Shell and Core BREEAM for small commercial spaces

Many of our large residential schemes have relatively small commercial spaces which have to reach BREEAM standards for planning.

We show below our recommended approach which should avoid any uncertainty:

  • BREEAM New Construction Shell & Core Assessments are a less complex assessment specifically designed for later tenant fit out of commercial spaces.
  • We recommend the use of this approach with tenants agreements on a fixed lease or a green lease of recommendations to the tenants.
  • Get BREEAM Shell & Core certification early in the build process. Incoming tenants need to know what is ahead. With an initial BREEAM certificate and a tenants agreement this can allow them to plan the fit out to meet the final BREEAM certification requirements.
  • As part of this process within BREEAM New Construction watch out for the mandatory credits.
  • Extensive consultation being completed for the wider project at feasibility stage must be undertaken to be compliant with BREEAM requirements to achieve free credits.
  • Use a BREEAM Accredited Professional for BREEAM advice and to obtain additional free credits.
  • There is a mandatory 25% reduction over 2010 Building Regulation CO2 emissions for BREEAM Excellent. Develop a strategy for meeting this difficult issue early in the design process.
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