With operational headquarters in San Francisco, BREEAM certification in the USA is developed and delivered by BRE Global, a subsidiary of the BRE Group. BRE are the founders and owners of BREEAM and the Home Quality Mark, and the owners of CEEQUAL.

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Benchmarking and assurance solutions for existing buildings

BREEAM USA In-Use is a comprehensive and holistic environmental assessment method for existing commercial and residential assets located within the United States.


  • provides a framework to help owners, managers and occupiers of existing assets successfully adopt sustainable solutions in a cost-effective manner and provides market recognition for their achievements;
  • is open to nearly all existing commercial and residential buildings, any size, any age and any performance level.

BREEAM USA In-Use Version 6 is here!

The update for BREEAM USA In-Use has launched! Changes include the introduction of a Resilience category and Social Impact elements and an expansion of the scope to include Residential. Download more information here:


Includes the Technical Standard Summary, the BREEAM USA In-Use: Commercial Version 6 technical manual and a Summary of Changes from the previous version.


Includes the Technical Standard Summary, the BREEAM USA In-Use: Residential Version 6 technical manual and details about the BREEAM USA In-Use: Residential Plus program for multifamily assets pursuing financial incentives.

Still want to use v2016 of BREEAM USA In-Use? Not a problem! Registrations are still being accepted through April 2021 and the last certifications for the program will be accepted in 2022.

The BREEAM In-Use assessment can independently score and assess up to three aspects of performance.

Clients choose which Part(s) to pursue based on where they would find the most value in understanding their performance. The performance can be measured for a whole building or part of the asset, such as a single tenant space. Assessment and benchmarking are easily accessed and facilitated through the BREEAM In-Use Online Tool. Certification requires independent verification of performance on-site by licensed BREEAM Assessors.

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How Does the Process Work?

BREEAM In-Use operates entirely through an online platform that facilitates the benchmarking and certification process. The secure online system has dynamic scoring which produces instantaneous outputs and includes reporting functionality that allows the user to track and improve the performance of their assets.


Client flexibility balanced with rigor and credibility: The flexibility of the standard allows for assessment of any building, regardless of age, type or industry sector.

Focus on building performance outcomes: BREEAM In-Use encourages progressive improvement of an asset’s performance, delivering improved asset value, employee health and well-being and sustainable use of resources over time.

Integration of human health and environmental performance: BREEAM In-Use integrates human health with environmental performance, providing the foundational approach to health and well-being that underpins occupant activities to promote health and wellness

Linking environmental performance and financial value: the integration of Resilience for tomorrow alongside environmental performance from today seeks to protect asset value for the future.

Cost-effective process that delivers operational and market value: low cost benchmarking allows ownership and management to understand performance and certification provides a pathway to provide assurance on the performance of their assets.

Benchmark your asset’s performance today

It’s easy to get started with a BREEAM USA In-Use assessment:

  • Register your asset in the BREEAM In-Use online platform
  • Answer questions about the asset’s performance
  • Receive an instantaneous unverified score for each Part where questions were answered

Not ready to certify the performance? Not a problem! Significant value comes from the benchmarking process, with certification providing assurance of performance to your stakeholders. Certification is optional so you choose to pursue certification if and when you are ready.

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Want to get certified?

Certification provides assurance to your stakeholders of the asset’s performance and allows you to communicate your asset’s BREEAM score. Certification is carried out by a licensed BREEAM USA In-Use Assessor, with the Assessor selected directly by the Client to conduct the assessment. Only licensed Assessors may submit for certification.

Become a licensed BREEAM USA In-Use Assessor

The BREEAM In-Use licensed Assessor verifies that the answers provided in the self-assessment are accurate through a site visit and collects evidence to support the performance. Licensed Assessors and their organization are publicly listed on GreenBookLive, and provided resources to promote their assessment services and licensed status.

Impartiality of the Assessor within the assessment and certification process is paramount for ensuring the credibility of the outcome. BREEAM USA In-Use Assessors cannot assess buildings owned by their company or organization, and on projects where they are the Assessor they cannot provide consultancy or advisory services, or be directly involved in achieving or implementing a solution on a project (though others in their organization may do so). Assessors must declare any potential conflict of interest prior to undertaking the assessment.

“The BRE USA team did a fantastic job at thoroughly prepping and explaining all the ins and outs of the program and organizational structure. The team is well organized and dynamic, which made for a very productive two-day session. I would certainly recommend the training program for anyone who is thinking about or seeking to become an Assessor for themselves and their organization.”
Allan Robles, Urban Fabrick, Inc.