Briefing Papers

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Sustainability Credentials & Economic Rate of Return at SISSC Marina - BREEAM Excellent

Shanghai International Shipping Service Center’s (SISSC) development on the Huangpu River in Shanghai aims to set a new standard in China for green, low carbon, smart and highly efficient buildings.

The development has pioneered the use of BREEAM in the Chinese market in order to achieve these aspirations. The development includes the first building in China to achieve BREEAM certification at both design and post construction stages. This office building, known as Building 17, is formed of twin towers comprising 13 floors (including 3 floors underground) and has a total floor area of approximately 25,000 m2. It achieved a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ (three stars) rating at the design stage assessment, and an ‘Excellent’ (four stars) rating at the post construction stage assessment. This case study paper provides an overview of how BREEAM was used to increase the sustainability benefits and value of Building 17.

Green Guide to Specification, Certified Environmental Profiles and BREEAM

The selection and procurement of construction materials makes a major contribution to the life cycle impacts of a building across the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability.

Much is talked about materials selection and many sources of information are available mostly at the level of an individual material. Through BREEAM, BRE has encouraged a more whole building level consideration of materials through the use of robust and science-based approaches and BRE’s Green Guide ratings and Environmental Profiles Certification scheme have been at the forefront of the environmental assessment of the built environment using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). However, the current focus on whole building LCAs reflects a strategic shift in the approach taken in sustainability assessment of the built environment within the BREEAM family, and the implications of this shift on the future of Green Guide ratings and Environmental Profiles Certification are described in this document.

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Delivering Sustainable Buildings: Value of BREEAM to Retail in the UK

Delivering Sustainable Buildings: Value of BREEAM to Retail in the UK shows how retailers and developers can use BREEAM to help attract customers, increase operational effectiveness and manage costs and income.

The report is published by BREEAM and Currie & Brown, the leading international asset management and cost consultancy. It draws upon on examples of the approaches and benefits seen by some of the largest and most experienced developers and retailers, and includes guidance for those aiming to get the most out of their investment in sustainable retail buildings, whatever their size or role in the sector.

Value of BREEAM

The ‘value’ of sustainable buildings is a topic that receives close attention from a wide range of industry professionals. In response, numerous publications in recent years have sought to quantify this value in its various forms and what it means for different stakeholders including developers, owners and tenants of sustainable buildings. This document aims to bring together the findings of such publications and in doing so present the business case for maximising sustainability through BREEAM certification of non-domestic (commercial) buildings. The content is organised under the business benefits categories identified by the World Green Building Council (WGBC) report on ‘The business case for green building’ and references other independent organisations including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Assessing the Performance of Sustainable Buildings in China

Synergies between BREEAM and the Chinese Assessment Standard for Green Building (Three Star)

This document sets out the areas where Three Star requirements and evidence align with those required under the BREEAM International New Construction 2016 standard. It provides assistance and guidance for those seeking to obtain a BREEAM rating alongside a Three Star rating by setting out the areas where evidence prepared to meet Three Star can be used to help demonstrate compliance under BREEAM. 

The synergies identified in this document can be used to achieve significant reductions in cost and time in the assessment process where both Three Star and BREEAM assessments are being carried out. Click on the cover image to the right to download the English language version.

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Assessing health and wellbeing in buildings - Alignment between BREEAM and the WELL building standard

BRE and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) are collaborating to promote health and wellbeing in the design, construction and operation of buildings and fit-outs, internationally. The two organisations announced their collaboration on 28 November 2016 with the aim to make it more efficient for clients and project teams to pursue both of their respective standards: BREEAM and the WELL Building StandardTM (WELL).

To simplify the process for project teams pursuing both assessment methods, BRE and IWBI have worked together to compare performance requirements, harmonise evidence and identify opportunities to streamline the process of achieving dual certification. This work demonstrates the significant synergies between the two methods and the efficiencies that exist between their respective assessment and certification processes. It forms a part of an ongoing collaboration between BRE and IWBI to work together to harmonise their approach to health and wellbeing in the built environment across their standards, research programmes and services generally.

Health & wellbeing strategy

With our built environment increasingly being designed and operated from a property investment point of view it is easy to forget the basic function of a building to provide shelter and accommodation to people and their activities whether they are at home, at work or out and about.

On average, people spend over 90% of their lives in and around buildings and much of the rest traveling between them. As such the built environment is critical to our health and wellbeing as a result of the conditions and facilities that it provides and the behaviours that it encourages.

Staff costs typically contribute 90% of the total financial burden associated with a building based business. The impact of productivity, attraction and retention, and general employee satisfaction on the bottom line means that staff wellbeing is vital to business success. The environment in which staff work, live and play are fundamental to these.

BREEAM has promoted the health and wellbeing of those that use buildings since its launch in 1990 and will continue to be at the leading edge in promoting healthier solutions as a key part of its drive to a more sustainable built environment.

This briefing paper sets out the future direction for health and wellbeing in BREEAM and how we are collaborating with international partners to promote a healthier and safer built environment for all.

For more information on this subject, you can also read the briefing paper below on how BREEAM currently address health and wellbeing.

See the video and read the press release on the BREEAM and WELL collaboration in our News area here.

Health and wellbeing in BREEAM

A key focus of BREEAM is the impact that a building or other asset has on the health and wellbeing of its occupants, visitors, neighbours and those involved in its procurement and construction. Since the first scheme was launched to address the design and construction of offices in 1990, improving indoor environmental quality and occupant health has been one of the main objectives of BREEAM. This Briefing Paper outlines BREEAM’s approach to health and wellbeing across the life cycle stages of the built environment, and provides an indication of the areas of future development for the BREEAM family of standards.

Library of Briefing Papers

Carbon Briefing Paper
Health and Wellbeing
Mitigation Adaption Resilience
Digest of BREEAM stats
New methodology for generating BREEAM category weightings
BREEAM UK Strategic Ecology Framework


What can BREEAM do for your business

What can BREEAM do for your business

Getting started with BREEAM

Getting started with BREEAM

Principles of BREEAM

Principles of BREEAM

The role of the BREEAM Assessor and AP

The role of the BREEAM Assessor and AP

How to get an Assessor on board

How to get an Assessor on board

What the BREEAM Assessor will need from the client team

What the BREEAM Assessor will need from the client team

The number 1 tip for BREEAM new build projects

The number 1 tip for BREEAM new build projects

Five things to do at the start of a BREEAM project

Five things to do at the start of a BREEAM project

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