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