The Building Research Establishment (BRE) will be accepting BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment registrations from the start of July 2012, until then EcoHomes will continue to be used for refurbishment projects.
BRE have stated that there will not be a gap between the end of EcoHomes and the start of BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment; instead there will be an overlap where both schemes can be used. Once BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment is live, there will be a 6 month period where EcoHomes registrations will still be permitted.
After the 6 months, only assessments which have a contractual or planning requirement for EcoHomes can be registered. Assessments registered under EcoHomes will be honoured for up to 5 years following the launch of BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment.
Our EcoHomes assessors will be attending the first BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment course ready for the switch over.
The BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment will allow developers, designers and Green Deal advisors to promote a better design as well as helping planners to set standards for refurbishments.
It will rate refurbishment dwellings against 9 categories, and then certify their performance with a rating of Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding. By adapting the requirements within the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM a pilot version of BREEAM Domestic Refurbishments was used to assess a total of 13 projects.