What is BREEAM?
BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is a voluntary measurement rating for green buildings that was established in the UK by the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Since its inception it has grown in scope and geographically, being exported in various guises across the globe.
The standard covers these main building types:
- Specialised buildings assessed under the BREEAM Bespoke method
BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building's environmental performance.
A BREEAM assessment is separated into nine different sections namely Management, Health and Wellbeing, Energy, Water, Transport, Materials, Waste, Land Use and Ecology, Pollution and Innovation. Through these different sections, the whole impact of the building, both during construction phase and it's whole life, are assessed and scored under a credit based structure. Within these credits there are various mandatory credits that need to be attained for the different levels within BREEAM. There are also tradable credits which should be targeted and costed to get the required level.
A Certificated BREEAM assessment is delivered by a licensed organisation (BRE), using assessors trained under a UKAS accredited competent person scheme, at various stages in a buildings life cycle. This provides clients, developers, designers and others with:
- market recognition for low environmental impact buildings,
- confidence that tried and tested environmental practice is incorporated in the building,
- inspiration to find innovative solutions that minimise the environmental impact,
- a benchmark that is higher than regulation,
- a system to help reduce running costs, improve working and living environments,
- a standard that demonstrates progress towards corporate and organisational environmental objectives.
For more information please visit: http://www.breeam.org/
Who uses BREEAM?
Clients, planners development agencies, funders and developers use BREEAM to specify the sustainability performance of their buildings in a way that is quick, comprehensive, highly visible in the marketplace and provides a level playing field.
Property agents use it to promote the environmental credentials and benefits of a building to potential purchasers and tenants.
Design teams use it as a method to improve the performance of their buildings and their own experience and knowledge of environmental aspects of sustainability.
Managers use it to reduce running costs, measure and improve the performance of buildings, empower staff, develop action plans and monitor and report performance at both the single building and portfolio level.