Anyone for BREEAM?


Anyone for BREEAM?

With fifteen years of experience of recruiting people across the Sustainable Buildings and Sustainable Construction industry, the Sustainability & Cleantech team at Lewis Davey have seen… not that many changes.  Yes, that’s right – everyone is still grappling with the old age problem of the performance gap.  Regulation drivers have been, gone and err…come back again.

There has undoubtedly been some movement – we’ve seen increasing activity around Wellbeing and The Living Building Challenge has started to rear its head of late but, like most who attended the event previously known as Ecobuild (Futurebuild 2019) last week, everyone seems to be talking about the same things we were when Futurebuild was Ecobuild and Ecobuild was at Earls Court…  Are we progressing?

We progressed and introduced Zero Carbon Homes. But then we regressed and abolished Zero Carbon Homes and now, hot of the press we have the Future Homes Standard…Code for Sustainable Homes had its critics and then…well the cfsh was no more and we ended up with the HQM – is that even a thing?

Looking back in time to the Pre-Credit Crunch era of c. 2008, BREEAM Assessors were like gold dust.  We remember a dozen companies fully enrolled in the war for talent and scrambling to interview candidates.  Post Credit Crunch, BREEAM Assessors struggled to find a home.  How times can change.

Fast forward ten years and everyone is struggling to find good quality, qualified BREEAM Assessors that are open to considering a move and the question employers need to ask is – “why would a BREEAM Assessor want to move to us?”

We ask, “how do you differentiate yourself in the market?”

Some Employers are bleak in their honesty.  “We are no different to anyone else – we’re looking for a BREEAM Assessor who is happy churning out BREEAM assessments on a regular basis and we will pay…market rate”.

Others fool themselves. This is probably much like the book I read to my kids “Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise” –  It’s a cracker if you have kids and have not read it.   I imagine the Employer “disguising themselves as a great employer and waiting…soon our deadly payroll will be onboarding that talented candidate…it doesn’t work… we are desperate…but it doesn’t matter, we are a great employer*” *note you really need to read this book to have any idea of what I’m rambling about here…

Others offer flexibility and live bravely.  Some start to trial the 6 hour day or the four day week. Some can communicate the culture, the opportunity, career progression, the excitement candidates will feel from working on some really great projects…

Ultimately, we are all different and all businesses are different.  Where you fit in will be different to where the next one does…

Fortunately, right now, Lewis Davey are working on a plethora of different roles across sustainable buildings.  We’re working with start up’s, small family orientated business and large international plc.  Here’ a selection of what we are working on:


BREEAM NC Assessor, London / Berkshire, c.£35-42k:  Small traditional M&E practice with good training prospects and the opportunity to work on more than BREEAM.

BREEAM NC / DR, London, £DOE: A collaborative, democratic and open working environment with a focus on wellbeing in every sense of the word.                       

BREEAM In-Use, London, £30-45K:  Join the BREEAM In-use roller coaster ride but gain exposure to broader energy management, EMS, corporate sustainability, FitWell and Wellbeing in this stupendously fast growing and exciting property consultancy.

BREEAM NC, West Midlands/Yorkshire, c. £35-45K: Another entrepreneurially minded start-up growing at pace.  Modern working. Trialling a six-hour working day. Flexible employer. Home-based working. Opportunity to establish a west midlands office.                                                                      

BREEAM NC, Bristol, c.£28-35K: Small, growing sustainable construction focused consultancy looking for BREEAM Assessors with c. 2 years experience plus.

Senior BREEAM NC & BREEAM International, £35-45K, London:  Creative M&E and Environmental consultancy working closely with architects and working internationally on some pretty impressive projects.

Senior Thermal Modeller, London, £35-45K: looking for a dynamic thermal modeller who can find creative solutions to building physics challenges this creative and social practice.

Thermal Modeller, Yorkshire, £35K: Keen to hear from thermal modellers interested in entrepreneurial business. 


We are also looking for numerous Energy Consultants, Energy Managers and Energy Analysts to work on existing buildings.

The Sustainable Buildings and Sustainable Construction industries are just one of several areas which Lewis Davey specialise in recruiting within.  We also operate across Finance (SRI, ESG, Impact Investing, M&A), Smart Energy (EV, Energy Storage, Flexibility, Connected Home), Renewables & Low Carbon Power, Corporate Sustainability & CSR, and Energy Markets, Policy & Regulation.

Please contact the team on 020 7859 4246 or email

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