BREEAM - general
The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is the leading environmental assessment method for buildings worldwide. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the most widely used measure to describe and communicate performance levels in the built environment.
BREEAM evaluates the following nine sustainability criteria:
- Land use and ecology
- Health and wellbeing
RSK is fully accredited and licensed to conduct BREEAM assessments worldwide* for new builds and major building refurbishments, for all types of buildings.
BREEAM New Construction
BREEAM New Construction is a low-cost service and can help to ensure that you have more sustainable, higher-value buildings that command higher rental income and retain their value. BREEAM accreditation also boosts your credentials as a green company.
While there is no legal requirement to implement BREEAM on new developments or existing buildings, RSK is finding that large companies and pension funds are opting for it because investors want ‘BREEAM very good or excellent buildings’. Similarly, public–private initiative construction funds are requesting a minimum BREEAM rating of ‘good or very good’. The banking sector may even give lower interest rates on BREEAM-certified buildings, as they have longer lives and present lower investment risks.
BREEAM In-Use is a scheme to help building managers, investors, owners and occupiers to reduce the running costs and improve the environmental performance of existing non-domestic buildings. BREEAM In-Use International is the most widely-used assessment scheme for existing buildings in Europe.
It is a two-step approach, where the building owner or building manager (or a consultant) gathers and uploads all of the applicable documentation and information in an online tool, which is then audited through a desk study and a site visit. RSK is fully accredited to do the assessment and can assist with the preparation and filing of the required information.
Three different parts can be assessed for each building:
- Part 1 – Asset: the performance of the asset
- Part 2 – Building Management: the management of the asset
- Part 3 – Occupier Management: the management of building users and services.
Each of the above parts can have a separate score, with key indicators to monitor the performance of each part of the assessment. Investments can then be targeted towards enhancing these KPIs.
Each building should be assessed at least every three years.
BREEAM In-Use International can be used as a simple desktop study that helps you to optimise your entire portfolio by developing the best divestment programme.
*BREEAM International covers countries without their own national BREEAM scheme. The UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Spain and Austria have their own BREEAM schemes.