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Other Assessment Methods
Although the most widely used, BREEAM is not the only method of environmental assessment available to developers.
Other methods include:-
The Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment system has been designed to improve sustainability in civil engineering and public realm projects.
Synergy are now qualified to carry out Ceequal Assessments. Ceequal is the Sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme for civil engineering projects, and can be used to assess such projects as roads, business parks, bridges, ports, power generation, wind-farms, railway works, remediation works, public realm works and urban regeneration schemes.
The use of Ceequal is beneficial for a number of reasons including:-
- Reputation Building and good PR – Including delivery of the participants’ environmental sustainability and/or CSR policies.
- Encourages implementation of best practice – ranging from whole life costing, waste minimisation, resource efficiency, to reducing complaints and environmental incidents
- Demonstrates a commitment to the sustainability agenda
LEED – An assessment system developed by the US Green Building Council in 1998. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) can be used to assess all building types including new construction, existing buildings, shell & core projects and fit-out projects.
There are also many International assessment methods such as Green Star and Estidama.