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BREEAM Communities: Categories & Issues

Climate and Energy
CE1: Flood Risk Assessment*
CE2: Surface Water Runoff*
CE3: Rainwater SUD
CE4: Heat Island
CE5: Energy Efficiency*
CE6: Onsite Renewable(s)*
CE7: Future Renewables*
CE8: Services
CE9: Water Consumption*

Community Section
COM1: Inclusive Design*
COM2: Consultation*
COM3: Development User Guide*
COM4: Management and Operation

Place Shaping
PS1: Sequential Approach*
PS2: Land Reuse
PS3: Building Reuse
PS4: Landscaping
PS5: Design and Access*
PS6: Green Areas
PS7: Local Demographics*
PS8: Affordable Housing*
PS9: Secure by Design
PS10: Active Frontages
PS11: Defensible Spaces

Ecology and Biodiversity
ECO1: Ecological Survey*
ECO2: Biodiversity Action Plan
ECO3: Native Flora

Transport and Movement
TRA1: Location / Capacity
TRA2: Availability / Frequency
TRA3: Facilities
TRA4: Local Amenities
TRA5: Network
TRA6: Facilities
TRA7: Car Clubs
TRA8: Flexible Parking
TRA9: Local Parking*
TRA10: Home Zones
TRA11: Transport Assessment*

Resources Section
RES1: Low Impact*
RES2: Locally Sourced Materials
RES3: Road Construction
RES4: Composting
RES5: Masterplanning Strategy
RES6: Groundwater

Business and Economy
BUS1: Business Priority Sectors
BUS2: Labour and Skills
BUS3: Employment
BUS4: New Business
BUS5: Investment

Building Section
BLD1: Domestic*
BLD2: Non Domestic*

* Site must achieve at least one credit for highlighted issues

BREEAM Communities: Focus on Credits

BREEAM Communities – Interesting Credits

CE6 and CE7 – Onsite and Future Renewable Energy
A minimum of 10% of total site energy demand must be provided by low or zero carbon technologies. In addition, a proportion of buildings not  already  connected  to  active  solar  devices  must  be  designed  to allow for future installation

COM2 – Consultation
A  minimum  requirement  is  that  there  is  consultation  with  the  local community and feed back is given.

COM3 – Development User Guide
A guide is required that is very similar to the Home User Guide in the Code for Sustainable Homes.

PS1 to PS11 – Place shaping
Has  no  equivalent  under  the  Code  for  Sustainable  Homes  or  other BREEAM  standards.  A  high  score  in  this  category  should  result  in  a safe,  dynamic  and  attractive  community.  Extra  credits  are  achieved from  more  than  one  of  these  issues  for  projects  involving  the redevelopment of brownfield and contaminated land.

ECO1 – Ecological Survey
Compliance with the mandatory requirements will ensure there is no net loss of ecological value to the site.

TRA1 to TRA11 – Transport & Movement
Has no equivalent under the Code for Sustainable Homes. The eleven credits in  this  category  will  ensure  a  comprehensive  consideration  of  all  aspects  of sustainable transport.

RES1 to RES6 – Resources
These credits may be easy to achieve for developments using a specification that  performs  well  under  the  Green  Guide  and  having  a  commitment  to source materials that are manufactures locally.

BUS1 to BUS4 – Business & Economy
Scoring  well  in  this  category  ensures  the  creation  of  jobs,  encourages  new business and priorities local labour and skills.

BLD1 to BLD1 – Building
All dwellings must achieve at least Code Level 3 , and non-domestic buildings at least a BREEAM Good rating