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Minimum standards

To maintain a flexible system BREEAM adopts a ‘balanced score-card’ approach to the assessment and rating of building performance. This means that, to achieve a particular level of performance the majority of BREEAM credits can be traded, i.e. non-compliance in one area can be off-set through compliance in another to achieve the target BREEAM rating.

However, to ensure that performance against fundamental environmental issues is not over-looked in pursuit of a particular rating, BREEAM sets minimum standards of performance in key areas e.g. energy, water, waste etc. It is important to bear in mind that these are minimum acceptable levels of performance and, in that respect they should not necessarily be viewed as levels that are representative of best practice for a BREEAM rating level.

To achieve a particular BREEAM rating, the minimum overall percentage score must be achieved and the minimum standards, detailed in Table 2 below, applicable to that rating level complied with.

Table 2 Minimum BREEAM standards by rating level

  Minimum standards by BREEAM rating level
BREEAM issue PASS GOOD VERY GOOD EXCELLENT OUTSTANDING
Man 01: Sustainable procurement One credit One credit One credit One credit Two credits
Man 02: Responsible construction practices None None None One credit Two credits
Man 04: Stakeholder participation None None None

One credit

(Building user information)

One credit

(Building user information)

Hea 01: Visual comfort Criterion 1 only Criterion 1 only Criterion 1 only Criterion 1 only Criterion 1 only
Hea 04: Water quality Criterion 1 only Criterion 1 only Criterion 1 only Criterion 1 only Criterion 1 only
Ene 01: Reduction of CO2 emissions None None None Six credits1Refer to technical section of for full information on requirements. Ten credits1
Ene 02: Energy monitoring None None

One credit

(First sub-metering credit)

One credit

(First sub-metering credit)

One credit

(First sub-metering credit)

Ene 04: Low or zero carbon technologies None None None One credit One credit
Wat 01: Water consumption None One credit One credit One credit Two credits
Wat 02: Water monitoring None Criterion 1 only Criterion 1 only Criterion 1 only Criterion 1 only
Mat 03: Responsible Sourcing Criterion 3 only Criterion 3 only Criterion 3 only Criterion 3 only Criterion 3 only
Wst 01: Construction waste management None None None None One credit
Wst 03: Operational waste None None None One credit One credit
LE 03: Mitigating ecological impact None None One credit One credit One credit
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