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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.
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.
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).
In order to reflect current circumstances, BRE Global has recently carried out a process of reviewing and updating the BREEAM scheme category weightings. This involved the development of a new, independently peer reviewed, weightings methodology that has subsequently been implemented to derive new consensus-based category weightings for use in recently updated BREEAM schemes. This briefing paper provides an overview of a new weightings methodology which will be used to generate consensus-based category weightings for all BREEAM schemes moving forward. It provides a means of regularly reviewing weightings in a way that ensures a high level of transparency.
This document sets out the aims and detail of BREEAM UK's Strategic Ecology Framework (SEF), which has been developed to help inform and guide the future direction of ecological and related assessment criteria in BREEAM schemes. It has been published to enable those working in the built environment to better understand the basis of BREEAM evaluations, and to take account of this in their future planning. The SEF will be applied to all relevant future BREEAM scheme updates, but will not be applied retrospectively to currently operational schemes. It should be noted that some parts of the SEF will not be appropriate for all schemes and this will be reflected in the scheme criteria when these are developed.