The Site Sustainability Manager (SSM), also known as the BREEAM AP – Site, is dedicated to promoting sustainability on the construction site, ensuring compliance with environmental regulations and BREEAM requirements.

Their primary role involves facilitating the project in realising sustainability goals during construction, handover, and closeout phases. As sustainability advocates on-site, they play a crucial role in minimising environmental impacts.

In BREEAM assessed projects, the participation of a SSM (BREEAM AP – Site) contributes to earning BREEAM credits in the Management category. Additional credits can be attained by actively monitoring and mitigating site impacts.

Developed by industry experts, this training course equips learners to navigate on-site sustainability, from understanding the BREEAM certification process to addressing the performance gap and fostering collaboration with site workers.

After completing the course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of sustainability on site.
    Understand the performance gap and spot potential issues that might widen this gap.
  • Understand the principles of infrared thermography, and how to achieve an airtight building.
  • Understand the process of BREEAM certification and know your role within the post-construction stage assessment.
  • Identify the correct type of evidence to allow the BREEAM assessor to carry out their assessment.
  • Understand how Building Information Management (BIM) can support your work on-site and enable better sustainability outcomes.
  • Know how to successfully champion sustainability on-site, including how to involve site workers and the supply chain.

Successfully completing this course enables you to be eligible for a listing on as an active SSM (BREEAM AP – Site).

At a glance

Online 7 hours self-study
Classroom 1 day classroom/virtual event
Time zone
1 hour online

If you are looking to work with projects in the Netherlands, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Germany, or Austria, then you will need to train under the applicable national scheme. Please refer to the relevant National Scheme Operator for that country in order to understand the training requirements.

This course is aimed at site-based managers and other individuals who have the authority to influence activities on the building site.

After passing the examination, you will need to demonstrate ongoing learning in sustainability matters through a minimum of 15 hours CPD each year. To badge yourself as an ‘active’ SSM (BREEAM AP – Site) you will also need to be listed on

The BRE Academy offers a package of Sustainability Membership and GreenBookLive listings, which will cover both requirements.

This course consists of 7 hours of online self-study, followed by a one-day virtual classroom workshop with a separate online examination date.

Online learning (known as Day 1)

  • Resources
  • Lesson 1: Who is the Site Sustainability Manager (SSM) ?
  • Lesson 2: Reducing the performance gap
  • Lesson 3: Delivering the design spefication
  • Lesson 4: Airtightness
  • Lesson 5: Sustainability assessment schemes
  • Mock examination

Classroom workshop (known as Day 2)

  • The SSM (BREEAM AP – Site) role
  • Helping to deliver the target BREEAM rating
  • Reducing site impacts (waste, energy, water, local impacts)
  • Useful tools and actions to ensure success


The course programme concludes with one online examination, set at a day and time to be agreed between the learner and ProctorU, who invigilate examinations on behalf of BRE Academy. The examination must be passed for learners to be classified as:

  • Site Sustainability Manager (BREEAM AP – Site)

The exam is in an ‘open book’ format, meaning you can use any documents related to the course to aid you.

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Places required:
£950.00 + VAT
per person


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