news from BRE

published: 8/10/2012

BREEAM bonanza at Expo Real 2012

The growing international influence of BREEAM and the importance of sustainability for existing buildings were underlined at Expo Real 2012 in Munich with the presentation of certificates for a range of buildings in Germany and the Netherlands.

Under licence from BRE Global, BREEAM National Scheme Operators are developing country-specific local schemes in five countries across Europe. The latest of these has been established in Germany through DIFNI (Deutsches Privates Institut für Nachhaltige Immobilienwirtschaft GmbH & Co. KG) with an initial focus on a German version of BREEAM In-Use, known as BREEAM DE Bestand.

Ten of the first certificates awarded under a pilot programme for  BREEAM DE Bestand were presented for retail, office and other buildings located throughout Germany. This included presentations to the owners and managers of Garden Tower in Frankfurt and C&A Mode in Dortmund.

For the Netherlands, the Dutch Green Building Council presented BREEAM NL In-Use certificates to Heuvel Galerie in Eindhoven and Beursplein shopping centre in Rotterdam.

Other presentations included certificates for Deka Immobilien for two buildings in Frankfurt. These are among a much greater number of BREEAM In-Use certified buildings in Deka’s significant property portfolio, located in Germany, Spain, Poland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania.

Martin Townsend, Director of BREEAM at BRE Global, said: “The rapid uptake of BREEAM outside of the UK owes much to our philosophy of engaging with local organisations to adapt the core scheme to the cultural and regulatory circumstances in the country involved. This flexibility allows BREEAM to meet industry needs and drive sustainability wherever it is used.”


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Notes for Editors

BREEAM is an internationally recognised measure of a building’s sustainability. Some 245,000 buildings have been BREEAM certified and 950,000 registered for certification – many in the UK with smaller but increasing numbers in more than 50 other countries. Highly flexible, the BREEAM standard can be applied to a very wide range of building types and locations, with versions for new buildings, existing buildings, refurbishment projects and large developments. They are independently assessed – by licensed assessors – for their performance in energy and water use, health and well-being, pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management. BREEAM is based on the latest scientific knowledge and is regularly updated in line with new developments, evolving legislation and feedback from users. The current standard was launched by BRE Global in 2011 and the next update is due in 2013.