BREEAM is the world’s first and leading sustainability assessment method for master-planning projects, infrastructure and built assets. It addresses a number of lifecycle stages such as New Construction, Refurbishment and In-Use. Globally there are more than 557,500 BREEAM certified developments, and almost 2,260,400 buildings registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990. BREEAM is robust, of independent governance and third party accredited.
BREEAM inspires developers and creators to excel, innovate and make effective use of resources. The focus on sustainable value and efficiency makes BREEAM certified developments attractive real estate property investments and generates sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them.
The BREEAM assessment process evaluates the procurement, design, construction and operation of a development against targets that are based on performance benchmarks. Assessments are carried out by independent, licensed assessors, and developments rated and certified on a scale of Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding.
BREEAM measures sustainable value in a series of categories, ranging from energy to ecology. Each of these categories addresses the most influential factors, including low impact design and carbon emissions reduction; design durability and resilience; adaption to climate change; and ecological value and biodiversity protection. Within every category, developments score points – called credits – for achieving targets, and their final total determines their rating.
As a certification body, BREEAM via BRE Global, maintains an open, accountable governance structure. The operation of BREEAM (and indeed all their assurance activities) is overseen by an independent Governing Body and a Standing Panel for peer and market review.
“Using BREEAM means we focus not only on the buildings’ initial design and construction phase, but we also keep in mind the best, most efficient maintenance and upkeep once the facilities are in use.” Rosa Lopez, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Neinver.