Judging

The BREEAM Awards and commendations are awarded to the projects that, in the view of the judging panel, provide the best balance between high performance, replicability, innovation and the degree to which the project has gone beyond what would normally be expected for a similar project. In the Champions section, Awards will be given to organisations and individuals who have demonstrated consistently high achievement with high scoring BREEAM rated projects.

A Your BREEAM public vote will put all of the above projects to a public vote on the BREEAM website, allowing the public, users of the buildings and the industry as a whole to express their preference for their favourite BREEAM project of the year.

The initial shortlist for the Project categories of the Awards is created by taking the highest scoring projects certified under BREEAM each year. For most categories this will mean a shortlist of six buildings.

Projects must be certified between 16 November 2019 to 20 November 2020 to be considered for the 2021 awards shortlist. All certificates from BRE and BREEAM’s other National Scheme Operators are included.

The project teams, led by the BREEAM Assessor, will then invited to subject a case study outlining the reasons why they should win the ultimate award.

The shortlisted projects, therefore, represent the highest examples of independently certified projects, which are excelling in every category of BREEAM.  Where there are insufficient leading edge projects identified during shortlisting or case studies submitted for a category, BRE reserve the right to withdraw the category from the judging for this year.

Case study submission and judging

If you are shortlisted, you will be contacted by the awards team and invited to submit a case study which will be put before a panel of independent judges.

The judging panel will comprise of independent experts drawn from all parts of the property and construction industry. BRE chairs the panel, but does not take an active role in judging except in circumstances where there is a tie or the panel is unable to come to a majority verdict.

The case studies submitted by the project team/Assessor will be judged on the basis of:

  • The balanced achievement of high levels of performance against the breadth of sustainability criteria covered in BREEAM
  • The degree to which the applicant has gone beyond typical or normal practice in design and construction, refurbishment or management.  This will take account of the nature of the project, complexity of the functional requirements and the level of budget available as well as the degree of innovation that is demonstrated by the submission.
  • The replicability of the solutions adopted for other projects in the sector through the dissemination of best practice (including design; technology; construction; management practices; skills; new understanding; research; monitoring of performance; occupant behaviour).

The BREEAM Award for each category is awarded to the submission that, in the collective view of the judging panel, most successfully meets and balances these factors.

Voting decisions are based on the content and clarity of these submissions only and any additional knowledge of the schemes or buildings concerned is put to one side. Where projects are judged to fall below the winner but are, never the less, seen as exemplary the judging panel may choose to highly commend up to two other submissions in the category. In the event of a tie a joint award may be given at the discretion of the Chair.

Judges will be asked to declare any potential conflicts of interest arising from links to any of the submissions or the projects that they refer to.  Where a real or perceived conflict of interest exists the Chair may require the judge to abstain from that category vote.

Judges

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Janet Young

Government Chief Property Officer

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Janet Young

Government Chief Property Officer

Janet is a chartered surveyor with experience in the civil service, wider public sector and not-for-profit sectors. Now based in the Cabinet Office as the Government Chief Property Officer and Head of the Government Property Profession, Janet has been Estates

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Gwyn Roberts

BRE, Strategic Advisory

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Gwyn Roberts

BRE, Strategic Advisory

Emily Hamilton

Head of ESG, Savills

Emily Hamilton

Head of ESG, Savills

Emily Hamilton is a passionate sustainability professional with over 12 years experience. She is currently Head of ESG at Savills Investment Management and responsible for directing Savills IM sustainability strategy across the business’ 17 offices globally. Prior to joining Savills

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Tara Gbolade

Co-Founder, Gbolade Design Studios

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Tara Gbolade

Co-Founder, Gbolade Design Studios

RIBAJ Rising Star winner Tara Gbolade is co-founder of award-winning Gbolade Design Studio. The practice specialises in residential and mixed-use developments for public and private sector clients across the country and believe in making 'everyday places for people extraordinary'. They

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Alexsandra Njagulji

BREEAM Assessor, Global Head of ESG, CBRE Global Investors

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Alexsandra Njagulji

BREEAM Assessor, Global Head of ESG, CBRE Global Investors

Aleksandra Niaguli, has overall responsibility for developing and communicating global ESG priorities and strategies across all business lines in EMEA, APAC and the U.S. She supports the global, regional and business line Responsible Investment Management Committees (RIMCos). Ms Njagulj is

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Laura Ciliberto

Innovation and Strategy Manager, Goodman

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Laura Ciliberto

Innovation and Strategy Manager, Goodman

Laura joined Goodman in 2019 and has been active in sustainability and innovation topics for continental Europe (CE). She is one of the main drivers of the innovation and sustainability agenda for Goodman CE which has strong ambitions in terms

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Clara Bagenal George

Associate, Elementa Consulting

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Clara Bagenal George

Associate, Elementa Consulting

Clara Bagenal George is an associate at Elementa Consulting and one the Mayor of London’s Design Advocates for Good Growth.Coming from an inter-disciplinary background she works seamlessly between environmental analysis, mechanical engineering and sustainability fields.

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Agnieszka Wojcicka

White Star Real Estate, Sustainability Manager/BREEAM Coordinator

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Agnieszka Wojcicka

White Star Real Estate, Sustainability Manager/BREEAM Coordinator

Agnieszka works at White Star Real Estate, where she is coordinating the BREEAM certification process for new and existing projects in Poland and abroad. In her work she cooperates with designers, assessors and project managers to implement sustainable solutions in

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Sara Kassam

Sustainability Lead, V&A Museum

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Sara Kassam

Sustainability Lead, V&A Museum

As Sustainability Lead for the V&A, Sara has a multi-site remit to embed sustainability expertise and implement systemic change in museum operations and behaviours. She has a background in sustainability and energy management, ranging from strategic planning to practical implementation

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Roxana Isaiu

Director Real Estate, Sustainability, GRESB

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Roxana Isaiu

Director Real Estate, Sustainability, GRESB

Roxana is Director, Real Estate for GRESB, the investor-driven organisation dedicated to transforming the way we assess the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real assets on a global basis. She holds a Masters in Corporate Finance and Banking

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Jane Wakiwaka

Head of Sustainability, The Crown Estate

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Jane Wakiwaka

Head of Sustainability, The Crown Estate

Jane joined The Crown Estate in 2014 as Sustainability Manager for central London and regional portfolios. She is responsible for developing sustainability strategy across all business activities from development, asset management and tenant engagement.

GRESB Judging Criteria

GRESB / BREEAM Responsible Investment Awards

The BREEAM Awards recognise the achievement of those involved in the specification, design, construction and management of BREEAM certified buildings.

GRESB and BREEAM are working together to recognize the achievement of real estate investors in three categories:

  1. Large Portfolio [> 1 bn EUR GAV]
  2. Small Portfolio [< 1 bn EUR GAV]
  3. Individual Leadership

Judging criteria

Are established by the GRESB Management Team with input from the European Benchmark Committee Chairman. The criteria are used to determine the five candidates winner shortlist in each category.

  1. Demonstrated level of building certification adoption in the portfolio (min 75% portfolio certified)
  2. Top five portfolios with the greatest number of assets with building certification, based on percent coverage and total number of assets

Judging process

The shortlist candidates will be evaluated by the GRESB Management Team and members of the Real Estate Advisory Board, using the judging criteria presented above.