The scope of services offered under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) international scheme has been extended with the launch of BREEAM International Refurbishment & Fit-Out (RFO)
The development of BREEAM RFO follows on from an equivalent scheme in the UK. Under the UK version a variety of refurbishment and fit-out projects have been BREEAM rated, ranging from central London office blocks and shops, including the famous Foyles bookshop, to out-of-town superstores.
“BREEAM International RFO provides a tailored version of the scheme that can assess refurbishment and fit-out projects all over the world, by taking account of the range of local and regional standards, conditions and climates,” said scheme manager Sarah Summerson. “Where ever they are, improving existing buildings presents difficult challenges – the BREEAM RFO assessment scheme recognises these by being sufficiently flexible to assess projects against the issues that each can reasonably be expected to influence.”
The scheme’s four-part modular approach gives a range of certification options. Part One deals with the building fabric and structure, Part Two is concerned with core services (e.g. centralised M&E plant), Part Three deals with local services and Part Four with interior design. Refurbishment and fit-out projects can be assessed against one or all of the four parts, or any combination, depending on which are relevant to a particular project. This gives the option for just part of a building to be assessed (e.g. a shop fit-out) or the entire building.