BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment Assessments is performance based method and certification scheme for domestic buildings undergoing refurbishment. It covers alterations to existing dwellings and extensions as well as domestic conversions and change of use projects. It aims to guide refurbishment designs by identifying sustainability issues and ensure a holistic view of the project.
The scheme came into force at the start of July 2012 and essentially it replaces EcoHomes 2006 which is gradually being phased out. Developments with a contractual or Planning requirement for EcoHomes can be registered until 1st July 2014; only if suitable evidence can be provided. All other new refurbishment sites will be eligible for BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment.
The scheme rates refurbishment projects against nine categories and certifies their performance as Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent or Outstanding. Within the categories there are thirty-four sections, many similar to those we are familiar with from EcoHomes and the Code for Sustainable Homes, however they are tailored to suit refurbishments. There are mandatory requirements within certain sections depending on the rating you are aiming for. The development will be assessed at both Design and Post Construction stage.
Stansted Environmental Services have BRE registered BREEAM assessors and are able to guide and support you through your BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment project, from pre-planning advice right through to Post-Construction certification.