BREEAM Associate Online Examination completed the course
BREEAM is the acronym used to describe an environmental assessment method for new construction and refurbishment works. The Building Research Establishment (“BRE”) administers the scheme that has provided a rating system for projects in the UK and worldwide since 1990.
The objectives of BREEAM are to set the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and the rating is a measure of a building’s environmental performance recognised and endorsed by central government, professional institutions and national client bodies.
A BREEAM assessment establishes benchmarks applicable to one of five chosen ratings and evaluates a building’s specification, design, construction and use. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology. They include aspects related to water use, the internal environment (health and well-being), pollution, transport, materials, waste and management processes. Each category has a defined series of benchmarks that are higher than background national regulation and are sustained during the construction works by a comprehensive and robust set of technical standards with rigorous quality assurance and certification.
The BREEAM Associate qualification provides construction project professionals with the practice skills and knowledge to advice Clients and other Stakeholders who are contemplating the adoption of BREEAM at project inception.
Following a major £1bn redevelopment, Birmingham’s New Street Station has been crowned UK Project of the Year at the 2016 RICS Awards Grand Final.
The Birmingham Gateway & Grand Central project – delivered by a team including Mace, Network Rail, Birmingham City Council and Turner & Townsend – was described by RICS judging panel as the most significant investment in regenerating Birmingham in a generation.
More information on this page can be found on the Official RICS website here.
The first section of Birmingham New Street station opened in April 2013, the new station has A new concourse three and a half times larger than the 1960s concourse, Refurbished platforms reached by new escalators and lifts, and a Refurbished Pallasades shopping centre and John Lewis store.
“However, new RICS figures show that 86% of landlords have no plans to increase their rental portfolio this year – with that trend set to remain for the next five years. Additionally, a net balance of 58 per cent of RICS estate agents have reported a drop in buy-to-let sales since May.”
Some media outlets noted that the UK market showed some signs of stability since Brexit, quoting RICS Chief Economist Simon Rubinsohn as saying that the real estate market seeks balance between a mixed economy and actions of the Bank of England, which has already started decreasing the cost of home loans.
The renowned Grand Central & Birmingham Gateway success continues as it scoops the top prize at this year’s RICS Awards, West Midlands. The multi-million pound regeneration outshone in three categories, respectively, before scooping the top accolade of Project of the Year.
The annual event has been running for over ten years and demonstrates the best built environment from the land, property and construction sectors. This year the event, held at Aston Villa Football Ground in Birmingham, played host to over 250 attendees to celebrate some of the region’s best initiatives.
The winners of the eight categories are as follows:
Building Conservation – The Master’s House, Herefordshire
Commercial – Birmingham Grand Central, Birmingham
Community Benefit – Stirchley Baths, Birmingham
Design through Innovation – The Old Fire Station, Birmingham
Infrastructure – Birmingham Gateway, Birmingham
Regeneration – Grand Central & Birmingham Gateway, Birmingham
Residential – The School Yard Phase II, Birmingham
Tourism & Leisure – British Motor Museum Collections Centre, Gaydon
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