BRE has acquired the CEEQUAL civil engineering sustainability rating scheme and will merge it with its BREEAM brand. The move brings the two brands together in a single sustainability standard and certification tool for civil engineering and infrastructure projects in the UK and internationally.
BREEAM will soon launch an open pilot of its new BREEAM infrastructure methodology. This, together with the development work and new metrics behind the planned upgrade of CEEQUAL (Version 6), will inform a next generation single scheme that BRE plans to launch in 2017.
BRE said the acquisition is supported by the Institution of Civil Engineers and has been prompted by “the industry’s desire for a single sustainability rating scheme that addresses the challenges that infrastructure clients, professions and contractors currently face in delivering more sustainable and resilient infrastructure”. The new scheme means clients with mixed developments can have a single combined rating for their asset.
Over the next two years BRE will, with the involvement of the current CEEQUAL and BREEAM delivery teams and communities, combine the best elements and features of both approaches into a new and improved holistic scheme for industry that combines CEEQUAL’s team and process-focused approach with BREEAM’s more asset-based scientific methodology. During this development period CEEQUAL will remain open to new project registrations and current and prospective users are encouraged to bring forward further CEEQUAL assessments, the contracts for which will be fulfilled to their completion.
BRE chief executive Peter Bonfield said “Our long term aspiration with a single scheme is to bring together the significant experience and expertise behind the two rating systems to deliver enhanced environmental and social benefits for civil engineering works and better economic outcomes that benefit society, and broaden uptake in the UK and international markets.”