BREEAM – Security Needs Assessment

Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) provides a comprehensive and standardised method for evaluating the sustainability and environmental impact of a building throughout its lifecycle and can be applied to new developments or refurbishment schemes.

BREEAM recognises the importance of addressing security aspects within the context of building design and operation with criteria related to safety and security.

This category assesses the measures in place to provide a safe and secure environment for occupants and visitors. Aspects considered include access control, surveillance and monitoring, lighting, perimeter security and emergency planning and response.

What is a Security Needs Assessment?

A Security Needs Assessment (SNA) is an evaluation of the security requirements and vulnerabilities of a particular environment. The purpose of such is to identify potential security risks, threats, and weakness and to develop strategies and measures to mitigate or manage them effectively. The assessment is an aid to decision-making and should be conducted by a Suitably Qualified Security Specialist (SQSS).

How We Can Help

As SQSS, Consultive Solutions have the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to effectively conduct SNA’s to ensure the project meets the security-related criteria set by BREEAM.

Our approach to the development of the Security Needs Assessment follows the BREEAM head guidance:

  • A visual audit of the site and surroundings, identifying environmental cues and features pertinent to the security of the proposed development.
  • Formal consultation with relevant stakeholders, including the local ALO, CPDA & CTSA (as applicable), in order to obtain a summary of crime and disorder issues in the immediate vicinity of the proposed development
  • Identify risks specific to the proposed, likely or potential use of the building(s)
  • Identify risks specific to the proposed, likely or potential user groups of the buildings(s)
  • Identify any detrimental effects the development may have on the existing community

We work with clients throughout the UK and from a range of sectors, to find out how we can help you please contact us.