This section is a library of resources, containing briefing papers, videos and guidance notes and documents each covering a specific area relevant to BREEAM. For ease of access the resources are arranged in to the topics of strategy, value, technical and application and more recent and popular publications are highlighted below. Select the topics that interest you using the links below and find out more about the detail behind the science, content, use and future direction of BREEAM standards.
A guide to understanding their role
This guide outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Assessor, Advisory Professional and Associate, and the important part they each play in the successful application of BREEAM and, where applicable, the Home Quality Mark. The guide has been published to assist clients, project teams and other stakeholders in understanding the value, purpose and cross-over of each role throughout the assessment process.
Current version: 0.0, published May 2018
BREEAM Journeys: China
The first in a series of publications aiming to highlight the growth and use of BREEAM International in countries across the world. BREEAM Journeys: China was produced in conjunction with BRE China for their annual conference to showcase the growth of BREEAM in China and the contribution of BREEAM to the expanding sustainable buildings market there.
The publication summarises the market for sustainable buildings in China, how BREEAM works in China, including exemplar case studies, and the synergies between BREEAM and the Chinese assessment standard for green buildings, Three Star.
Driving Sustainability Standards in New Homes
A resource for local authorities
This playbook is the output of a UKGBC collaboration and has been designed for local authorities (planning and development/housing delivery agents) across England to provide consistency and drive ambition in the delivery of much needed sustainable, quality new homes. BRE have supported this project which:
- clarifies the current legal and policy context;
- provides guidance in respect to carbon emission reduction and overheating risk;
- advocates the adoption of our HQM (and other tools) as effective means of performance assurance; and
- provides insight into viability modelling and its possible future direction
It is an industry endorsed and legally sound reference point that should give Local Authorities the confidence to push standards and adopt HQM as one of its tools to drive performance delivery. Overviews and further info can be found at BRE Buzz: Sustainability in New Homes and the UKGBC website as part of their Core Cities Programme
UN Sustainable Development Goals and the BREEAM Family of Standards and Tools
On 1 January 2016, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted by world leaders in September 2015, came into force. The 17 SDGs apply to all countries with the aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030 as part of a new sustainable development agenda. To achieve the SDGs, all aspects of society, from government to the private sector to the general public, will need to play their part. The construction and property sector will have an essential role in delivering the SDGs and their associated targets, given the significant economic, environmental and social impacts and benefits associated with construction products, buildings and infrastructure throughout their lifecycles.
We are delighted to support the SDGs and will continue to evolve the BREEAM family of standards and tools to enable significant contributions towards meeting the SDGs. BREEAM has produced an infographic (opposite) that demonstrates how and where the BREEAM family of standards and tools support each of the 17 SDGs.
Capturing the Value of Sustainability
Identifying the links between sustainability and business value
Published and researched by the UKGBC and JLL the purpose of this report, and the guidance within it, is to empower businesses and individuals to make the business case for improving environmental and social impact activities and to enable them to measure and demonstrate the value their organisations derive from such practices.
The report includes case studies that highlight the contribution to value that BREEAM makes, including analysis carried out by LANDSEC on 101 property assets which showed BREEAM certification is a significant variable in rental performance. BREEAM Excellent assets outperform non-certified assets by more than 100%, with an average contracted rent of £47.5/ft2 vs £23/ft2, and 28% of variability in contracted rents can be explained by BREEAM certification.
Assessing Health and Wellbeing in Buildings
Alignment between BREEAM and the WELL Building Standard (version 2, January 2018)
This document provides assistance for those wishing to obtain both a certified BREEAM rating and WELL Certification. It provides guidance on the areas where assessment under one method can result in efficiencies in assessment under the other. It outlines how credits awarded in a certified BREEAM assessment may be used to demonstrate compliance with WELL features post occupation and identifies areas where project teams can demonstrate compliance using the same evidence for both schemes.
Delivering Sustainable Buildings: Savings and Payback
Office Case Study for BREEAM UK New Construction 2014
Using a speculative office building project, this report explores the cost implications and payback of achieving certified BREEAM Very Good and Excellent assessment ratings. The research behind this report builds on a similar study undertaken three years ago. The new work takes account of several factors including the increased energy performance demands of Building Regulations and the updated assessment criteria of BREEAM UK New Construction 2014 scheme. It also examines the difference between BREEAM uplift costs for a building meeting London Plan energy requirements and the same building not so constrained.
The report is published by researchers at BREEAM and Currie & Brown, the leading international asset management and cost consultancy.
Assessing Health and Wellbeing in Buildings
Alignment between BREEAM USA and Fitwel
This document provides assistance for those wishing to obtain both a certified BREEAM USA In-Use rating and a Fitwel rating. It provides guidance on the areas where assessment under one method can result in efficiencies in assessment under another. It outlines how certified BREEAM USA In-Use credits may be used to demonstrate compliance with Fitwel and identifies areas where design teams can demonstrate compliance using the same evidence for both programs.
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 – A review of latest thinking in the commercial building sector
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.