The world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings
BREEAM is the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, with 200,000 buildings with certified BREEAM assessment ratings and over a million registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990. 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 uses recognised measures of performance, which are set against established benchmarks, to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction and use. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology.
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 and portfolio level. BREEAM provides – 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
The scope of BREEAM Getting an assessment
A certificated BREEAM assessment is delivered by a licensed organisation, using assessors trained under UKAS accredited competent person scheme, at various stages in a building’s life cycle. BREEAM covers all building types, schools, healthcare buildings, offices, industrial units and more. For the housing sector, there are a number of variants: – The UK Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) replaced EcoHomes for the assessment of new housing in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – BREEAM EcoHomes for new homes in Scotland – BREEAM Multi-Residential covering buildings housing many individuals and offering shared facilities
What does BREEAM do?
BREEAM addresses wide-ranging environmental and sustainability issues and enables developers, designers and building managers to demonstrate the environmental credentials of their buildings to clients, planners and other parties. BREEAM: – Uses a straightforward scoring system that is transparent, flexible, easy to understand and supported by evidence-based science and research – Has a positive influence on the design, construction and management of buildings – Defines and maintains a robust technical standard with rigorous quality assurance and certification
Loudoun Square, Cardiff. BREEAM Excellent-rated healthcare facility and an award winning building in Wales in 2011
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.
How BREEAM works
BREEAM rewards performance above regulation which delivers environmental, comfort or health benefits. BREEAM awards points or ‘Credits’ and groups the environmental impacts as follows: – Energy: operational energy and carbon dioxide (CO2) – Management: management policy, commissioning, site management and procurement – Health and Wellbeing: indoor and external issues (noise, light, air, quality etc) – Transport: transport-related CO2 and location related factors – Water consumption and efficiency –...