BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment – what’s new?

The BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment scheme opened for registrations on Monday 2nd July 2012; it’s a performance based assessment and certification scheme for domestic buildings undergoing refurbishment and has replaced EcoHomes which is being phased out. 

The Code for Sustainable Homes is only appropriate for new build and therefore this BREEAM scheme will be important for environmentally certifying refurbishments.

The assessment is set out in 3 stages:

  1. Establish the dwelling(s) Baseline Performance.   This is assessed by a BREEAM Refurbishment Assessor by either carrying out a site visit or through the existing data that may already be available through the English House Condition Survey. 
  2. Design Stage Assessment is carried out by the BREEAM assessor using the accredited assessment tools and calculations.  Once completed an Interim design stage BREEAM certificate will be issued.
  3. Post Construction Review is carried out by the BREEAM assessor and once completed Final BREEAM certificates will be issues which will confirm the final “As Refurbished” performance of the building.

 A new feature within the assessment are the Innovation credits; developments which go beyond best practice in terms of a certain aspect of sustainability will achieve an extra credit (e.g. achieving an overall score of 36 or more for Considerate Constructors will gain you an extra credit).  A maximum of 10 extra credits can be awarded through the innovation credits.

A lot of the EcoHomes issues have been changed and some have been removed; the BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment is now more in line with the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM non residential assessments.

Our table shows the main differences between BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment and EcoHomes.


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