SQSS (Suitably Qualified Security Specialist)

KABSEC Consultancy are SQSS (Suitably Qualified Security Specialist) as defined by BREEAM HEA 06 Safety and Security and can carry out Security Needs Assessments to help achieve BREEAM credits on new build construction and refurbishment projects.

In addition KABSEC Consultancy are one of only a handful of independent consultants who hold a Police Crime Prevention Initiatives Full Secured by Design Licence.

BREEAM Hea 06: Security

All schemes, whether residential or commercial, should have the appropriate planning, design and specifications to enable the wellbeing and productivity of building occupants.

BREEAM Hea 06 Security provides one credit for projects that implement site-specific design, specification, and planning recommendations from a Suitably Qualified Security Specialist (SQSS).

Following a review of local crime statistics, a visual audit of the site surroundings, and a review of the current design proposals, recommendations are given to the design team to help them identify appropriate ways to ensure that safety and security issues identified are suitably mitigated.

BREEAM requires that a Suitably Qualified Security Specialist (SQSS) prepare a report on the security characteristics of the project.

New schemes can be designed with better security outcomes to promote the wellbeing and productivity of building occupants.

BREEAM UK New Construction 2018  offers two credits (1 standard, 1 exemplary) to projects that demonstrate compliance.

Security Needs Assessment - 1 Credit

A Suitably Qualified Security Specialist (SQSS) must perform an evidence-based Security Needs Assessment (SNA). This assessment takes place during the Concept Design (RIBA Stage 2 or equivalent) or later.

The Security Needs Assessment identifies, amongst other elements

  • Study of local criminal activity and crime classifications
  • Characteristics of the local area
  • Vulnerabilities in the internal and external design
  • Criminal risks that might be created by the scheme
  • Identification of priority protection measures

The SQSS provides a report, containing recommendations that should be implemented. We will support the scheme demonstrate how recommendations can best be achieved within the current design. If any recommendations were missed, they have to be justified with the SQSS.

Exemplary: Use of security rating scheme - 1 Credit

Using a compliant, risk-based security rating scheme which complements the BREEAM Appraisal can ensure an additional credit is awarded.

We can carry out BREEAM-approved, certified SABRE assessments which provide a credible security label and demonstrate quantifiable reductions in security risks.

Our Security Needs Assessment is carried out by a suitably qualified, SABRE-registered assessor, and we can carry out the full SABRE Assessment to ensure New Construction 2018 exemplary credit is awarded.

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KABSEC Consultancy
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