Below you will find definitions of terms used in this website
Automated Access Control System
Built Asset Security Manager – A specialist that is responsible for a security-minded approach to digital design and execution and operation of a built asset.
Building Information Modelling - A process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional built asset characteristics.
Building Management System.
Building Research Establishment - An independent, impartial, research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation, offering expertise in the built environment.
Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method – Helps clients measure and reduce the environmental impacts of their buildings.
Code of practice for CCTV management and operation.
Computer Aided Design - The use of computers to design objects.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear.
Closed Circuit Television
A legacy environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of new homes.
The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) protects national security by providing protective security advice on physical security, personnel security and cyber security/information assurance.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.
Counter Terrorism Security Advisers (CTSA) are co-ordinated, trained and tasked by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), a specialist police organisation co-located with the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI)
A police crime prevention officer or civilian staff who manages Secured by Design applications, and advises crime risk and designing out crime advice for the built environment.
A guard tour system is a system / process for logging the rounds of employees in a variety of situations such as security guards patrolling property, technicians monitoring climate-controlled environments, and correctional officers.
Home Quality Mark – A UK standard for new homes, published by BRE, which uses a simple 5-star rating to provide impartial information from independent experts on a new home's design, construction quality and running costs.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.
Hostile Vehicle Mitigation - The process for protecting potential assets from vehicle-borne threats ranging from vandalism to VBIED attacks by determined criminals or terrorists.
Moving people to an internal space in an emergency.
The definition detailing ergonomic principles, recommendations and requirements for the design of workstations found in security control rooms.
Mechanical and Electrical
Marauding Terrorist Firearms Attack.
National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), a specialist police organisation co-located with the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI)
Network Video Recorder
A Publicly Accessible Specification (PAS) for security-minded Building Information Modelling (BIM), digital built environments and smart asset management.
A Publicly Accessible Specification (PAS) for guidance on mail screening.
Person-Borne Improvised Explosive Device - An improvised explosive device placed upon a persons body and then detonated.
Private Mobile Radio System.
Physical Security Information Management
Register of Security Engineers and Specialists – A register of independently assessed members that is open to engineers, applied scientists and specialists who focus their knowledge on securing the built environment and infrastructure.
Security Assurance by BRE. Accreditation process for the identification, management and subsequent formulation of appropriate mitigation strategies against any anticipated or perceived security risks throughout the design, construction, and operations phases of development, in alignment with HEA06 BREEAM ‘Safety and Security’ New Construction 2018.
A technique that businesses use to determine what steps need to be taken in order to move from its current state to its desired, future state. Also called need-gap analysis, needs analysis, and needs assessment.
Developer contributions agreed as part of the planning process.
A limited company that lists tested security products, and police initiative that seeks to encourage the construction industry to adopt crime prevention measures.
Security Needs Assessment. Procedure used to identify any perceived risks or threats, environmental cues and features that may affect the overall security of a development, and advise on suitable mitigation measures to mitigate against any such issues identified, in alignment with HEA06 ‘Safety and Security’ BREEAM New Construction 2014 & 2018.
A consultant meeting the experience, qualification and membership requirements of the relevant BREEAM scheme.
Technical Surveillance Counter-Measures - A service provided to detect the presence of technical surveillance devices and hazards and to identify technical security weaknesses that could aid in the conduct of a technical penetration of the surveyed facility.
Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device - An improvised explosive device placed inside a car or other vehicle and then detonated.
Video Management System.