In November 2019, BREEAM delegates David Leonard and Weikai Gong attended the first Green Building Conference held at the Kyiv National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (KNUCA). Organised by Professor Tetyana Krivomaz, Professor of Kyiv National Construction and Architecture University, the conference was attended by students, members of the construction industry and BREEAM assessors … Continue reading “Green Building conference 2019, Kiev”
The end of Digital Construction Week (UK) provides a great opportunity to reflect on how the industry is utilising new technologies to drive forward efficiencies and value. This year many of the speakers were keen to focus the listeners minds on the challenges facing the industry, often referring to the Construction 2025 targets and the need to deliver our projects cheaper, faster and more sustainably, without sacrificing on quality.
BREEAM certification provides a means of recognising and reflecting the value in higher performing assets. It also provides the ability to benchmark an asset’s performance & validate is sustainability credentials in line with the BREEAM requirements. But what does this mean in terms of an asset’s impact on key sustainability issues our society and the environment are facing today?
BREEAM certification provides value in demonstrating building performance & impact, but it also has a role to play in effectively communicating this in a way that is meaningful to asset investors, owners, users and the wider public. We must consider how we present building performance information so that we can understand it in a real-world context.
Happy national allotment week! Growing stuff is good for the soul. With a rapidly growing population, an estimated 90% of our time spent inside, and with increasingly digitalised realities submerging us (you can buy virtual reality head sets in Tesco?!), I think it’s safe to say, we need to get outdoors; look at the trees, swim … Continue reading “Happy National Allotment Week!”
The BREEAM USA In-Use scheme is currently undergoing an update. The urgency of addressing the sustainability of our communities and buildings – particularly existing buildings – continues to grow. We are committed to ensuring that BREEAM continues to use the best research and science to set the standard and operate a certification program that delivers … Continue reading “BREEAM USA In-Use: Commercial Version 6 Consultation”
The BREEAM International In-Use scheme is currently undergoing an update. The urgency of addressing the sustainability of our communities and buildings – particularly existing buildings – continues to grow. We are committed to ensuring that BREEAM continues to use the best research and science to set the standard and operate a certification scheme that delivers … Continue reading “BREEAM International In-Use: Commercial Version 6 Consultation”
The homes we live in have a significant influence on our health and wellbeing. Despite this, 20 % of housing stock in England does not meet the national Decent Homes Standards according to the 2016 review of housing stock condition. This means that the dwellings fail to achieve basic standards. Including compliance with the statutory minimum … Continue reading “It’s time we make healthy homes the norm”