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.

BREEAM USA In-Use Residential Plus

Holistic sustainability certification for multifamily assets pursuing financial incentives


Introduction to BREEAM In-Use Version 6

Get an introduction to the BREEAM In-Use program, an overview to the assessment process and guidance on how to use the online assessment tool.

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.

Learn more about BREEAM USA In-Use

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:

BREEAM Digital platforms and tools

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.

Find a BREEAM Professional

BREEAM is designed to incentivize the engagement of BREEAM professionals, including the identification and appointment of a BREEAM Assessor, as early in the process as possible. 

 There are two BREEAM professionals: 


The Advisory Professional (AP) supports the client team in their individual and collective decision-making and evidence preparation. 

This role is not required but the credential provides assurance to clients of the individual’s knowledge and competency with BREEAM In-Use.  


The  Assessor  verifies compliance with BREEAM through evidence review and site visits, awards the rating. 

This role is required only when the asset is ready to go through the certification process.