CEEQUAL is the sustainability assessment scheme for infrastructure, civil engineering, landscaping and public realm works, providing third party verification of your project’s performance.
CEEQUAL is a self-assessment process, carried out by a trained CEEQUAL assessor. Using a CEEQUAL manual and an online assessment platform, the assessor assesses and records the scores and the evidence for them.
Completed sustainability assessments are externally verified by a CEEQUAL-appointed verifier. The result is a ratified CEEQUAL score and rating, and the certificate is awarded to all project partners.
When to apply
We recommend applying for a CEEQUAL sustainability assessment as early as possible to influence and improve the project’s development from an early stage. It is also easier to collect evidence as work progresses.
However, it is possible for a project that is already underway to undertake an assessment at any point during the project. This means that any criteria requirements undertaken prior to assessment registration, are assessed retrospectively. Usually, the further along a project is before registering, the greater the possibility of not gaining optimal scores.
The CEEQUAL Assessment Process
Appoint an assessor and apply
CEEQUAL assigns a relevant verifier to the project. The assessor and verifier have a scoping meeting: the
project is uploaded to the assessment platform.
Determine assessment scope:
The assessor reviews the project and indicates which criteria are not relevant. The assessor and verifier agree on the scope of the project and record this on the online platform.
Gather supporting evidence:
The assessor works through the criteria in the manual and gathers the necessary supporting evidence and allocating credits. The credits and supporting evidence are recorded on the online platform.
Notify the verifier once the assessment is complete:
The assessor submits the assessment for verification, notifies the verifier that the project is ready for verification, and arranges a date for the verification meeting.
The verifier reviews the credits and evidence, verifying these in accordance with the CEEQUAL procedures. This step takes a minimum of four weeks to complete.
Provide any additional or missing evidence:
The assessor may provide the verifier with any missing evidence to support their case.
Verifer submits assessment for ratification:
The verifier completes their review by entering their comments and credits on the online platform and submitting the assessment for ratification.
The ratifier checks that the assessment is defendable and does a consistency check on the verifier. This step takes approximately three weeks.
Once ratified, the relevant teams receive their CEEQUAL Award certificates.
Trained CEEQUAL assessors are required to complete CEEQUAL assessments. They are usually part of the project team and encourage the team to consider sustainability issues at appropriate times, as well as assessing the final outcome.
CEEQUAL verifiers are independent from the project team. It is their job to help guide the assessor and verify the final assessment. CEEQUAL verifiers have a deeper understanding of CEEQUAL and are chosen from a pool of assessors who have completed at least one assessment.
The CEEQUAL Categories
CEEQUAL’s technical schemes consist of eight categories, each relating to a different area of sustainability, against which the performance of a project is assessed. Projects are awarded a score for each of the eight categories, which are combined to give the overall sustainability assessment score and the final rating. Click here to learn more about the technical schemes.
You can learn more about the CEEQUAL categories by visiting each of the category icons below.
Communities & stakeholders
Land use & ecology
Landscape & historic environment
The main output from the CEEQUAL assessment is the final sustainability rating, which reflects a project’s performance across the eight categories.
As of CEEQUAL Version 6, there are six rating levels: Unclassified, Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent, and Outstanding.
To learn more about the CEEQUAL assessment process, please download our infographic.
CEEQUAL fees could depend on several factors:
- Contract value of the project or contracted works
- Client’s or engineer’s estimate
- Type of assessment
What does the fee include?
- The cost of the CEEQUAL-appointed Verifier
- CEEQUAL’s project administration costs
- The cost of the certificate presentation at the end of the assessment
- The progressive development of the CEEQUAL scheme
To discuss fee scales for specific assessment types, please contact us.
Online Assessment Platforms
CEEQUAL uses online assessment platforms to record the whole CEEQUAL assessment process, including evidence to support scores given, reasons for scoping-out questions, scores awarded by the assessor, and the verifier’s comments and amendments.
On previous versions of CEEQUAL (Version 4 and Version 5), the Online Assessment Tool was used. This is still active for ongoing projects using earlier versions of CEEQUAL.
As of CEEQUAL Version 6, this has been replaced by the BREEAM Projects platform, as part of process of aligning the CEEQUAL and BREEAM standards.
Assessors are given log-in details upon completion of an assessor training course.