West Berkshire Council

Sustainable Construction and Energy Efficiency

Requirements for new development: non-residential and residential

BREEAM Assessment

All planning applications for new non-residential development must make reference to the West Berkshire Core Strategy and include, as a minimum, a BREEAM Pre-assessment Estimator (or equivalent). This should show the likely rating to be achieved under a formal BREEAM assessment. This Pre-assessment Estimator should demonstrate that the proposed non-residential development will meet the BREEAM Excellent rating. If your proposal does not achieve the required level then your application could be refused permission.

Sustainable Construction data, and Energy Efficiency data in the form of the BREEAM Pre-assessment Estimator, is a pdf icon local validation requirement [155kb] for planning applications, in line with our pdf icon Core Strategy policy "CS 15 - Sustainable Construction and Energy Efficiency" [181kb].

It is likely to be included within your Design and Access Statement that accompanies the planning application.

Full guidance on the BREEAM credit requirements is available on the BREEAM website and for free BREEAM briefing papers see BREEAM - Resources.

Energy Efficiency

The section of  Planning Policy CS 15 relating to Renewable Energy requires a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions in both residential and non-residential development.

Code for Sustainable Homes Assessment (CSH)

The Ministerial Statement of March 2015 withdrew the Code for Sustainable Homes in England and replaced it with a dual change to Building Regulation and the introduction of new National Technical Standards.

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