Issue 5

Welcome to the latest issue of the bi-monthly e-newsletter from GreenBookLive, the unique reference source and online listing of environmental products and services.


Building of the month: 10 Downing Street – among the best

The building complex at 10-12 Downing Street was one of 17 buildings to receive BREEAM Awards, which were presented by One Show reporter Lucy Siegle, at Ecobuild 2013. The Downing Street complex received a special award for the building that has made the most improvement year-on-year in its BREEAM In-Use performance. Other BREEAM Award 2013 winners ranged from Victorian terrace homes in Manchester to office and retail developments in Paris and Istanbul (see list below). Several BREEAM assessors also received awards. More

BREEAM Outstanding rating is the perfect tonic

The Bombay Sapphire distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, is the first refurbishment project to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ (design stage) rating. The development includes a 6kW hydro-electric water wheel to allow power generation from the River Test. With a BREEAM 2008 interim score of 86.81% – a particularly impressive achievement for a refurbishment – the gin distillery is the second highest scoring industrial building and is due for completion in Autumn 2013. More

Greater transparency in UK commercial real estate

The USA-based real estate network and online data sharing portal, Honest Buildings, was officially launched in the UK in February. BRE Global has partnered with Honest Buildings to bring greater transparency to UK commercial real estate, and will the display environmental credentials of thousands of BREEAM certified buildings on the network. This is in addition to their listing on GreenBookLive. More...

Top 50 sustainability rising stars

Building magazine’s recently compiled list of the 50 most talented people under 40 working in sustainable construction, includes Helen Pineo. Responsible for the new BREEAM Communities scheme, Helen is playing an important role in driving the understanding of – and engagement in – the sustainability issues associated with communities and large-scale developments. More...

Certification for PV and solar thermal installation kits

Having been accredited by UKAS, BRE Global is now accepting applications for the certification of pitched roof installation kits for PV and solar thermal systems, against the requirements of MCS 012. After a formal review of the standard, the use of MCS 012 certificated products is expected to become mandatory for MCS solar installations. For more information call 01923 664100 or e-mail

The growing BREEAM family

With BREEAM National Scheme Operators (NSO) now in Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden (as well as the UK) – and with other organisations joining and advanced conversations taking place in countries outside Europe – the BREEAM family is continuing to grow. NSOs in Europe recently contributed to an article on their progress and activities for DEAL magazine – click here (p31 onwards) to view the article.

Antwerp’s green city ambitions

Blue Gate Antwerp will transform a contaminated industrial site into an eco-business park with the help of BREEAM Communities. This site is being developed by the City of Antwerp and the Flemish region. Formerly a busy industrial dockland that now suffers from heavy contamination, flood risk, uneven ground and a lack of public transport, the plan is to transform it into a leading international eco-business park for sustainable logistics, manufacturing and research and development. More...

Help with Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs)

The SMARTWaste Membership Scheme enables SMARTWaste Plan users to benefit from greater flexibility in preparing and implementing SWMPs, and reporting on waste, energy, water and timber – and from BRE’s technical support. Members joining or renewing membership this year include: 
Bouygues UK (New member: silver), Westridge Construction (New member: Bronze), Uplands Retail (New member: Bronze), Wildgoose (New member: Bronze), Shepherd Construction (Renewed: Gold), Crossrail (Renewed: Gold), United Utilities (Renewed: Gold),  John Sisk (Renewed: Silver),  Alandale (Renewed: Bronze),  Drew Smith Group (Renewed: Bronze), Morris Homes (Renewed: Bronze), Skillcrown Homes (Renewed: Bronze), Skippy Nationwide (Renewed: Bronze), Telford Homes (Renewed: Bronze). A full list of SMARTWaste members is on GreenBookLive

Responsible sourcing standard update – stakeholders’ meeting

The process of updating the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products standard BES 6001 (Version 2) started at a workshop on 30 October 2012 – click here for summary notes.  An online consultation to gather further views on the standard was completed on 10 April. All interested parties are now invited to attend a stakeholders' meeting at BRE Watford on the 4 June 2013. You can register your interest in attending by emailing Katie Livesey

First ‘Outstanding’ for BREEAM New Construction

Denton Holme Student Residences in Carlisle has become the first ever Interim (Design Stage) ‘Outstanding’ rated building under the BREEAM New Construction 2011 scheme (multi-residential). The 249-room development, which was assessed by Barry Rankin of GWP Project Services, has transformed a former factory site and is part of efforts to ease student accommodation shortages in Carlisle.  Barry is presenting on the project in a ‘Best of BREEAM’ session at Greenbuild Expo in Manchester on 8 May. More

Ecobuild India

It is estimated that by 2040, India will be home to the world’s largest urban population. One of the topics being focussed on at Ecobuild India on 16-18 April is Making Sustainable Design and Construction Happen. Speakers include BRE’s Orivaldo Barros who will give a presentation in the session on Improving urban planning and design. For more information email

Forthcoming events and training

Certified Passivhaus Designer training

17-26 April at BRE Watford
Distance Learning and seven training days split over two weeks. More

Thinking low carbon

April-June 2013
A series of interactive seminars and workshops aimed at businesses working across the built environment and sustainability sectors, which are looking to develop skills and knowledge. More ...

Introduction to renewables

29 April at BRE Watford
A basic introduction to renewable technologies. More

Green Deal Advisor (domestic) training for qualified Domestic Energy Assessors

2-3 May at BRE Watford
Two-day course plus online learning modules. More

Greenbuild Expo 2013

8-9 May in Manchester
Registration is open for Greenbuild Expo the UK's newest sustainable building and refurbishment event, which covers everything from training opportunities and renewable technologies to sustainable materials and legislation updates. More

BIM training courses

8/9/10 May at BRE Watford
Building Information Modelling (BIM) will be required in all public projects by 2016. Three training courses (being held for the first time in May) will provide a thorough understanding of Design management BIM, Project Management BIM and Business Management BIM.

Assessor training and one-day introduction to BREEAM Communities

8-10 May at BRE Watford
The first day of this course for new BREEAM Communities assessors can be separately booked, and is open to planners, developers and other consultants who want an overview of the scheme. This day is free to public-sector employees. More

SMARTWaste Plan and SWMP training

15 May at BRE Watford
One of a series of events on complying with Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) regulations and training on how to use the free web based tool SMARTWaste Plan. More ...

Green Deal Advisor (non-domestic) training for new entrants

20-24 May at BRE Watford
Level 3 Diploma in non-domestic energy assessment plus Green Deal online learning modules and training. More

Green Deal Advisor (domestic) training for new entrants

29-31 May at BRE Watford.
Level 3 Diploma in Green Deal Advice. More

BREEAM training

For full details of events and training programmes on all aspects of the BREEAM schemes and built environment sustainability click here.

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10-12 Downing Street was one of 17 extraordinary buildings to receive a 2013 BREEAM Award.

Consultants working on Bombay Sapphire’s distillery include Heatherwick Studio, who produced this visualisation of the stills, and GWP Project Services. More

Details of BREEAM certified buildings are now on the Honest Buildings website.

Helen Pineo is one of Buildings top 50 rising stars in sustainable construction. More

The use of MCS 012 certificated products is expected to become mandatory for MCS solar installations. Email the team for more information

BREEAM Awards 2013
The BREEAM Award 2013 winning buildings are:
In-Use Special Award:
10-12 Downing Street.
Armstrong Point, Wigan.
Refurbishment Special Award:
Bowker Street, Manchester.
Fire Station:
Carlton Fire Station, Nottingham.
International – Offices:
Challenger, France.
Data centres:
Cobalt Data Centre 2, Newcastle.
Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen.
International – Other Buildings:
De Balk van Beel, Leuven.
Edge Lane Hospital, Liverpool.
Other Buildings:
Five Pancras Square, London.
Kitchen and VT Workshops, HMP Thameside.
In-Use Parts 1 and 2:
Kanyon, Istanbul.
In-Use International (Pilot):
Le Hive, Paris.
One Angel Square, Manchester.
Llys Ton Extra Care Centre, Bridgend.
Newport Magistrates Court.
Waitrose, Bracknell.

Information on these buildings is presented in the publication Best of BREEAM.



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