BREEAM sees the application of circularity principles relating to resource use and supply chains as vital to developing a resource efficient built environment. Β We support a future where circularity principles are fully embraced and our reliance on finite resources is significantly reduced.

We are want to make sure that resilience is achieved across lifecycles, by linking the design and construction, the performance of the completed project and the use of the asset once occupied by its users.

BREEAM provides solutions in circularity and resilience by:

  1. Encouraging durable design for resilient and longer-lasting asset.
  2. Ensuring materials are sourced responsibly.
  3. Reducing water and energy consumption.
  4. Providing methods of waste reduction.

 

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Circularity and resilience in context

 

The circular economy (CE) has gained significant traction in many economic sectors as a potential solution to mitigate the clear risks of imprudent resource consumption. As a major consumer of resources and producer of waste, the construction and real estate sector must rise to the CE imperative and its underlying circularity principles.

Our goal is to encourage sustainable resource use through all our asset sustainability assessment schemes. Each scheme includes extensive resource circularity related requirements on energy, water, materials, waste, reuse and recycling.

Resilience can be characterised by four key features, known as the 5Rs: Resistance, Reliability, Redundancy, Response and Recovery. These can have different focus across sectors, life cycle stages and asset types. This framework provides the basis for understanding how the BREEAM family of standards address this topic now and informs what aspects need to be incorporated in the future. Resistance and reliability have been at the core of our standards.

Circularity in BREEAM

 

BREEAM can guide you on your journey to achieving circularity:

Through advising on resource consumption

 

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Our standards will always cover a wide scope of asset related carbon emissions including operational energy, embodied carbon, operational water, construction activities and more. BREEAM standards are designed to focus on tackling energy and carbon emissions more than any other sustainability issue.

By encouraging abundant and renewable resources

 

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BREEAM assesses embodied carbon and, in so doing, encourages the construction of assets with lower embodied carbon and lower whole life carbon. Looking forward, BREEAM intends to combine operational and embodied carbon credits into a dedicated carbon category, meaning that embodied carbon is fully accounted for in BREEAM.

By supporting durable design

 

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A pathway approach for the construction and real estate sector is rapidly gaining traction. Compared with achieving net zero carbon now, carbon pathways are often a more practical approach because the cost and activity of decarbonising is spread over several years, and external effects such as grid decarbonisation can be factored in. BREEAM can support the creation and implementation of net zero pathways.

By ensuring responsible sourcing

 

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In line with prevailing energy and LCA standards, BREEAM includes onsite/near-site renewables. In addition, most (but not all) standards, including BREEAM, assign carbon reductions resulting from any renewable electricity that is exported to the grid by the asset. Therefore, assets can become carbon positive if they generate more electricity than they use. BREEAM will continue to recognise and reward onsite/near-site renewables.

Resilience in BREEAM

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BREEAM can guide you to creating a more resilient asset

With the launch of BREEAM In-Use v6, BREEAM became the first assessment method to explicitly integrate resilience alongside environmental performance in a sustainability standard. This brought together existing issues which used to be parts of other environmental categories, but also allowed BRE to include new areas of interest, such as social risks and opportunities and those related to the transition to a low carbon economy, aligning BREEAM with The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). It also firmly established resilience as a key component of the assessment of the sustainability of building assets, communities, and infrastructure.

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BREEAM Case studies

 

Browse the latest case studies from BREEAM

 

Allonbay Village-an authentic treasure in a unique location

Allonbay Village-an authentic treasure in a unique location

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KLM leads the way in retail with their future-proof and sustainable shopping mall

KLM leads the way in retail with their future-proof and sustainable shopping mall

This extensive development is on a brownfield site. The building is owned and run by KLP Eiendom, and houses more ...
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Casa Batroun, a bespoke home, receives BREEAM Excellent

Casa Batroun, a bespoke home, receives BREEAM Excellent

Casa Batroun is a renovation and extension of an old sandstone private house in the seaside town of Batroun in ...
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Castleward- a redevelopment to create a new community of sustainable homes and businesses

Castleward- a redevelopment to create a new community of sustainable homes and businesses

Castleward is a 12.1 hectare brownfield regeneration site in Derby currently undergoing redevelopment to create a new community of sustainable ...
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The first project to have been rated BREEAM β€˜Outstanding’ under the 2014 RFO scheme

The first project to have been rated BREEAM β€˜Outstanding’ under the 2014 RFO scheme

Located at 2 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, The Hub is the headquarters of Broadgate Estates, a leading property management company ...
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Lidl Sweden is using BREEAM to become market leaders in sustainability

Lidl Sweden is using BREEAM to become market leaders in sustainability

Lidl Sweden aim to be the leading sustainable retailer. We wanted to be a forerunner and push the market in ...
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