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1 Exploring Links between EIA, BREEAM and CEEQUAL SPEAKERS: Charlotte Brewin Associate RPS Ivan Rodrigeuz Technical Director URS Angela Craddy Sustainability Consultant Mott MacDonald Helen Denham Environmental Coordinator Mott MacDonald

2 rpsgroup.com/uk EIA, BREEAM and CEEQUAL How do they currently interact? Delivered by Charlotte Brewin, Associate at RPS 29 th May 2014

3 rpsgroup.com/uk Timing of Assessments 0. Strategic Direction 1. Preparation & Brief 2. Concept Design 3. Developed Design 4. Technical Design 5. Construction 6. Handover & Close Out 7. In Use RIBA Plan of Work BREEAM CEEQUAL EIA Planning Applications typically submitted at end of Stage 3

4 rpsgroup.com/uk Key Stages of EIA ScreeningScoping Assessment of Effects Environmental Statement Planning Decision **New EIA Directive** Introducing potential new stage of Monitoring and Measurement

5 rpsgroup.com/uk 4 Technical Design (Detailed) 6 Handover & Close Out 5 Construction 7 Operation (Maintenance) Plan 3 Developed Design (Outline) 1 Preparation and Brief 2 Concept Design (Preliminary) 0 Strategic BREEAM Assessor submits final report to BRE for validation and final certification Final Evidence Verification/Ratification Board AWARD Construction team collates evidence and issues to BREEAM Assessor Project close out evidence collated and uploaded by assessor BRE validates assessment and issues interim certificate Design Team Collates evidence; Assessor reviews and reports to BRE Provide CQ evidence to assessor Predictive AssessmentProvide CQ evidence to assessor Register Scheme CQ evidence to assessor Appoint BREEAM Assessor Identify need for BREEAM rating Identify Project Strategy with appointed CEEQUAL Assessor CQ Pre-assessment scoping and scoring workshop Register Scheme CQ Contractors Workshop and collate evidence Key Stages of BREEAM and CEEQUAL

6 rpsgroup.com/uk “An EIA is an assessment that feeds into the planning approvals process, but does not assess how well the subsequent project is actually delivered. Clearly because CEEQUAL Verification is completed at the end of the project it assesses what has actually happened. This also allows CEEQUAL to provide a means of assessing whether the recommendations from an EIA actually get implemented. CEEQUAL also provides a very good means for projects that do not require a formal EIA to comprehensively consider environmental issues.” Philip Charles, CEEQUAL

7 rpsgroup.com/uk Scope of Assessment EIABREEAMCEEQUAL Depends on project, agreed at scoping Defined topic areas, detail dependant on building type Defined during scoping exercise Can IncludeWill IncludeCan Include Air Quality (and Climate Change)ManagementProject Strategy Cultural HeritageHealth and WellbeingProject Management Ecology and Nature ConservationEnergyPeople & Communities Hydrology and Flood RiskTransportLand Use and Landscape Landscape and Visual ResourcesWaterHistoric Environment Noise and VibrationMaterialsEcology & Biodiversity Social and Economic EffectsWasteWater Environment Soils, Agriculture and Land UseLand Use and EcologyPhysical Resource Use and Management Traffic and TransportPollutionTransport

8 rpsgroup.com/uk Interaction in evidence base EIABREEAM Air Quality (and Climate Change)Management Cultural HeritageHealth and Wellbeing (includes indoor air quality and acoustic performance) Ecology and Nature ConservationEnergy Hydrology and Flood RiskTransport Landscape and Visual ResourcesWater Noise and VibrationMaterials Social and Economic EffectsWaste Soils, Agriculture and Land UseLand Use and Ecology Traffic and TransportPollution (includes Surface Water Runoff, Light Pollution and Noise Attenuation)

9 rpsgroup.com/uk BREEAM and Hinkley Point C Information from EIA Authors:- Ecology Transport Landscape Noise Hydrology and Flood Risk Sustainability Strategy Design Codes and Design Strategies Construction Strategy BREEAM Predictive Assessments for 3 Main Buildings Design and Post Construction Assessments

10 Angela Craddy Sustainability Consultant Water and Environment Helen Denham Environmental Manager Transportation And are they at risk of duplicating efforts?

11 The opportunity or overlap? Reducing flexibility to minimise impact Increasing knowledge of detail Progress of the delivery process Sustainability opportunity Environmental Impact Assessment BREEAM and CEEQUAL Assessments - Legislative minimum - Best practice option for market leaders

12 Rating systems evolve and push “business as usual” to higher standards Source: “USGBC White Paper – Greening the Codes”, US Green Building Council, 2010 Each of the major rating systems is re-developed every 2 or 3 years to stay ahead of progressive building codes. 12

13 How does each method addresses… ecology? EIA Screening Scoping Baseline surveys Assessment of Impacts Mitigation Conditioned at discretion of planning authority CEEQUAL LE 02 Ecological value of site and protection of ecological features LE 03 Mitigating ecological impact (Mandatory) LE 04 Enhancing site ecology LE 05 Long term impact on biodiversity Manchester Civil Justice Centre – multi award winner BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Land of high ecological value Consultation with Nature Conservation Organisations Ecological Works Plan (Mandatory) Surveys for protected species Injurious or invasive species Existing ecological features – Recommendations Existing ecological features – monitoring Existing ecological features – implementation success New wildlife habitats Special features for wildlife Net increase in area / features of high value Ongoing ecological management Programme for monitoring

14 The opportunity? Motivations are different…. legislation vs best practice mitigate vs enhance design vs whole-life-cycle

15 SMART – EIA, CEEQUAL and BREEAM SMART – –Specific –Measurable –Achievable –Repeatable –Realistic –Timeframe NET2 Nottingham

16 Delivery and Performance EIA Statute driven –Mitigation of impacts by design CQ and BREEAM seek –Intention –Commitment –Whole-life approach –Cradle to grave/gate –Targets and Quantifiable assessments –Mitigation measures –Operational Plans and Monitoring NET2 Nottingham

17 Implementation Evidence Post EIA assessment - –Contract documents –Environmental Management Plans –Training and induction –Environmental Risk Register –Consents and permits –Generic and Specific Method Statements –Communication

18 What EIA, BREEAM and CEEQUAL assessment methods can learn from each other? Ivan Rodriguez Technical Director 29 May 2014

19 EIA Webinar - Discuss the linkage between EIA and BREEAM and EIA and CEEQUAL What can these assessment methods learn from each other? Regulations & complexity Reporting, Scoping & Measurement Transparency Impact on different project stages Evidence gathering during design process Quality assurance

20 EIA Webinar - Discuss the linkage between EIA and BREEAM and EIA and CEEQUAL Regulations & complexity EIAs can be complex, they follow a regulatory regime Both BREEAM and CEEQUAL try to ensure that best practice (beyond regulations) is incorporated in the planning, design, construction and operation of Buildings and Infrastructure projects. BREEAM is required by some Local Planning Authorities whist CEEQUAL is voluntary. BREEAM and CEEQUAL follow a Technical / Assessment manual based on specific criteria. The BREEAM standard is subject to consultation and review every 3 years. This is aligned with the publication of Part L of Building Regulations.

21 EIA Webinar - Discuss the linkage between EIA and BREEAM and EIA and CEEQUAL Reporting, scoping & measurement The procedure for carrying out an EIA requires the developer to compile an Environmental Statement which describes the likely significant effects of the development on the environment and includes proposed mitigation measures. The approach for each EIA topic/issue can be quantitative or qualitative. The CEEQUAL scoping process parallels the EIA scoping stage and this is useful in many ways. The assessment is carried out online and submitted to the verifier. BREEAM is more rigid, allowances for scoping out credits are limited and higher flexibility is only allowed in Bespoke assessments. Both BREEAM and CEEQUAL ratings are evidence based and quantitative (%score, Ratings).

22 EIA Webinar - Discuss the linkage between EIA and BREEAM and EIA and CEEQUAL Transparency EIA is a very transparent assessment method, as the whole ES submitted to the LPA is publicly available BREEAM and CEEQUAL are slightly less transparent to the general public (although this is changing with the publication of the case studies for both BREEAM Man 5 and CEEQUAL 2.5.2) these are not mandatory The production and publication of detailed case studies for both BREEAM and CEEQUAL to enable lessons learnt and best practice to be disseminated should be mandatory

23 EIA Webinar - Discuss the linkage between EIA and BREEAM and EIA and CEEQUAL Impact on different project stages EIA, BREEAM and CEEQUAL should start at earliest project stage to maximise sustainability, added value and minimise risks. The EIA approach is driven by regulation and it is specific for each development type, location, etc. BREEAM can assess a Masterplan, the design and construction of a specific building,and monitor its sustainability performance (yearly) through BREEAM In- use. CEEQUAL starts with the strategy section and assess the design and construction of Infrastructure projects. Can also manage the maintenance of Term Contracts.

24 EIA Webinar - Discuss the linkage between EIA and BREEAM and EIA and CEEQUAL Impact on different project stages RIBA Plan of Work Stage 0 Strategic definition 1 Preparation and Brief 2 Concept Design 3 Developed Design 4 Technical Design 5 Construction 6 Handover and close out 7 In Use EIA BREEAM Communities BREEAM NC 2014 BREEAM Sh, Refb & FO BREEAM In Use CEEQUAL Pre-application discussions EIA / Planning Step 1 Assessment and Interim Certification Pre-assessment Step 2 Assessment Step 2 & 3 Ass & Certification Design Stage Assessment Interim Design Certification Construction Ass & Certification Shell Certification Refub & FO Certification Assess & Certification Pre-assessment Design Stage (WTA Interim) Ass & Cert Construction Stage (WTA) Ass & Cert Maintenance term contract

25 EIA Webinar - Discuss the linkage between EIA and BREEAM and EIA and CEEQUAL Evidence gathering during design process EIA, CEEQUAL and BREEAM assessments cover similar topics/issues such as transport, ecology, noise, waste, ground contamination, flood risks etc. but they are treated in a different way. EIA illustrates or predicts the effects of a development (or activity) that is likely to have a significant environmental effect, it then justifies how this effect can be mitigated against, through short, medium or long term measures. CEEQUAL and BREEAM usually set targets at the beginning of the design process, in terms of a score that should be achieved.

26 EIA Webinar - Discuss the linkage between EIA and BREEAM and EIA and CEEQUAL Quality assurance An EIA can be challenged as the ES is publicly available so thorough internal and legal review is key. CEEQUAL assessment have a two tier Quality Assurance process (verification and ratification). This QA level should be maintained. BREEAM assessments are quality assured by BRE Global Limited, which is an independent certification body accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and certified to ISO 9001 for all its BREEAM related activities.

27 SUMMARY - Links between EIA, BREEAM and CEEQUAL  Any comments or questions? Collaborative Approach Market Driven Commercial Competitive Quality Markers Self – Regulation Best practice Statutory Compliance Whole Lifecycle approach Independent Certification and Ratification Quality, sustainable and environmental developments


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