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BREEAM New Construction 2014 was published in May. There are some significant changes from the preceding 2011 version, notably the removal of the Tenants’ Agreements from Shell only, and Shell & Core assessments. A wide range of evidence may now be submitted instead to demonstrate compliance with the BREEAM standards.

The removal of the tenancy agreement places no additional obligations on the developer but instead allows for more flexibility on the types of evidence they can submit for assessment.

Tenants’ Agreements were initially incorporated in BREEAM 2011 to cover evidential requirements for a wide range of credits between shell and final completion. The BRE now consider that these Agreements are no longer capable of providing the adequate level of commitment to demonstrate that the required standards are being achieved.

By removing the Tenants’ Agreements the BRE have created a new flexibility in the evidence that developers can now submit for assessment, instead allowing for a wider range of evidence to be compliant with the criteria such as technical specifications and building contracts. In doing so this allows for a more in-depth analysis of the achievable credits, allowing the developer to focus on the specifics of the BREEAM requirements and achieving greater clarity on the BREEAM credits that they are targeting.