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BREEAM Awards 2016

BREEAM Awards 2016

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Driving sustainable real estate around the world

Driving sustainable real estate around the world

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Supporting health & wellbeing through buildings and communities

Supporting health & wellbeing through buildings and communities

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Developing resilience and helping to mitigate and adapt to climate change

Developing resilience and helping to mitigate and adapt to climate change

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Reducing Carbon with BREEAM

Reducing Carbon with BREEAM

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Celebrating 25 Years of BREEAM

Celebrating 25 Years of BREEAM

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What is BREEAM?

BREEAM is the world's leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It addresses a number of lifecycle stages such as New Construction, Refurbishment and In-Use.

Globally there are more than 530,000 BREEAM certified developments, and almost 2,200,000 buildings registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990.

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 property investments and generates sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them.

The core technical standards and processes of BREEAM promote best practice for all aspects of sustainable property development and its comprehensive, scientific approach has long been recognised. BREEAM is owned by BRE Global Ltd (part of the BRE Group), the international provider of robust, independent, third party certification of fire, security and environmental products and services. 

BREEAM in numbers

536,366 Certificates
2,229,681 Registered Buildings
72 Countries

How BREEAM Works

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. Learn how you can bring sustainable value to your development by exploring the icons below. To find out in more detail how you can secure BREEAM certification, visit here to learn more.

Category issues and aims

Learn about some of the challenges BREEAM aims to address by visiting each of the category icons below

Energy

Energy

Health and Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing

Innovation

Innovation

Land Use

Land Use

Materials

Materials

Management

Management

Pollution

Pollution

Transport

Transport

Waste

Waste

Water

Water

Awarding of credits

During the assessment process, each category is sub-divided into a range of issues, which promotes the use of new benchmarks, aims and targets.  When a target is reached credits are awarded.  Once the development has been fully assessed, depending upon the total number of credits awarded, a final performance rating is achieved.  To learn more about the certification process and BREEAM performance ratings visit here.

Investors

Why BREEAM is good for everyone investing within the built environment

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International Partners

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DIFNI
Dutch Green Building Council
ITG
Norwegian Green Building Council
Sweden Green Building Council

BREEAM works with a number of organisations establishing different types of partnerships that promote sustainability internationally and at a local level.

Some of our clients

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