BREEAM and CEEQUAL rating schemes to merge

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The sustainability rating scheme for civil engineering, CEEQUAL is set to merge with the BREEAM building assessment…

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) is set to take over the CEEQUAL sustainability rating scheme, it has emerged.

The CEEQUAL sustainability rating scheme for civil engineering projects will merge with BREEAM, creating a single standard and certification tool for civil engineering and infrastructure projects.

As part of the merging process, BRE Global will take full responsibility for CEEQUAL’s business operations.

BRE said the change, supported by the Institute of Civil Engineers, was prompted by “the industry’s desire for a single sustainability rating scheme that addresses the challenges that infrastructure clients, professions and contractors currently face in delivering more sustainable and resilient infrastructure”.

Discussing the merger, BRE chief executive Peter Bonfield said: “Our long term aspiration with a single scheme is to bring together the significant experience and expertise behind the two rating systems to deliver enhanced environmental and social benefits for civil engineering works and better economic outcomes that benefit society, and broaden up-take in the UK and international markets.”

CEEQUAL chief executive Roger Venables said: “CEEQUAL is an internationally respected rating and awards scheme and has been applied to – and positively influenced – some of the UK’s most successful infrastructure projects like Crossrail and the London 2012 Olympics.

“It is increasingly used outside the UK, especially in Sweden and, most recently, in Qatar. I and my colleagues look forward to working with BRE to develop the next generation rating scheme that will address the significant challenges faced by those working in the sector.”

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