Members of the following Professional Organizations
RICS is the leading source of land, property, construction and related environmental knowledge. We support 120 000 members worldwide, promote best practice, represent consumers’ interests and provide impartial advice to society, businesses, governments and global organisations.
The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (ABE) is the professional body for those specialising in the technology of building. Its main aim is to promote and advance the knowledge, study and practice of each and all of the arts and sciences concerned with building technology, planning, design, construction, maintenance and repair of the built environment and the creation and maintenance of a high standard of professional qualification, conduct and practice.
Pyramus & Thisbe – the organisation for professionals specialising in party wall matters, partywalls.org.uk. The Pyramus & Thisbe Club is an organisation for construction professionals with a particular interest in matters relating to the Party Wall etc Act 1996. The Club seeks to advance knowledge of party wall legislation and procedure and to promote best professional practice in its application.
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.