The BREEAM AP – Site (also known as a Site Sustainable Manager or SSM) training course consists of an online eLearning self-study programme (approximately 10 hours) of structured online learning from our Moodle website followed by a one day classroom workshop with separate online examination date.

It is essential that learners complete the online training before attending the classroom training (this is referred to as Day 1). The examination is based on both the online programme and the classroom workshop event.

An BREEAM AP – Site/ SSM has a focus on sustainability on the construction site. Their main responsibility is to support the achievement of the sustainability design aspirations of the project at the construction, handover and close out stages, including the target BREEAM rating. They are the champions of sustainability on site and ensure environmental site impacts are minimised. For BREEAM assessed projects, the involvement of a qualified BREEAM AP – Site/ SSM provides the opportunity to earn a BREEAM credit in the Management section, and further credits can be achieved by monitoring and limiting site impacts.

The pre-course online training covers the basics of sustainability on the construction site, including bridging the performance gap at the construction stage, basic issues that can affect environmental performance, infrared thermography, airtightness, and an overview of the most used environmental performance assessment tools.

The training specifically covers the role, including helping to deliver the target BREEAM rating, reducing site impacts (waste, energy, water, local impacts), useful tools and actions to ensure the BREEAM AP – Site/ SSM success.

By the end of the training course, you will:

  • Be able to understand the basics of sustainability on site, both in the correct installation of building components for an optimum environmental performance of the finished building, and in minimising impacts from the building site and operations;
  • Know what causes a performance gap between design and construction of buildings and how to spot potential issues during the construction, handover and close out stages that might widen this gap;
  • Understand the principles of infrared thermography;
  • Understand how to achieve an airtight building, avoiding gaps and achieving a better performing fabric;
  • Understand the process of BREEAM certification and know your role within the post-construction stage assessment;
  • Be able to identify the correct type of evidence required to enable the BREEAM assessor to carry out their assessment;
  • Understand how Building Information Management (BIM) can support your work onsite and enable better sustainability outcomes;
  • Know how to successfully champion sustainability onsite, including how to involve site workers and the supply chain.

In order to claim the BREEAM credits featuring a BREEAM AP – Site/ Sustainability Champion you must be qualified and keep up to date with sustainability matters and BREEAM developments (Please note other criteria apply to claim the full credit).

One way of demonstrating competence for this role is through qualification. After passing the examination, you will need to demonstrate ongoing competence in sustainability matters through a minimum of 15 hours CPD each year. To badge yourself as an ‘active’ BREEAM AP – Site/ SSM for the purpose of BREEAM, you will also need to be listed on GreenBookLive.com.

The BRE Academy offers a package of Sustainability Membership and GreenBookLive listing (£99+VAT per annum), which will cover both of these requirements.

Should you want to demonstrate CPD compliance through your membership with another institution, this will be acceptable provided that you obtain approval from BREEAM, but you will still need to be listed on GreenBookLive.com

Online examination

The day and time for the online examination will need to be set by individual trainees directly with ProctorU* for a date that is suitable to both parties after the classroom event has taken place.

The examination is an ‘open book’ type. You can use any document related to the course to aid you with the examination(s) either in paper format (these can be your own handwritten notes, note cards, etc) or in PDF copies (the latter must be taken directly from the actual course on the BRE.AC Moodle eLearning website).

Sustainability is at the heart of BRE, and we take our impact on the environment very seriously. As part of our concerted effort to reduce our impact we have taken the positive decision to go ‘paperless’. Having your training notes in an electronic format is not only good for the environment it also means you can keep your notes on your portable computer/ electronic tablet to use at your convenience to aid you with your training programme. We would advise you to bring along to the classroom event your portable computer/ electronic tablet as a reference point.

BRE Academy are working with ProctorU* Inc., based in the USA, to remotely invigilate and verify the identity of students taking the exam which forms part of this online learning course. For more information on ProctorU’s privacy policy and their “Privacy Shield” credentials, please go to https://www.proctoru.com/privacy-policy/ .

Please note that trainees will need to provide photographic ID in the form of either a passport, driving license or other valid document prior to the start of the examination.

Intended Audience

The course is aimed at site-based managers, and other people who would have the necessary authority to influence activities on the building site.

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