BREEAM is an environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings and now has over 200,000 buildings with certified BREEAM assessment ratings and over a million registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990. Many clients of IMS apply the BREEAM requirements to their management systems and in some cases have achieved considerable energy and cost savings by introducing the requirements.
BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building’s environmental performance.
A BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance, which are set against established benchmarks, to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction and use and will begin from the planning stage. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology and include aspects related to energy and water use, the internal environment (health and well-being), pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes.
An initial assessment establishes the potential performance of the building and this is monitored and improved throughout the project to receive a full score at the end. The scoring mechanism is stringent and to achieve a good or excellent rating is a significant achievement.
A Certificated BREEAM assessment is delivered by a licensed organisation, using assessors trained under a UKAS accredited competent person scheme, at various stages in a buildings life cycle. This provides clients, developers, designers and others with:
- market recognition for low environmental impact buildings,
- confidence that tried and tested environmental practice is incorporated in the building,
- inspiration to find innovative solutions that minimise the environmental impact,
- a benchmark that is higher than regulation,
- a system to help reduce running costs, improve working and living environments,
- a standard that demonstrates progress towards corporate and organisational environmental objectives.
Clients, planners development agencies, funders and developers use BREEAM to specify the sustainability performance of their buildings in a way that is quick, comprehensive, highly visible in the marketplace and provides a level playing field.
Property agents use it to promote the environmental credentials and benefits of a building to potential purchasers and tenants.
Design teams use it as a method to improve the performance of their buildings and their own experience and knowledge of environmental aspects of sustainability.
Managers use it to reduce running costs, measure and improve the performance of buildings, empower staff, develop action plans and monitor and report performance at both the single building and portfolio level.
For Further information visit the BREEAM website