The CEEQUAL technical manuals govern the assessment process, driven by the CEEQUAL assessment methodology.

They outline the various sustainability issues that should be considered by a project team and detail how these issues should be assessed and scored. This provides guidance to project teams in achieving the highest CEEQUAL scores and driving sustainability performance, and is used by the assessor to assess and score projects during CEEQUAL Assessments.


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The manuals

CEEQUAL for Projects

What is CEEQUAL for Projects

CEEQUAL for Projects is applicable to all types of civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm works. This is divided into CEEQUAL for Projects UK & Ireland and CEEQUAL for Projects International, which enables the CEEQUAL manual to respond to locally sensitive guidance or governing laws.

Choosing your assessment type

There are five assessment types available in CEEQUAL for Projects, one for the whole project team and four for parts of the team where not all project partners can take part or where individual members of the team would like to have their own role assessed and recognised separately:

  • Whole Project: the full CEEQUAL assessment applied jointly by the client, designer and principal contractor(s)
  • Strategy & Design: for a joint application by the client and designer. This can be achieved before construction begins and can be applied for where approval for the construction stage has not yet been secured, or where the contractor does not wish to participate in a Whole Team Award.
  • Design: principal designer(s) only. This can be useful to enable the designer to secure experience of CEEQUAL without the involvement of the other parties to the project, or where the designer wishes to gain recognition for their contribution to a project when the client and contractor do not wish to participate.
  • Design & Construction: joint application by the contractor and their designer.  Useful where the designer and contractor wish to gain recognition for their contribution to a project but the client does not wish to participate.
  • Construction: principal contractor(s) only. Useful to enable the contractor to secure experience of CEEQUAL without the involvement of the other parties to the contract, or where the contractor wishes to gain recognition for their contribution to a project when the client and designer to do not wish to participate.

Additionally, assessments can be verified at stages as the project progresses, including strategy stage, design stage, and – for Whole Project assessments – interim design stage.

  • Strategy & Interim Design: Only available as part of a Whole Project assessment. This enables teams to add a verified CEEQUAL Assessment during the design stage of a Whole Project assessment. The stage in the design process at which the interim assessment is undertaken can be chosen to best suit the applicant’s needs and procurement process. The client and designer can then secure recognition for their contribution to the project at this early stage on their way to a Whole Project assessment, and a Strategy & Interim Design assessment can even be applied for before the contractor is appointed. The benefit of an interim assessment is that the applicant can decide how far through the design they wish the verified assessment to take place. In this circumstance, the interim assessment is superseded once the project is finished and the Whole Project assessment completed.


Multi-package assessments

On larger, longer and more complicated projects, it can be impractical to assess the scheme as just one single project. In such a case multi-package assessments can be used for assessing sustainability. This enables separate CEEQUAL assessments of individual packages of works to be completed. The individual package scores are then aggregated on the basis of the individual package contract values to give an overall Whole Project assessment for the project or programme.

CEEQUAL for Term Contracts

What is CEEQUAL for Term Contracts

CEEQUAL for Term Contracts applies to civil engineering and public realm works that are undertaken through contracts over a number of years and in a geographical or operational area, via term maintenance contracts.

Term contracts offer a convenient means of carrying out large numbers of discrete jobs of relatively low individual value. Through this mechanism procurement costs per job are minimised by work simply being initiated by a written order or instruction. The success of such contracts is normally a reflection of the strength of the contractor’s understanding of the client’s requirements, the teamwork generated amongst the parties, and the successful delivery of these requirements.

It is thus recognised that the assessment process should be a team effort between all parties involved in the contract: client, designer (if included), contractor and contract manager or engineer. This approach should maximise the opportunity for any CEEQUAL assessment to be ultimately successful.

Choosing your assessment manual 

CEEQUAL for Term Contracts has two manuals:

  • Maintenance: for works such as highway repairs and resurfacing, bridge repairs and maintenance, and rail track maintenance. The work may involve a number of different types of work across the operational area at different times, and the precise nature, scope and location of all works to be undertaken may not be known at the beginning of the contract.
  • Construction: where new construction, and significant modification of existing assets that includes new works, is involved.

Choosing your assessment type

There are two assessment types under the contracts scheme, independent of the manual being used.

  • Whole Team Award & Assessment: available when the client mandates the use of CEEQUAL on a contract.
  • Delivery Award & Assessment: available when the contractor(s) and designer(s) making up the contract delivery team wish to use CEEQUAL to assess their performance without the direct instruction or involvement of the Client.

CEEQUAL methodology

The CEEQUAL Methodology


There have been six iterations of the CEEQUAL methodology as the scheme has developed over the years. Of these, two are still actively used.

Version 6


Version 6 is the latest version of the CEEQUAL methodology. It builds upon the proven processes of the CEEQUAL approach and incorporates learning and developments from BREEAM Infrastructure Pilot. Incorporating years of experience and development, it is the most complete sustainability assessment scheme for infrastructure and civil engineering projects.

Find out more about CEEQUAL Version 6

CEEQUAL version 6 manual

Version 5


Since the introduction of CEEQUAL Version 6, you can no longer apply under Version 5 unless applying for the International scheme. However, many active projects are still undergoing Version 5 assessments.

Version 5 completed CEEQUAL’s transition from an environmental assessment and awards scheme to a sustainability assessment and awards scheme. The scheme was revised and updated by CEEQUAL’s panel of experts to reflect advances in industry best practice since the release of Version 4.

Find out more about CEEQUAL Version 5

CEEQUAL version 5 manual

Applying for your assessment

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First time Assessor?

If you are a first time CEEQUAL Assessor you will need to complete one of our training courses before undertaking a CEEQUAL Assessment.

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