CEEQUAL is a classification system that has been developed to promote sustainability in landscaping and engineering projects. This is a system for assessing how a project has succeeded in handling environmental issues, primarily, but also social aspects from the project's idea phase to the end result.
Developed in the UK
CEEQUAL has been developed by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in the UK, with funding from the British government, and was launched in the UK in 2003. Around 300 projects have been classified so far, including the Olympic Park, which was built for the 2012 Olympics in London. An international version of the system was launched in January of this year.
NCC has chosen to look more closely at CEEQUAL because, in contrast to the residential side, there has so far been no classification system for our many landscaping and civil engineering projects. The system has been used successfully in the UK for some time and is currently the only system for landscaping and civil engineering projects. Assessing CEEQUAL is thus of great interest to NCC.
NCC's E4 Rotebro project is the first CEEQUAL certified infrastructure project in Sweden.
Based around 200 questions
The system is based on a points system and can be applied to any type of landscaping and civil engineering project. It comprises around 200 questions addressing environmental and social aspects of a project, such as the use of land, water and energy, but also the effect on ecology, landscape, neighbors, archeology and waste minimization. Using CEEQUAL, the issue of sustainability is put center stage and remains so throughout the project.
The actual assessment of the project is performed by a third party. CEEQUAL appoints a trained "Verifier", a person who is independent of the project and responsible for the final judgment.