BREEAM In-Use International Technical Standard

The BREEAM In-Use International standard assists property investors, owners, managers and occupiers to drive sustainable improvements through operational efficiency, including how to continually manage the operation of their building effectively.

The standard can be used to assess all existing commercial type buildings. Currently, the In-Use standard does not apply to residential dwellings.

Download the International In-Use technical standard

What difference does it make?

 It benefits investors, owners, landlords, facilities managers and occupiers by:

  • reducing operational costs and increasing efficiency
  • enhancing asset value and increasing market demand
  • helping to attract tenants and occupiers
  • improving the wellbeing, productivity and satisfaction of people working in the building
  • helping bridge the ‘performance gap’ between modelled outputs and operational outputs
  • providing independent third party certification of a building’s sustainability
  • contributing to corporate social responsibility, business reporting and sustainable business leadership.

How does it work?

BREEAM In-Use International uses an online system that enables users to register buildings, assess them and, through a licensed BREEAM In-Use assessor, certify the assessments of building performance. A dynamic scoring platform and reporting section allows the user to track and improve the performance of their building or a whole portfolio of buildings.

Where is it being used?

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. Please view our Technical Standards Tool to find out which In-Use standard is applicable within your country.


BREEAM In-Use Brochures

Driving operational excellence in building performance

The Oaks Mall, first BREEAM USA Certification

Client Testimonials

“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

Case Studies

Continue the journey

Want to find out more about BREEAM In-Use or become a licensed BREEAM In-Use Assessor, visit our training page for further details. Or if your want to certify an assessment of your asset(s) visit our listings page and find a licensed BREEAM In-Use assessor in your location.

Register your assets for assessment today

It’s easy and quick to register and manage assets online, so if you want to register your buildings for BREEAM In-Use assessment and certification then watch the video (opposite) and click here to get started.

Download the BREEAM In-Use Fee Sheet

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BREEAM In-Use Fact File 2017

Country Snapshot: Belgium

Country Snapshot: France

Country Snapshot: Sweden