The BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit-Out (Non- Domestic) 2014 scheme can be used to assess the environmental life cycle impacts of existing non-domestic buildings at refurbishment and fit-out stages, offering an opportunity to address the sustainability requirements of both clients, developers and tenants.
By adopting the standard at an early stage environmental impacts created by refurbished and fit-out projects can be minimised.
The scheme takes full account of the state of the existing building and performance benchmarks recgonise improvements to poor performing buildings as well as buildings that perform well.
The scheme also incorporates flexibility for a wide range of refurbishment and fit-out project types, with specific criteria for historic buildings addressing restrictions to standard refurbishment and fit-out options.
How it Works
The scheme provides a modular set of criteria that are applied depending upon the scope of works for a particular project type, split into distinct parts:
- Part 1: Fabric and Structure
- Part 2: Core Services
- Part 3: Local Services
- Part 4: Interior Design
Each part reflects the aspects of a building that are tenant or landlord responsibilities, as well as the varied life cycle stages of each component or element to be upgraded. For example, interior finishes are typically replaced on a 5-10 year cycle compared to the fabric and structure of a building that may be upgraded after 60+ years.
For commercial buildings, parts 1 and 2 typically reflect the aspects of a building that are landlord responsibilities, with parts 3 and 4 typically being aspects of the building that are tenant responsibilities although this will vary between specific projects.
Only relevant ‘parts’ are assessed, which means that the building is not penalised. For example it is possible to assess parts 1, 2 and 3 only where no interior design works are taking place.
Benefits of Using the Scheme
- Targeted factors within the control of the project team
- Tailored for different building types
- Allows comparability to be made between projects
- Specific criteria for historic buildings
- Can help to reduce operating costs
- Can aid retention of historically important building stock
- Reduces the costs of demolition and re-building
- Minimises the use of natural resources
- Enhances occupant comfort and increases productivity
- Reduces the building performance gap between existing and new builds
- Internationally applicable
- Raises awareness of sustainable design