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published: 11/12/2014

Daikin Europe hits a BREEAM AP high

Daikin Europe NV has hit a BREEAM high with 23 individuals across 12 countries trained and qualified under the BREEAM Accredited Professional (AP) programme. This represents the largest number of APs from any one single organisation

The 23 Daikin employees are across 12 countries - Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Slovakia, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Romania and UK – and will play an important role in the helping Daikin clients understand and excel in the requirements of BREEAM.

'APs play a pivotal role in achieving a high BREEAM score, providing the client and design team with expert advice on built environment sustainability, environmental design and assessment within the BREEAM framework' says Gavin Dunn, Director of BREEAM. 'They facilitate the team's efforts to successfully schedule activities and set priorities to achieve a target BREEAM rating.'

'BREEAM is the most popular sustainable building certificate in Europe and is becoming more and more important to our customers ' says Wim Vangeenberghe, General Manager Sales of Daikin Europe N.V. 'Having such a solid base of APs is another step in the right direction to make sure Daikin can give it’s customers the best support they need to obtain their BREEAM certificate.'

To be considered for the AP qualification, a building professional needs at least three years post graduate (or equivalent) professional experience working in a role covering the sustainability of the built environment. Succesful candicates must also demonstrate knowledge of integrated environmental design with an appreciation of life cycle assessment and cost analysis.

The training for a BREEAM AP consists of pre-course online learning plus a one day workshop and an exam.

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Notes for editors

  1. BREEAM is the internationally recognised measure of sustainability for buildings and communities. Over 425,000 certificates have been issued under BREEAM on more than 24,000 projects around the world, and 1.9 million buildings and communities are registered for certification. BREEAM helps to drive the sustainable performance and value of a property asset and developments as a whole. The scheme is developed across Europe through a family of National Scheme Operators including BREEAM UK, NL, DE, ES, SE and NOR. Internationally BREEAM is used in more than 60 countries. More information at  
  2. BREEAM AP training is providing by BRE Academy, which aims to lead the industry by delivering educational excellence, develop the next generation of skilled operatives and professionals, and deliver accessible and practical CPD, and lifelong learning programmes.
  3. Daikin Europe N.V. is a major European producer of air conditioners, heat pumps and refrigeration equipment, with approximately 5,500 employees throughout Europe and 10 major manufacturing facilities based in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Turkey and the UK. Globally, Daikin is renowned for its pioneering approach to product development and the unrivalled quality and versatility of its integrated solutions. With more than 50 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of heating and cooling technologies, Daikin is a market leader in heat pump technology. More information at