Head of Sustainability

Job Description

Purpose of job:

Undertake as an BRE licensed Assessor, Sustainability Assessments; manage and deliver throughout the life of each project using BREEAM 2008 through to present:

- BREEAM 2014 New Construction/Commercial - Includes Office, Retail and Industrial

- BREEAM Assessor Other Buildings – Includes Multi-Resi, hotels, care homes, bespoke buildings etc.

- BREEAM Assessor Non-Domestic Refurbishment and Fit-out - Includes Office, Retail and Industrial, other buildings, etc.

- CSH and HQM Assessor – New residential dwellings only

- BREEAM Domestic Refurb – Refurbishment and conversion of existing residential dwellings (i.e. Office to Resi)


Undertake Pre-assessment, Design Stage & Post Construction stage assessments through to certification.

Production of Sustainability Statements and Energy Strategy reports for Planning.

Provide sustainability related consultancy to clients and design teams. Manage fee quotes in a structured manner, using in house fee structure.

Undertake the sustainable design, analysis and consultancy for a variety of buildings

Exploring multiple options and summarise the benefits and shortfalls of each

Working as part of multidisciplinary team, organising and chairing meetings with the wider design team

Attending both internal and external presentations, presenting where appropriate

Supporting the design and construction teams in completing the required BREEAM evidence

Produce reports to design team and BRE

Engage effectively with the BRE quality assurance procedures

Assist the directors with bid preparations

Assist the engineers with integrating the BREEAM requirements into design

Delivering excellent project work within agreed deadlines and to the appropriate level of detail

Keeping others informed of progress on projects and any concerns

Overall responsibility for delivering BREEAM Assessments from pre-assessment to final certification

Undertake Life Cycle Analysis and Life Cycle Costing


Principle Responsibilities:

Production of Fee quotations for Sustainability services, having a good understanding of time required to complete tasks relative to each fee.

To undertake Sustainability Assessments to meet local and national Planning requirements and the GLA.

Agree level of service, and project design duties with your Director, for each project, understand relationship with fee.

Chair sustainability review meetings within the design team, providing advice how commercially to best achieve the targets set out.

Act as the Sustainability Champion for projects and within the practice.

Qualified BREEAM Assessor (New Construction and/or RFO) – 2014 or 2018 accredited.

Qualified BREEAM Assessor (Domestic refurbishment)

Qualified CSH / HQM Assessor (Code for Sustainable Homes and/or HQM)

Ideally you will be a Graduate member to a relevant professional institute

Awareness of broader sustainability issues (e.g. life Cycle Analysis & Costing, passive design, health & wellbeing, post-occupancy evaluation, low impact materials, water, waste, environmental economics etc.)

Awareness of tasks on projects from conception to handover

Ability to prioritise own workload and manage various projects at different stages.

Willingness to learn a variety of different sustainability assessment methods e.g. BREEAM, LEED, WELL, etc, and/or modelling software

Work with our MEP engineers to carry out concept design to detailed design, tender and contract on-site supervision, to completion, ensuring projects are undertaken in accordance with sustainability design briefs and that completion deadlines are achieved.

Liaise with the design team to facilitate the process of sustainability measures. Provide positive contribution to design/project meetings. Maintain regular ‘in house’ design reviews and checks with a bias towards sustainability.

Monitor and control project fee expenditure and manage change and identity additional design fees where appropriate.

Monitor contract staff or third-party appointments.

Maintain excellent client and design team relationships to achieve high levels of repeat business and achieve 100% Customer Satisfaction.

Pursue new business opportunities, where appropriate, with existing and new clients.

When acting as project team leader, co-ordinate with other project disciplines.

Assist Directors with identifying and implementing your personal training/CPD requirements. Help develop working practices in the Company.

Implement and manage QA systems and procedures on all projects.

Implement Company Health and Safety


Experience & qualification:

BREEAM & CSH Assessor Qualifications (as above)

Experience of taking BREEAM and CSH assessments through to certification.

Minimum 5 years’ experience – technically competent.

Good communication/presentation skills

Understand client requirements/objectives

Thorough knowledge of the sustainability related statutory legislation, standards, and drivers in the construction industry.

Develop management skills.