Environment Webinar -The Use of Sustainability Assessments on Crossrail: CEEQUAL and BREEAM

Document type: Video
Author: Mike de Silva BSc PhD FCIWEM MIEEM CSci C.WEM, Suzanne Bryon BSc (Hons) AIEMA
Publication Date: 24/11/2016

  • Abstract

    This is the third in a series of Crossrail Learning Legacy webinars focused on the Environment Theme, hosted by our partners at CIRIA and IEMA.
    It describes how CEEQUAL and BREEAM were used to benchmark the environmental performance of the project.
    Both BREEAM and CEEQUAL have been and are being extensively used on the Crossrail programme in terms of underground train stations (new works and major refurbishments) and tunnels, portals and shafts respectively. The use of BREEAM for underground stations was pioneered on Crossrail and required the adaptation of the use of BREEAM bespoke 2008 methodology to enable BREEAM assessments to be carried out on the Crossrail project works relating to underground train stations (new works and major refurbishments). CEEQUAL has been used as a tool to benchmark overall environmental performance for Crossrail’s tunnels, portals and shafts.
    This webinar presents an introduction to the experiences of using the two methodologies across the design and construction elements of the Crossrail programme; highlighting the collaborative approach adopted to allow effective adoption of the two methodologies as well as highlighting learning points for future adoption on other underground stations and structures.

  • Authors

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    Mike de Silva BSc PhD FCIWEM MIEEM CSci C.WEM - Bechtel

    Sustainability Manager

    Mike has over 25 years of environmental and sustainability design and construction experience much of which has been gained in the rail industry. He has worked on the two largest rail link projects in the United Kingdom, Crossrail and High Speed 1. Mike worked as Sustainability Manager on the Crossrail between 2009 and 2017 and was responsible for delivering its sustainability strategy and reporting as well as leading on CEEQUAL and BREEAM project management, and had an assurance role on the management & measurement of the project’s carbon footprint. He is currently working on HS2 Phase 2b.

    He is well known in the industry and has published a number of works including the well reviewed Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors publication “Sustainability & the Property Lifecycle”. He has also sat on a number of working groups including CEEQUAL International, BREEAM Infrastructure and BES6001 a voluntary standard on responsible sourcing of construction materials & products, and is currently on the editorial panel for the ICE Journal, Engineering Sustainability.

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    Suzanne Bryon BSc (Hons) AIEMA - Crossrail Ltd

    Suzanne is an Environmental Advisor at Crossrail.  She joined the project in 2011 as an EMS co-ordinator and was involved in developing and implementing Crossrail’s Environmental Management System.  She then moved into the delivery team in an Environmental advisor role and is currently responsible for working with contractors to ensure that  construction work is undertaken in compliance with the Environmental Minimum Requirements, and for promoting world class performance and driving best practice.  The environmental advisor role includes responsibilities such as being instrumental in the process for obtaining and complying with consents, facilitating collaboration between contractor, technical and delivery within CRL and then between client contractor and statutory bodies as well as working with stations contracts to achieve BREEAM certification.  Prior to Crossrail, Suzanne had 5 years experience working for a civil engineering contractor on highways and airports projects.


  • Partners

    Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment

    Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment

    “Crossrail's environment and sustainability innovations offer our profession huge learning opportunities. At IEMA, we feel the legacy goes far beyond learning. This is about inspiration, direction and the power of what is possible.”


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    Construction Industry Research and Information Association

    "The Crossrail Learning Legacy will provide CIRIA members and the wider industry with information and knowledge they can translate into good practice across future construction projects of any size or type."