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.

Assessing Health and Wellbeing in Buildings

Alignment between BREEAM and the WELL Building Standard

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.

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.

BREEAM UK Strategic Ecology Framework

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.

New Methodology for Generating BREEAM Category Weightings

In order to reflect current circumstances, BRE 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 operated by BRE Global.

This briefing paper provides an overview of the 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

Assessing Carbon Emissions in BREEAM

Often the forerunner of regulation, and continually challenging the industry to go beyond standard practice and innovate, BREEAM has been driving reductions in building energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions since the first scheme was launched in 1990. A recent analysis of assessment data showed that BREEAM assessed buildings achieve an average 22% reduction in CO2 emissions, and over the next five years, BRE has committed to work with industry to deliver over 9,000 certified buildings with emissions savings in excess of 900,000 tonnes of CO2.

This briefing paper gives an overview of how the schemes and assessment methodologies have evolved in response to changes in industry knowledge and practice, how they might develop in future, and how BREEAM assessed buildings perform in terms of predicted carbon emissions savings.

Health & 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.

With BREEAM in its 25th year as the world’s foremost environmental assessment methodology for the built environment, this guide has been produced to provide an overview of how BREEAM continues to drive best practice and address the impacts of the built environment on health and wellbeing.

 

Mitigation, Adaptation, Resilience: Managing Climate Change Risk Through BREEAM

Since the 1990s, BREEAM has been at the forefront of the resilience movement; embedding within its core key drivers for the design, construction and operation of a built environment that not only helps to mitigate climate change, but is also well adapted to manage its associated risks.

As the longest standing sustainability assessment method and rating system for the built environment, there is a BREEAM scheme for any type of building; new or existing, anywhere in the world.

Sustainability Bites?

The impact of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for commercial real estate lending

In recent years sustainability risks and drivers have had a transformational impact on the way in which equity investors approach direct real estate investment and management. One of the greatest drivers we’re now seeing in the UK is the introduction of regulatory Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.

This paper sets out the current thinking from the Better Buildings Partnership regarding the risks associated with Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for commercial real estate lenders and the practical steps lenders can take to mitigate such risks. We also touch on some of the wider sustainability considerations lenders may wish to take into account and the value creation opportunities they offer.