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10 March 2016

HOK Collaborates With BRE on Pilot BREEAM Qualification

HOK is collaborating with the BRE Academy to help develop a new Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) training offer to support organizations in meeting the global sustainability agenda.

Sustainable-Hospital-Redevelopment_Credit-HOKHOK has been working with BRE on the pilot from the earliest stages, helping to develop the final program.

Titled BREEAM Associate, and launching this week at Ecobuild 2016, the new qualification is the first of its kind in the UK. The online training offer is designed to develop individuals’ core sustainability knowledge to ensure that organizations can best integrate sustainability considerations into built environment projects at the earliest stages. It equips professionals in the design and construction industry with knowledge about the behaviors required to achieve positive, cost effective results in BREEAM projects.

Sustainable Design Leader Ronak Gawarwala“We are committed to ensuring that our design and technical staff have the qualifications that enable them to deliver the best projects for our clients, and an important part of this is providing effective training opportunities within the sustainability sector,” said Ronak Gawarwala, sustainable design leader in HOK’s London office. “Our early involvement in piloting this training builds on our established relationship with BRE while enabling our staff to be among the first UK design professionals to achieve this credential.”

The BREEAM Associate training offer includes an online self-training program, the examination itself and membership in the BRE Academy. As part of HOK’s participation in the pilot, more than 70 percent of the London practice’s design staff have already achieved the BREEAM Associate sustainability credential. This number is expected to rise to 85 percent following the second round of exams later this month.

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