The Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Award Scheme for Infrastructure Assessment (UK & Ireland)


CEEQUAL is the sustainability assessment and rating methodology initiated by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) for the assessment of all types of civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping, and public realm projects and contracts. CEEQUAL was launched publicly in 2003 with Version 2 of the methodology and as of Nov 2015, CEEQUAL Ltd. was acquired by BRE Global limited and is now part of the BREEAM family of schemes.

CEEQUAL is available as two schemes:

  • CEEQUAL for Projects for civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping, and public realm works.
  • CEEQUAL for Term Contracts for maintenance of infrastructure networks and assets.

Table: CEEQUAL Assessment Types

Assessment Type Assessment stages included in scope of assessment
Strategy Design Construction
Whole Project

(Joint application by Client, Designer and Principal Contractor)

Optional Optional Mandatory
Strategy & Design

(Joint application by Client and Designer)

Optional Mandatory
Design only (by lead Designer) Mandatory
Design & Construction (Joint application by Client and Contractor) Optional Mandatory
Construction Only (by lead Contractor) Mandatory

In version 6 of CEEQUAL, the sub-section 7.2 of Resources gives 108 credits for reducing whole life carbon emissions and the sub-section 7.3 of resources gives up to 100 credits for reducing environmental impact through LCA. Energy and carbon for both operations and construction accounts for 9% of total category weightings, and material including waste accounts for 16% of total weightings.

Table below is the credit summary for Resources subsection 7.2.

Assessment Criteria Strategy Design Construction
7.2.1 Carbon management (fixed) Upto 18 Upto 18 Upto 18
7.2.2. Independent third-party certification of carbon management 9 9 9
7.2.3. Achieving carbon reduction targets (fixed) Up to 27
7.2.4 Exemplary level: Net zero carbon (fixed) 1% credit: CEEQUAL wholly supports the

need to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions and therefore awards exemplary performance credits where a

net-zero carbon target can be demonstrated as being met.


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