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Most new buildings promoted or supported by us or our sponsored bodies must meet our sustainable building standards. This includes projects procured directly and indirectly.

First published:
4 November 2019
Last updated:

Residential development

Residential ‘Extra Care’ schemes must meet the criteria for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) accreditation.

Non-residential development

A BREEAM rating or an equivalent quality assured scheme may be required based on building floor area.

Building floor area  Policy requirement
<=250m2 Exempt
251 to 1,000m2 No BREEAM required
Part L+10%* required (10% improvement over the Target Emission Rate (TER) for current Part L of the Building Regulations)
1001 to 2000m2 BREEAM ‘Very Good’ with
‘Excellent’ for Energy Credits (ENE01)
2001+m2 BREEAM ‘Excellent’