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The value of BREEAM in the commercial building sector

This briefing paper highlights the additional value of BREEAM certifications, focusing on the non-domestic building sector.

Following 25 years of certifications, BREEAM’s  contribution to the sustainability of the built environment is well-established and recognised by the construction industry. What is perhaps less well communicated is the value BREEAM creates for its stakeholders covering non-environmental, but equally significant aspects, which address the perspectives of developers, owners and tenants.

This briefing paper highlights the additional value of BREEAM certifications,  focusing on the non-domestic building sector. It has been structured using the business benefits categories identified by the World Green Building Council (WGBC) report on ‘The business case for green building’, thus covering the following: construction cost, asset value, operating costs, workplace productivity and health, and risk mitigation.

The paper puts together findings from various publications which demonstrate the value that BREEAM brings to its certified buildings. The sources of this information include independent organisations such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

One of the highlights comes from the 2012 BSRIA report which captures the industry’s perspective with regards to BREEAM and found that 88% of the survey respondents would recommend its use to others, whilst 96% would use it again. Visit to find out more and download the briefing paper.