the project team. It is their job to help guide the assessor and verify the final assessment. BREEAM Infrastructure verifiers have a deeper understanding of BREEAM Infrastructure and are chosen from a pool of assessors who have completed at least one assessment.
The BREEAM Infrastructure Categories
BREEAM Infrastructure’s technical schemes consist of eight categories, each relating to a different area of sustainability, against which the performance of a project is assessed. Projects are awarded a score for each of the eight categories, which are combined to give the overall sustainability assessment score and the final rating. Click here to learn more about the technical schemes.
You can learn more about the BREEAM Infrastructure categories by visiting each of the category icons below.
Communities & stakeholders
Land use & ecology
Landscape & historic environment
The main output from the BREEAM Infrastructure assessment is the final sustainability rating, which reflects a project’s performance across the eight categories.
As of BREEAM Infrastructure Version 6, there are six rating levels: Unclassified, Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent, and Outstanding.
BREEAM Infrastructure fees could depend on several factors:
- Contract value of the project or contracted works
- Client’s or engineer’s estimate
- Type of assessment
What does the fee include?
- The cost of the BREEAM Infrastructure-appointed Verifier
- BREEAM Infrastructure’s project administration costs
- The cost of the certificate presentation at the end of the assessment
- The progressive development of the BREEAM Infrastructure scheme
To discuss fee scales for specific assessment types, please contact us.
Online Assessment Platforms
BREEAM Infrastructure uses online assessment platforms to record the whole BREEAM Infrastructure assessment process, including evidence to support scores given, reasons for scoping-out questions, scores awarded by the assessor, and the verifier’s comments and amendments.
On previous versions of BREEAM Infrastructure (Version 4 and Version 5), the Online Assessment Tool was used. This is still active for ongoing projects using earlier versions of BREEAM Infrastructure.
As of BREEAM Infrastructure Version 6, this has been replaced by the BREEAM Projects platform, as part of process of aligning the BREEAM Infrastructure and BREEAM standards.
Assessors are given log-in details upon completion of an assessor training course.