CEEQUAL is the sustainability assessment scheme for infrastructure, civil engineering, landscaping and public realm works, providing third party verification of your projects performance.
CEEQUAL is a self-assessment process, carried out by a trained CEEQUAL Assessor. Using a copy of the applicable CEEQUAL manual, and an online assessment platform, the Assessor assesses and records the scores they believe to be appropriate, whilst providing justifying evidence.
Completed sustainability assessments are externally verified by a CEEQUAL-appointed Verifier based on the evidence provided. This results in a ratified CEEQUAL score and rating, with CEEQUAL certificates awarded to all project partners.
When to apply
We recommend applying for a CEEQUAL sustainability assessment as early as practicable, as this enables CEEQUAL to influence the project’s development from an early stage, driving best practice. Further, supporting evidence can be compiled 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
Step 1: Appoint Assessor & apply for an Assessment
The organisation applying for a CEEQUAL Award first needs to appoint an Assessor who has completed CEEQUAL Assessor training. This might be a team member or someone contracted in. The appointment is important as the Assessor must be able, and empowered by their team, to drive the sustainability assessment forward to a successful conclusion.
With the Assessor identified, the appropriate Application Form is then completed and sent to CEEQUAL.
Step 2: Assessment Manual distributed & project uploaded to online assessment platform
Following the application process, the relevant assessment manual will be distributed. The project can then be uploaded to an online assessment platform (the Online Assessment Tool on previous version of CEEQUAL and BREEAM Projects platform for CEEQUAL Version 6).
The online platform enables assessors to record materials pertinent to the assessment process.
Step 3: Verifier nominated
CEEQUAL nominates an appropriate Verifier with relevant expertise and the Assessor and Verifier are linked so that the scoping meeting can be set up.
Step 4: Assessment scope-out
The Assessor reviews the project against the question set in the manual and inidcates which questions are not relevant. The Assessor helps familiarise the Verifier with the project and final scoping-out of the questions is agreed upon and recorded on the online platform.
Step 5: Gathering evidence for Assessment questions
The Assessor works through the questions in the manual and gathers necessary supporting evidence, allocating provisional scores. The scores and supporting evidence are recorded on the online platform.
Step 6: Assessor notifies the Verifier once Assessment is complete
Once provisional scores have been recorded, the Assessor notifies the Verifier that the project is ready for verification and a date is fixed for the verification meeting.
Step 7: Verification meeting
The Verifier reviews the scores and evidence, verifying these verification in accordance with the CEEQUAL procedures. At the Verification meeting, a fair score is agreed with the Assessor.
Step 8: Any additional or missing evidence?
Following the verification meeting, the Assessor can provide the Verifier with any missing evidence in support of their case.
Step 9: Verifier review, ready for Ratification
The Verifier completes their review by entering their comments and scores on the online platform, and then notifies that the project is ready for ratification.
Step 10: Congratulations!
Once ratified, the relevant teams receive their CEEQUAL Award certificate, which are presented at an event for further promotion, if desired.
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 6 rating levels for assessing sustainability. These are: Unclassified; Pass; Good; Very Good; Excellent; and Outstanding (only in CEEQUAL Version 6).
To learn more about the CEEQUAL assessment process, please click here to download our infographic.
CEEQUAL fees are based on the contract value of the project or contracted works or, if applying early in the process, on the client’s or engineer’s estimate. The fee also depends upon the type of assessment being applied for. The fee covers the cost of the CEEQUAL-appointed Verifier (but not the time of the Assessor), CEEQUAL’s project administration costs, the cost of arranging for the certificate presentation at the end of the assessment, and the progressive development of the CEEQUAL scheme.
To download the fee scale for specific assessment types, please visit the resources section of our website.
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.