What is BREEAM In-Use?
BREEAM In-Use is an environmental assessment method that enables property investors, owners, managers and occupiers to determine and drive sustainable improvements in the operational performance of their buildings. It provides sustainability benchmarking and assurance for all building types.
The Value of BREEAM In-Use
Lower running costs
BREEAM In-Use identifies ways to continuously improve efficiencies through monitoring, evaluation and setting performance targets that are assessed against tangible benchmarks.
Increased asset value and recognition
Improved asset performance means that BREEAM-certified buildings support lower vacancy rates, higher rental premiums and provide a reputable and meaningful route to Environmental Social Governance (ESG).
Improved health and wellbeing
High standards of internal environments, such as air quality and lighting, and the promotion of active, healthy lifestyles are recognised to improve wellbeing, productivity and satisfaction of people living or working in the asset.
BREEAM In-Use considers an asset’s exposure to a range of risks from climate change and other drivers including flooding, pollution, natural hazards and security.
Supporting a circular economy
BREEAM In-Use adopts circular economy concepts to rethink how resources are considered, from a linear ‘take-make-waste’ approach to a more efficient and circular approach towards waste and materials.
Bridging the performance gap
Measuring and understanding the performance of buildings helps achieve designed levels of performance. BREEAM In-Use users can start planning improvements and stimulating positive change based on actual performance data and transform modelled outputs into actual outputs.
Leading the way to Net-Zero Carbon
The world is heading for a Net-Zero Carbon future in response to global challenges and growing demand from consumers, governments and investors. BREEAM In-Use provides a pathway towards achieving operational Net-Zero Carbon and beyond, using an integrated energy tool to measure stepped performance that is based on robust research, development and many years of experience as a world-leading environmental assessment methodology.
How it works
The BREEAM In-Use (BIU) assessment process operates through an online platform that enables users to register assets and assess them based on the part(s) chosen. The secure online platform has dynamic scoring which produces instantaneous outputs and includes reporting functionality that allows the user to track and improve the performance of their assets.
Register to access the Technical Manuals for free
Upgrade from BREEAM In-Use 2015 to Version 6
Building on years of experience
Since its creation in 2009, BREEAM In-Use has been used by thousands of assets in over 30 countries to benchmark, improve and certify their sustainability performance and to showcase high standards of ESG performance. The latest edition of BREEAM In-Use, Version 6, builds on this to keep encouraging and supporting the improvement of all buildings, wherever they are in their sustainability journey.
Version 6 brings major improvements to BIU’s standards for commercial buildings and a brand-new offering tailored for residential assets. In doing so, BIU continues to create, protect and grow asset value by encouraging investment in the asset’s performance, not just in obtaining a certificate.
How Version 6 drives performance forward
If you are a licensed BREEAM In-Use Assessor, you have access to a comprehensive online training to update you on the changes from 2015 to Version 6, via the BRE Academy. An interactive user guide for the updated online platform is coming soon! Watch this space.
Attend our free webinars to learn more about Version 6
How BIU measures performance
BREEAM In-Use ratings are scored against key environmental categories that provide a comprehensive assessment of a building’s environmental performance and management.
The BREEAM In-Use online platform takes users through a set of questions that are used to assess asset performance against these categories to determine its overall BREEAM In-Use rating from good and best practice to beyond.
Read the summary of what BIU assesses and access the technical manuals for the full detail.
Backed by scientific research and peer review
BREEAM In-Use is developed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) using research, science, independent peer-review and with insight and input from clients, assessors and other stakeholders. For more details about BRE, a world leading building science centre, please see here: https://www.bregroup.com/
Registering your organisation
To get started with measuring and certifying your assets, the first step is to register on our online platform to set up an account for you and your organisation in just a few minutes.
Start measuring performance
Ready to start benchmarking your assets? For commercial assets, you can get started on the online platform straight away.
For residential assets, online platform access will be available by late Summer, 2020. Want to get started before then? Great! Contact the BREEAM In-Use team and we will be happy to help you get started: BREEAMInUse@bregroup.com
How much it costs
The costs for online access and for measuring your building are available in our Fee sheet.
To certify an assessment of your asset(s) visit our listings page to find a licensed assessor.
Or you can become a licensed BREEAM In-Use assessor to help clients achieve certification by taking our industry-leading training from the BRE Academy.
“Using BREEAM (…) means we focus not only on the buildings’ initial design and construction phase, but we also keep in mind the best, most efficient maintenance and upkeep once the facilities are in use.”
Rosa López, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Neinver
“BREEAM In-Use allows us to be sure that each technical device will be properly maintained and operated 365 days per year.”
Christophe Garot, Group HO Environmental Sustainability, Unibail-Rodamco
“By implementing BREEAM In-Use certification on our building we truly believe that the running costs of the building will be lower and the building market value will increase…In addition, we believe tenants will be more willing to rent or extend contracts there.”
Alexandru Galos, Owner of Olympia Business Park
“In partnership with Macerich, RealFoundations completed an evaluation of BREEAM USA assessment methodology as the framework for Macerich to achieve sustainable performance through operational efficiency across their portfolio. BREEAM is the clear market leader with its dynamic real time scoring platform, continuous tracking of improved performance at the asset level and across the portfolio. BREEAM In-Use methodology proved without a doubt the right tool for Macerich to embed as they expand their corporate program.”
John Seaton, Director, RealFoundations
Global reach with local adaptability
The BREEAM In-Use standard is applied internationally and certified buildings can be found in over 30 countries. A common set of questions allows the user to compare assets with each other no matter where they are located. In countries where we are affiliated with an International Partner, a locally adapted version of BREEAM In-Use is available. You can find out which In-Use standard is applicable within your country view our Technical Standards Finder Tool.