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BREEAM AP (Design & Site)

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BREEAM AP (Design & Site)

This course provides professionals with a recognised qualification to offer sustainability advice on new build and refurbishment projects, guiding projects through the assessment process and helping to achieve sustainability and BREEAM goals.

This training course qualifies you to provide sustainability and BREEAM advice to new construction and refurbishment projects. It equips you with the knowledge and skills to deliver projects to the requirements of BREEAM. Upon completing the course, you will be able to seamlessly guide projects through the assessment process and deliver sustainability value to the project.

You will gain an understanding of the BREEAM AP's role, and the requirements needed for a development to meet BREEAM targets. You will also develop the ability to facilitate project teams, schedule activities, set priorities and negotiate the trade-offs required to realise the target BREEAM rating.

With this qualification you can confidently position yourself at the heart of projects, ensuring sustainability goals are achieved through smooth and successful BREEAM assessment.

Successfully completing this course qualifies you for the BREEAM AP subscription, recognising your advisory expertise in helping projects reach their sustainability goals.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Is it right for me?

This course is suited to professionals with demonstrable design capabilities, including architects and engineers, who wish to specialise in BREEAM: 

Option 1 

Learners must have a recognised qualification (academic or vocational) in a built environment discipline. They also require 1 year's full-time experience within the last 5 years in a relevant profession dealing with the:

  • Design,
  • Construction,
  • Or sustainability,  
  • Of the built environment.

Option 2

Out of the last 5 years, learners must have 3 years' full-time professional experience working in sustainability in the built environment. 

  • Learners should also possess: 
  • Experience of projects in which sustainability was part of the brief.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of environmental design/integrated design and an appreciation of life cycle assessment (LCA) and cost analysis.
  • Demonstrable skills in managing multiple tasks and time management.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

CPD: 20 hours

After completing the course learners will be able to

  • Understand the BREEAM Assessment process and use the BREEAM framework to achieve sustainability goals.
  • Confidently offer expert advice to design teams on environmental sustainability and environmental design.
  • Understand & confidently champion on-site sustainability, including environmental performance, minimising building site and operation impacts, engaging site workers and supply chains.
  • Successfully project manage the BREEAM assessment; schedule activities, set priorities and negotiate trade-offs.
  • Save on costs by targeting BREEAM ratings in the most cost-effective way.
  • Identify the evidence required by the BREEAM to support a smooth assessment process.

Successful completion of this course entitles you to apply for BREEAM AP (Design & Site) status.

Training Course Content

Module 1

  • BREEAM overview
  • Basics of BREEAM and roles within the scheme
  • Aims and principles, scope of assessments and history

Module 2

  • Key issues within BREEAM UK New Construction

Module 3

  • Key issues within BREEAM International New Construction

Module 4

  • Site-based work during construction

Module 5

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Sustainable construction
  • How BREEAM works
  • Design team responsibilities
  • Basic approach for BREEAM assessments
  • Whole-life Value; Collaboration; Importance of Timing
  • Relationship between the different BREEAM schemes
  • Comparison of costs per percentage point basis
  • BREEAM PI Insurance

Module 6

  • Associated information documentation

Examination information (a 60 minute multiple-choice exam must be passed to become a BREEAM AP)

Why choose BRE Academy

100 years of experience in the built environment

More than 13,000 learners since 2015

100s of hours of CPD content for built environment professionals

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