SPeAR Pre-Appraisal

SPeAR Pre-Appraisal Benefits

  1. Visually distinctive depiction of results
  2. Free licence and available to download for all
  3. Provides a flexible, integrated set of indicators covering a range of issues and is based on global sustainability standards

About This Software

A holistic assessment framework of sustainability ideal for early on in a project lifecycle

Pre-Appraisal SPeAR® is an Arup designed holistic sustainability tool which provides a decision making framework and helps communicate outcomes. It will help to identify and prioritise sustainability issues early in a project’s lifecycle and identify improvement actions. It can be then followed with use of SPeAR®, for a more comprehensive appraisal at a later stage. Pre-Assessment SPeAR® provides a robust and auditable method of displaying project results in a visually stimulating way.


Comprehensive and flexible analysis tool

Pre-Appraisal SPeAR® is aligned with international sustainability indicators, providing a comprehensive approach. Its unique flexibility provides the ability to select from 21 sustainability indicators from specific themes including transport, biodiversity, culture and employment. The appraisal methodology means that it can be used for a wide range of projects including design and delivery of new infrastructure, masterplans and individual buildings. Pre-Appraisal SPeAR® acts as a precursor to the SPeAR® software. The two tools are set up so that they can be used in sequence on the same project; Pre-Appraisal SPeAR® at an early stage when less design information is available, and SPeAR® when more detail is available.

Quick Overview

SPeAR® is sustainability appraisal software developed by Arup. It enables robust sustainability reporting of project performance.


This software is intended to be used with input from sustainability professionals and there is a robust methodology for undertaking appraisals that sits alongside it. Arup can provide the wide range of consultancy services to support the effective use of this tool and includes:


Arup offers a range of SPeAR® and SPeAR® Pre-Appraisal training services, including beginner, intermediate and advanced classes. Such training can be delivered on a one-to-one basis or as morning/whole day workshop for larger groups. Training can be delivered at a location to suit your needs. We also offer training via video-conference.

Advice & Support

Arup has a number of sustainability professionals with considerable experience of implementing SPeAR® and SPeAR® Pre-Appraisal on projects. We can offer you advice and support on a wide range of issues; from materiality to data gathering and scoring, to improving your sustainability performance in relation to one, or a number of SPeAR® headings.

SPeAR Pre-Appraisal Implementation

Arup can take the lead on any Pre-Appraisal SPeAR® and implement it on behalf of or in collaboration with you. Entirely flexible, Arup's global sustainability experts can be brought it to add value at early in a project’s lifecycle.

SPeAR Pre-Appraisal Review

Finally, Arup is well placed to offer a quick or in-depth SPeAR® Pre-Appraisal review service. This service may be valuable at a number of stages in the SPeAR® Pre-Appraisal process.

A Global Service, delivered locally

Arup can offer all of the services above from most of our local offices. With offices in over 37 countries, Arup an offer services to reflect local needs and context, using our global knowledge base.

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