The BREEAM® certification, an acronym for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology an international method developed by the UK’s BRE Global organisation that enables the measurement of the level of environmental sustainability in buildings.
Breeam References .pdf BREEAM® assesses and certifies environmental impacts in different categories:
- Health and Well-Being.
- Ecological use of land.
It covers form urban planning to new and existing buildings, to achieve an overall score of: Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding.
Its assessment method depends on the systems and criteria analysed, according to the different types of buildings, their location and use, in order to optimise performance assessment.
This certification analyses various sustainability requirements for the different stages of construction, from the project to the execution of the works and subsequent maintenance.
Types of BREEAM® certification
- BREEAM® urban planning
Aimed at improving the sustainability of urban projects.
- BREEAM® homes
Applicable to single-family homes and apartment blocks.
- BREEAM® commercial
Aimed at offices, commercial premises and light industry.
- BREEAM® tailor-made
Enables the assessment of buildings of any type that do not fall into the two previous categories.
- BREEAM® in use
A major opportunity to address the environmental impact of existing buildings and improve their management.
Benefits and advantages
Financial impact. If energy optimisation starts from the moment you begin to construct a building, energy consumption can be reduced by 70%, that of water by 40% and maintenance is also cheaper.
BREEAM® helps to reduce CO2 emissions and its methodology has a direct impact on the useful life of the building.
It extends the range of sustainable buildings that have a direct impact on the health and well-being of workers. In addition, it strengthens brand image.
It promotes sustainable construction that respects the environment.
A guarantee that the best environmental solutions and standards will be integrated into a building.
An inspiration to search for innovative solutions that minimise environmental impact.