BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 – Summary of Changes | Low Energy Consultancy

BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 – Summary of Changes

You will have heard or definitely seen publications regarding a change to the BREEAM regulations. The change came into play on 24th March 2018 and all new schemes registered after this date will be subject to the 2018 standards rather than the previous 2014 version.

So what has changed?

There have been a number of significant changes to the category credits.  Some of the main points to mention include:


MAN03 – Considerate Construction credit amended to Responsible Construction Management.  A checklist of 19 requirements is now in place checking all aspects of site safety. 9 ticks = 1 credit, 1 additional credit if you meet 15.

MAN04 – two separate Building manuals to be provided – one for general user & one for Facilities Manager

Health & Wellbeing

HEA02 – Indoor air quality plan is now  pre-requisite not a separate credit.  VOC emission focus has now been extended further than just paint, including wood, plaster & insulation.  A credit is available if real life air quality is measured and passes following construction.

HEA06 – This section now specifically relates to Security only. 

HEA07 – New section - credits available for safe access & outside space.


ENE01 – Simple buildings have 9 credits available at design stage, a further 4 credits are available if the developer completes addition al energy modelling during design & PC.


TRA01 – Category completely restructured – 2 credits available now for sustainable travel awareness & improvement identification.

TRA02 – 10 credits available for analysis of the situation and offering improvements which are appropriate to the development. 


No significant changes


MAT01 – Choice between Life Cycle Assessments Tool or go with the more calculated Impact approach.  Now incorporates MAT04 and elements of MAT02.

MAT05 – Malicious Damage protection measures now added.

MAT06 – Now required to set targets, develop & record the efficiency of building materials to achieve credit.


WST05 – This section now includes building services.

WST06 – 2 credits now available - one for recommendation, one for implementation.

Land Use & Ecology

LE02 - Now focusing on the understanding of the ecological baseline of the site and associated risk & opportunities.  Whilst an ecologist does not need to carry out the work a qualified ecologist appointment would offer more credits.

LE03 – credits available by avoiding negative impacts on the site ecology.  Again more credits available if a qualified ecologist is appointed.

LE04 – 4 credits available for enhancing the ecological value of the site, 2 credits are available if you secure ongoing monitoring, management & maintenance of site’s ecological features.


POL02 – Aim is now local air quality, now broader covering particle pollution from biomass and solid fuel systems in addition to NOx emissions.  2 credits are available for using low emissions appliances to provide heat & hot water in buildings. 

POL03 – Surface water credits are now harder to achieve, you will now need to show how the development will improve the run off rate by at least 30%.

A full PDF table of changes is available below.