Organisational Effectiveness is the third part of BREEAM In Use (BIU) which is a standard covering the major issues that affect buildings through their operational life. It is compatible with the major environmental reporting systems such as ISO 14001, Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s), Display Energy Certificates (DEC’s) and RR (Fire Safety) Order.
The first two parts of ‘BREEAM: Reducing Carbon Emissions in the Built Environment’ looked at The Asset ( i.e. the building) and the Building Management Performance. In this the third of our briefings we will look at Part 3 which provides a framework for the evaluation of the policies, procedures and practices covering the activities carried out in the building being assessed. The on-line questionnaire evaluates the understanding and implementation of the management systems at the building level.
Whilst a Part 3 assessment can be carried out independently of Parts 1 and 2 of BIU many of the issues covered in Part 3 are also covered in Part 2 in relation to the management and operation of the building and its services. There are eight criteria within the assessment but the application of these will dependent upon the type of organisation and its activities.
As would be expected the eight criteria are those common to Parts 1 and 2 namely, management, energy, water, materials, waste, health and wellbeing, transport, pollution and finally land use and ecology. Under each of these headings the assessment looks at the various policies on such matters as environmental policies, business continuity planning, staff feedback etc., and how these policies are implemented.
The policies and procedures should cover what steps the organisation is taking to reduce, reuse, recycle and train in relation to its business activities. The above information is provided to the model through the on-line questionnaire which is then verified by the independent BIU auditor. On successful completion of the audit the certificate can be provided if the necessary standard has been achieved. The auditor can be appointed by the client to assist in the assessment process with general guidance on completion of the questionnaire. To ensure that there is no conflict of interest the auditor cannot assist in the writing of policies but can advise on the essence of the policy.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org who is an accredited BIU assessor.