The following Environment practice note Produced in partnership with Author of the WSP Group provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
The Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) is a method for evaluating and certifying the environmental performance of a building’s design, construction and operation. A BREEAM score and rating are assigned to BREEAM certified buildings providing a means of measuring the environmental impact of a building’s design and construction and so benchmarking this against other certified buildings.
BREEAM is owned, maintained and managed by BRE Global Ltd. BRE Global Ltd provides licenses to independent trained and qualified BREEAM Assessors who undertake BREEAM assessments. BREEAM Assessments are subsequently submitted to BRE for independent review and certification.
While BREEAM is a voluntary standard, there are a number of drivers for undertaking a BREEAM assessment, including:
local development frameworks via planning authorities specify BREEAM ratings to be achieved to demonstrate the sustainability of developments. For example, in Wales, all new non-residential developments (over 250m2) promoted or supported by the Welsh Government or its sponsored bodies must achieve BREEAM excellent, or an equivalent quality assured scheme. In March–May 2016, the Welsh Government consulted on incorporating aspects of the previous Sustainable Buildings National Planning Policy into the Building Regulations in Wales. Respondents unanimously agreed that a regulatory approach to responsible sourcing was not preferable but that there was a good opportunity available to further promote responsible sourcing and the numerous schemes that certify products throughout the
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): The guidance detailing normal practice set out in this Practice Note may be affected by measures concerning process and procedure in the civil courts that have been introduced as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For guidance, see Practice Note: Coronavirus
Who is a fiduciary?There is no comprehensive list of the relationships which give rise to the existence of fiduciary duties under common law. Some relationships are automatically fiduciary, eg those between trustee and beneficiary, solicitor and client, principal and agent, business partner and
Coronavirus (COVID-19): During the current pandemic, legislation and changes to practice and procedure in the courts and tribunals have been introduced, which affect the following:•proceedings for possession•forfeiture of business leases on the grounds of non-payment of rent•a landlord's right to
What is recklessness?In respect of some statutory offences and common law crimes the prosecution are required to prove a mental element of recklessness on the part of the defendant.Recklessness means unjustified risk taking on the part of the accused.Prior to the House of Lords decision in Re G
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